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vocab 1-14

geography words

exact location of a place on the earth described by global coordinates absolute location
a group of islands close together in an ocean or sea archipelago
area of land drained by a given river and its branches; area of land surrounded by lands of higher elevation. Basin
a part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline, generally smaller than a gulf. Bay
deep and narrow valley with steep walls canyon
point of land that extends into a river, lake, or ocean cape
channel wide straight or waterway between two landmasses that lie close to eachother
divide strech of high land that separates river systems
lowland land usually leveled at a low elevation.
longitude distance east or west of the prime meridian measured in degrees.
latitide distance north or south of the equator measured in degrees.
lake a sizeable inland body of water.
narrow stretch of land connecting two larger land masses. ithmus
land area smaller than a continent completely surounded by water. island
hill elavated land with sloping sides and rounded summit; generally smaller than a mountain.
elvated area such as a hill, mountain or plateau. highland
a sheltered place along a shoreline where ships can anchor saftely. harbor
gulf Part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline; generallylarger and more deeply indented than a bay.
glacier large, thick body of slowly moving ice.
a long, narrow coastal inlet with steep sides, often formed by glacial action,especially fjord
cliff steep high wall of rock earth or ice
continent one of t he seven large landmasses on the earth
countour lines lines that join points of equal elevation on the surface of the land above or below a referance surface, such as mean sea level
charactaristic that humans have created in a place such has language, religion, housing, or settelment patterns culteral feature
flat low lying land built up from soil carried downstream by a river and deposited at its mouth delta
downstream direction in which a river or stream closed from its source to its mouth
elevation height of land above sea leval
equater imaginary line that runs around the earth between the north and south poles, used as the starting point to measure degrees of north and south latitude.
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