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alluvial-soil deposits
sand and mud deposited by the flowing water
delta
a triangular section of land built up at a river's mouth
wadi
in the desert, a steambed that is dry except during a heavy rain
phosphates
natural minerals containing chemical compounds often used in fertilizers
oasis
small area in a desert where water and vegetation are found, usually because of underground springs
seismic
related to earthquakes
cereal
any grain, such as barley, oats or wheat, grown for food
pastoralism
the raising and grazing of livestock
ethnic diversity
differences amoung groups of people based on their origins, languages, customs, or beliefs
domesticate
to take plants and animals from the wild and tame them or otherwise make them useful to people
cuneiform
sumarian writing system using wedge-shaped symbols pressed into clay tablets
hieroglyphics
egyptian writing system using pictures and symbols to represent words or sounds
qanat
underground canals used in water systems if ancient Persians
monotheism
belief in one God
prophet
person believed to be the messenger from God
mosque
in Islam, a house of public worship
nationalism
belief in the right of each people to be an independent nation
nationalize
to place a company or industry under government control
ziggurat
large step-like temple of mud brick built in ancient Mesopotamia
bedouin
member of the nomadic desert peoples of North Africa and Southwest Asia
suq
an enclosed marketplace in the region of North Africa and Southwest Asia