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Soil and Vegetation

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All the surrounding conditions and infuences that affect the development of a living thing   environment  
Careful saving and protection of something, such as natural resources   conservation  
A small area in a desert region that has water and fertile soil   oasis  
Condition of recieving little rain because of being on the protected side of high mountains   rain shadow  
The study of the relationships among living things and their surroundings   ecology  
The science that deals with the esrth's crust, the layers of which it is composed, and their history   geology  
Decayed organic plant material   humus  
Permanently frozen soil   permafrost  
Pertaining to soil well suited for growing crops   arable  
Relating to soil formed from the material gradually deposited by flowing water,such as clay, silt, or sand   alluvial  
Fine earth materials deposited by running water or wind   silt  
Rich fertile earth in which decaying leaves and silt are mixed with clay and sand   loam  
The natural vegatation equatorial areas having a constant heavy rainfall   rainforest  
An area of sparce precipitation whose vegatation is limited to scrub, cactus, and grasses   desert  
An area where cool summer temperatures and light precipitation can only support nosses, lichens, and grass   tundra  
A tropical land with tall grasses and scattered trees that have wet summers and dry winters   savannah  
A dry, level, short-grass region in the midlatitudes   steppe  
A needle-leaf forrest of the dry subartic regions   taiga  
a gradual wearing away by glaciers, temperature changes, running water, waves, ice, and wind   erosion  
Desolving of soil minerals by rain water that carries them down beneath the root zone   leaching  
Adding natural or chemical nutrients to the soil to make it more productive   fertilizing  
Supplying dry land with water in order to make it produce crops   irrigation  
Level land built up by deposits from a river that overruns its banks   floodplain  
The breakdown of surface rocks by physical or chemical forces   weathering  
The period from the last frost in spring to the first frost in fall during which crops can be raised   growing season  
The boundary north of or above which trees can not grow   tree (or timber) line  
Pertaining to trees or plants that remain green the year-round   evergreen  
Pertaining to trees or plants that shed their leaves during one season of the year   deciduous  
Temporarily inactive   dormant  
Stunted trees and bushes growing in poor soil or in semiarid regions   scrub  


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