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Geography

Picture Dictionary

WordDefinition
alluvial fan fan shaped deposit of sediment located at the base of a ravine or at the junture or a tributary with the main stream
Archipelago a large group of islands usually in a chain
atoll a ring like coral island and reef that nearly or intirely encloses a lagoon
bay a body of water partially enclosed by land but with a wide mouth that opens to a sea
canyon a narrow valley with steep cliff sides -- cut by running water
cape a point of land projecting into a body of water
channel a broad strait especially one connecting two seas
continent one of the large principal unbroken land masses of the earth
continental shelf the part of the sae floor that slopes gently down from the continents
delta a usually triangular landform created by deposits of sediment at the mouth of a river
desert a region of little rainfall where few plants and animals live
fjord a narrow, deep inlet of the sae between high rocky cliffs and created by glaciers
floodplain a landform of level ground built by sediment deposited by a river or stream
glacier a huge mass of ice that moves very slowly over a landmass
gulf a large body of salt water that is partially enclosed by land
harbor a sheltered part of a body of water deep enought to allow anchorage of large ships
hill a raised part of the earth's surface that is smaller than a mountain
iceburg a huge block of floating ice that has broken off a glacier
island a ladmass surrounded by water
isthmus a narrow strip of land conecting two larger land masses
lagoon a shallow body of water that is partly cut off from the sea by a reef
lake an inland body of fresh or salt water
marsh an area of soft low wet land with grassy vegetation
mesa a broad raised area with steep sides and a large flat top
mountain an elevated mass of land with generally steep sides and taller than a hill
mountain range a series of mountain ridges simila in size form and origin
mouth (of a river) where a river flows into another body of water
ocean the body of salt water that covers most of the earth or any of its principal divisions
oasis a fertile place in the desert where there is water and some vegetation
peninsula a landform projecting into a body of water and borded by water on three sides
plain a large low are of flat or rolling land with few trees
plateau and elevated level expanse of land
prairie an extensive area of flat or rolling, predominantly treeless grassland
river a long, natural stream of water that empties into another body of water
sea a large bosy of salt water more or less defined by bodies of land
sound a long relatively wide body of water, larger than a strait or a channet, connecting larger bodies of water
strait a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water
swamp a low, wet area with woody plants
tributary a stream that feeds a lake or larger stream or river
valley an elongated area of low land between mountains or hills
Created by: LaurelM
 

 



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