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Geography of the World - 2002 edition

Looking at the Earth; Water, Climate, and Vegetation; and The World's People.

latitudeimaginary lines that circle the earth
regionsareas that share common features
earthquakespowerful forces produced by movements along faults inside the earth
water cyclemovement of water from oceans to the air to the ground and back to the oceans
climatea region's usual weather over a long period of time
tropicalclimates of areas along the equator from 30 degrees north to 30 degrees south
cultureway of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs
urbanizationmovement by people from rural areas to cities
natural resourcesthings in the environment people use to meet their needs
subsistence farminggrowing only enough food to feed yourself
map gridhelps you find the absolute location of a place
Equatordivided the earth into two hemispheres
environmentpeople change it when they build roads or dig tunnels through mountains
seasonscaused by earth's tilt and revolution around the sun
sunmade up of very hot gases
365 1/4 dayslength of one year
hurricanes and typhoonscaused by warm wind and water currents
Mediterraneanclimate found in Italy, Spain, and Greece
erosionlandforms are worn away by water, wind, and ice
Asialargest and most populated continent
axisimaginary line throught the earth
conservationthe careful and planned use of the earth's resources so they are not wasted
corethe very hot center of the earth
famineoccurs when a group of people have a lcak of food
greenhouseeffect scientists fear will raise the earth's temperature
languagemeans through which people communicate and share information
permafrostlayers of soil that remain frozen year-round
pesticideschemicals that farmers use to kill insects
salttype of water found in the earth's oceans
summer solsticethe day with the most hours of sunlight and fewest hours of darkness
mid-latitudesregion with the greatest variety of climates
solar systemincludes the Earth, its moon, and other planets
traditional economyeconomic decisions are based on customs or beliefs
map gridhelps find the location of a place
weatheringbreaks surface rocks into gravel, sand, or soil
market economybased on free enterprise
Pacific Oceanlargest and deepest ocean
Southern Hemispherehas wummer when it is winter in the north
dialestlocal form of a language that differs from the main language
groundwatersource of most of the earth's freshwater

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