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nonrenewable
oil, natural gas, and coal
renewable
forest, paper, alluminum, glass and plastic
the five regions
west, middle west, northeast, southeast, southwest
geography
a study of eath and the way people live on it and use it
landform
a shape on earth's surface
megalopolis
a group of cities that have grown so close together they seem to form one city
interdependent
depending on each other to meet needs and wants
Rocky Mountains
our longest mountain range. They attract millions of people each year
Continental Divide
is an imaginary line in the Rocky Mountains
Corn Belt
in the middle west
Mississippi River
also called big water or great river
Grand Canyon
a vast and richly colored canyon on the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona
Boswash
a name geographers have given to Northeastern cities running south from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C.
climate
weather an area has over a number of years
temperature
the measurement of heat and cold
arid
dry
precipitation
the moisture that falls to Earth as rain or snow
humid
wet
latitude
east and west
longitude
north and south
parallel
a line of latitude always the same distance apart
degree
a unit of measurement that can be used for calculating latitude and longitude
meridian
any line of longitude east or west of Earth's prime meridian
prime meridian
the line of longitude labeled 0 degrees longitude. Any place east of the prime meridian is Labeled E, and any place west of the prime meridian is labeled W.
grid
a set of squares formed by criss-crossing lines that can help you to determine locations, such as on a map or globe
natural resource
a material found in nature that people use to meet their needs and wants
nonrenewable resource
a material found in nature that cannot be replaced such as coal, oil, and natural gas
renewable resource
a material found in nature that can be replaced, such as forests
mineral
a substance found in the earth that is neither plant nor animal
fossil fuels
a fuel, such as oil, natural gas, and coal that is formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago
environment
all the surroundings in which people, plants, and animals live
economy
the way a country's people use natural resources, money, and knowledge to produce goods and services
pollution
anything that dirties the air, soil, or water
acid rain
precipitation containing harmful chemical pollution that can destroy trees and wildlife and poison water
conservation
the protection and careful use of natural resources
recycling
using something again, to save discarded items, like cans or bottles, so that they can be used again