Africa: Chapter 1 Key Terms

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plateau

a large, level area that rises above the surrounding land; has at least one side with a steep slope

elevation

the height of land above sea level

rift

a deep crack in Earth's surface

tributary

a river or stream that flows into a larger river

fertile

rich in the substances plants need to grow well

irrigate

to supply with water through a ditch, pipe, channel, or sprinkler

drought

a long period of little or no rain

oasis

a fertile place in a desert where there is water and vegetation

savanna

a region of tall grasses with scattered trees

nomad

a person who has no permanent, settled home and who instead moves from place to place

subsistence farming

raising just enough crops to support one's family

cash crop

a crop that is raised for sale

economy

a system for producing, distributing, consuming, and owing goods and services

diversify

to add variety to; to expand a country's economy by increasing the variety of goods produced

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