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plain
a low-lying, usually flat area
geography
the study of the planet Earth and its people
longitude
how far east or west a place is from the Prime Meridian
relative location
a place described in relationship to another place
industry
a business that makes or puts together things to sell
location
the place on Earth where something is
Equator
an imaginary line that goes around the middle of Earth; it lies halfway between the North and the South Poles
culture
the languages, religions, customs, art, and dress of a people
continent
one of the seven large areas of land on Earth
region
an area on the Earth's surface that geographers define by certain similar characteristics
basin
a low area of land surrounded by higher land, often mountains
political
having to do with government
glacier
a large, slow-moving sheet of ice
economy
a system of building, using, and distributing wealth and resources
delta
an area of rich land at the mouth of a river; new land formed by soil carried downstream by a river or smaller stream
resource
a thing of value, often found in nature, that we can use to do or make something
desert
a dry area in which few or no people live
physical geography
the study of Earth itself; the study of the land, water, air, plants, and animals of the natural world
latitude
how far north or south of the Equator a place is
absolute location
the exact spot or area of a place
Prime Meridian
a fixed point that is zero degrees longitude and runs through Greenwich, England
place
the physical and human features that make an area special
river system
a group of rivers that are joined together
physical environment
the natural world in chich a person lives
Christian
a person who accepts the teachings of Jesus
movement
how people, ideas, and products move between places
windward
the side from which the wind is blowing
interaction
how pople settle, use, live on, and change the land
highland climate
the varying climate of a mountainous area
human geography
the study of how people live on Earth
metropolitan area
a city and its suburbs
Tropic of Cancer
an imaginary line that lies 23.5 degrees north of the Equator
renewable resource
a resource that can be used but then replanted or replaced
climate
the average of weather conditions over a period of time
service industry
a business that provides a service
natural resource
a raw material from nature
Roman Catholic
A Christian who accepts the pope as the head of the largest branch of Christianity
humid continental climate
a climate with long, cold winters and hot, wet summers; a climate with four different seasons
tropics
the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
pollute
to make something dirty, impure, or unhealthy
megalopolis
a vast city made up of many cities, one right next to another
multiculturalism
a blend of many cultures
rural
an area away from the city, such as a farm community
Rustbelt
industrial states that are growing slowly or losing population
humid
very moist
steppe climate
a climate with very hot summers and very cold winters, with little precipitation
Protestant
a Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity
weather
the condition of the air at a given time and place
assembly line
a group of workers who put parts together to make a product quickly
Judaism
the religion of Jews that teaches belief in one God as the creator of the universe
import
a product from another country sent into one's own country
pulp
a wood product used in the making of paper
cultural diffusion
the borrowing of language, customs, and religion among cultures
urban
having to do with a city
export
a product from one's own country sent to another country
trend
a way in which something is headed
precipitation
how much rain, snow, or sleet falls from the sky
tributary
a smaller river that flows into a larger one
leeward
the side away from the wind
Tropic of Capricorn
an imaginary line that lies 23.5 degrees south of the Equator
sea level
the level at the surface of the ocean
immigrant
a person who leaves one country and goes to live in another country
suburb
an area next to a city
marine west coast climate
a climate from Southeast Alaska to California that has mild, cloudy summers and wet winters
hydroelectric
power created by running water
subtropical climate
a climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters
Mediterranean climate
a climate like that of countries near the Mediterranean Sea; mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Sunbelt
the states of California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida
recycle
to make new products from old ones
Christianity
the religion of Christians