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Social Studies - Unit 1 - Chapter 1 Vocabulary

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Geography   The study of the world and the people and things that live there.  
Landform   A feature on the surface of the land, such as a mountain, valley, or plain.  
Plateau   A high, steep-sided area rising above the surrounding land.  
Climate   The type of weather a place has over a long period of time.  
Equator   The imaginary line around the middle of the Earth.  
Physical Map   A map that shows the location of physical features, such as landforms, bodies of water, or resources.  
Political Map   A map that shows cities, states, and countries.  
Capital Resource   A tool, machine, or building people use to produce goods and services.  
Human Resource   A person and the skills and knowledge he or she brings to a job.  
Scarcity   Not having as much of something as people would like.  
Opportunity Cost   The thing you give up when you decide to do or have something else.  
Conservation   The protection and wise use of natural resources.  
Region   An area that has one or more features in common.  
Economy   The system people use to produce goods and services.  
Specialization   When people make the goods they are best able to produce with the resources they have.  
Consumer   Someone who buys goods and services.  
Trade   The buying and selling of goods.  
Environment   The surroundings in which people, plants, and animals live.  
Erosion   The process by which water and wind wear away the land.  
Pollution   Anything that makes the soil, air, or water dirty and unhealthy.  
Ecosystem   A community of plants and animals along with the surrounding soil, air, and water.  


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