Desert Landscape and Early People

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Harcourt HorizonsChapter 11 lessons 1&2

Mesa

flat-topped mountain with steep sides

Butte

an isolated hill with sloping sides and a small, flat top

nomad

a member of a group that settles briefly in one place and then moves on to another

adobe

a brick or building material made of sun-dried earth and straw

pueblo

a communal village built by Indians in the southwestern United States

mission

a settlement set up by a religious group to teach their religion and other ways of life to native people

society

a community of people who share a common culture

reservation

land set aside by the United States government for Native Americans

rain shadow

the area on the dry, sheltered side of a mountain, which receives little rainfall

cloudburst

A sudden, heavy rain.

aquaduct

a raised channel used to carry water from mountains into cities

migrant worker

agricultural worker who moves with the seasons, planting or harvesting crops

arroyo

a brook; a creek a water-carved gully or channel

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