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Topography
The shape of the land
Elavation
The height above sea level of a point on Earth's surface
Relief
The difference in elevation between the highest and lowesst part of an area
Landforms
A feature of topography formed by the processes that shape Earth's surface.
Plains
A land form made up of flat or getly rolling land with low relief
Mountains
A landform with high elevation and high relief
Mountain range
A group of mountains that are closely related in shape, stucture and age
Mountain system
The different mountain ranges in a region make up a mountain system
Mountain belt
Mountain ranges and mountain systems in a long, connected chain form a larger unit called a mountain belt
Plateaus
A landform region that has high elevation and a more or less suface
Lithosphere
Earth's solid rocky outer layer
Hydrosphere
Earth's water
Atmosphere
The gasses on Earth
Biosphere
The portion of the Earth and its atmosphere that can support life
Topographic map
A map showing the surface features of an area
USGS
United States giological survey
Contour line
Closely spaced lines = steep slopes widely spaced = gentle slopes
Contour interval
Amount of space of elevation between slopes
Index contour
Index contours are usually shown as every fifth contour
GPS
Global positioning system
Landform region
A large area of land where the topography is similar