Geography Vocabulary words
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A person who studies the Earth and its people.
The study of Earth and its people; divided into Physical Geography and Human Geography.
The study of Earth's natural features.
The study of people and how they interact with the environment.
The position of something or someone on the Earth's surface.
What you find at a location; every place has unique physical and human characteristics.
People's relationship with the environment, particularly how they use the environment and the impact they have on it.
A group of areas that share certain common characteristics.
A miniature model of the planet Earth, usually showing landforms, waterways, and political boundaries.
A flat projection of some aspect of Earth's surface, such as landforms and waterways, political regions, economic regions, and so on.
Exactly where something is located on Earth.
The location of a place compared to a known, familiar place.
The imaginary lines on maps and globes running east and west; used to locate places.
The imaginary lines on maps and globes running north and south; used to locate places.
A pattern of lines running horizontally and vertically that cross each other at right angles.
As used in this unit, the arrow pointing North on maps and globes.
The size of an area on a map or globe compared with the actual size of that area on Earth.
That which explains the symbols on maps and globes.
One of Earth's four largest bodies of water.
One of seven major land masses on Earth.
The shape land takes; types of landforms include plains, plateaus, hills, and mountains.
The layer of air covering Earth.
The main kind of weather in an area.
Water in the air that falls as rain, hail, or snow.
Natural Vegetation Region
A region of Earth characterized by a particular kind of plant life.
A working thing composed of two or more parts that work together and are interdependent; there are two types: open and closed.
A system that cannot operate on its own; needs something to start it or keep it going.
A system that operates on its own; it does not need ouside help to start or to keep going.