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Geography Chap 1-4

Absolute Location The exact place on earth where a geographic feature is found
Relative Location Describes a place in comparison to other places around it
Place Physical features and cultural characteristics of a location
Region An area of the earths surface with similar characteristics
Movement The way people goods and ideas move from place to place
Interaction man/enviroment How humans interact with their enviroment
Cartographer Mapmaker
Map Projection A way of drawing the earths surface that reduces distortion caused by presenting a round earth on a flat paper
Landsat A series of satellites that orbit more than 100 miles above earth
Topographic Map A representation of natural and man made features of the earth
Biosphere The part of the earth where the plants and animals live
Cataract A step like series of waterfalls
Drainage Basin An area drained by a major river and its tributes
Epicenter The point directly above the focus on the earths surface
Fault Fracture in the earths crust
Humus Organic material
Hydrologic Cycle The continous circulation of water between the atmosphere in the oceans and the earth
Lava Magma that has reached the earths surface
Loess Windblown silt and clay sediment that produce very fertile soil
Moraine A ridge or hill of rock carried and finally deposited by a glacier
Richter Scale A way to measure information collected by seismographs to determine the relative strength of an earthquake
Ring of Fire The chain of volcanoes that lines the Pacific Rim
Sediment small pieces of rock produced by weathering process
Seismograph A device that measures the size of the waves created by an earthquake
Tectonic Plates An enormous moving shelf that forms the earths crust
Topography The combined characteristics of landforms and their distributions in a region
Rain Shadow The land on the leeward side of hills or mountains that gets little rain from the descending dry air
Hurricane A storm that forms over warm tropical ocean waters
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