Landform Definitions

Created by 18byron_cassidy 

Upgrade to
remove ads

These are the definitions of landforms Mrs. Ziraldo gave us.

archipelago

a group of closely scattered islands

atoll

ring-shaped island formed by coral buildup on the rim of an underwater volcano

canyon

deep, narrow valley with high steep walls

delta

triangular section of land built up at a river's mouth

glacier

large body of ice that moves across the earth's surface

jungle

densely overgrown land with tropical vegetation

ocean

large continuous body of salt water

sea

body of salt water surrounded almost entirely by land

sound

long, wide body of water connecting larger bodies of water, larger than a channel

badlands

area of barren land with roughly eroded ridges and peaks

cape

point of land projecting into a body of water

desert

dry areas of land, desolate, waterless, and without vegetation

gulf

an area of a sea or ocean partially enclosed by land, larger than a bay

lagoon

shallow pool of water at the center of an atoll

peninsula

piece of land that is surrounded by water on 3 sides

swamp

lowland region saturated by water

bay

body of water that is partly enclosed by land with a wide outlet to the ocean

cave

underground hollow often having an opening in the side of a hill or cliff

dune

in deserts and on beaches, windblown sand that have formed hills

hill

part of land that rises noticeably above the rest of the land

lake

body of water completely surrounded by land

plain

flat or gently rolling lands

beach

sandy, pebbly, or rocky shore of a body of water

tundra

vast treeless plains with permafrost and small, low plants

channel

deeper part of a river or harbor

fjord

long, steep-sided glacial valley now filled by seawater

iceburg

large chunks of ice that break off glaciers

marsh

an area of low-lying, wet land

plateau

flat land mass higher than the surrounding land, with at least one steep side (papa bear)

valley

lowland between mountain ranges or hills, often having a river or stream running along the bottom

butte

hill that rises abruptly from surrounding area withsloping sides and a flat top (baby bear)

cliff

high, steep or overhanging rock face

forest

dense growth of trees and other plants covering a large area

island

a piece of land surrounded by water

mesa

flat-topped, elevated landform (mama bear)

prairie

an inland grassland area

volcano

mountains formed when lava rises through the earth's crust

canal

an artificial waterway used for irrigation or travel

continent

one of the seven large landmasses on earth

geyser

natural hot spring that emits a column of water and steam into the air

isthmus

narrow piece of land that connects 2 large landmasses and separates 2 bodies of water

mountain

land that rises above surrounding land with steep slopes and a peak or summit

river

a stream of water of considerable volume

waterfall

steep descent of water from a height

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set