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Chapter 7

state legislature

The legislative branch of state government.

governor

The head of the executive branch of state government.

food processing

The cooking, canning, drying, freezing, and packaging of foods for market.

pulp

A soft mixture of ground-up wood chips and chemicals that is used to make paper

high-tech

Shortened form of the words high technology; having to do with inventing, building, or using computers and other kinds of electronic equipment

Sun Belt

A wide area of the southern part of the United States that has a mild climate all year.

tourism

The business of serving visitors

resort

A place where people go to

barrier island

A low, narrow island that is near a coast.

mainland

The continent or the part of a continent nearest to an island.

wildlife refuge

An area of land set aside to protect animals and other living things.

coral

A stony material formed in tropical waters by the skeletons of tiny sea animals.

reef

A ridge of rocks, sand, or coral near the surface of the sea.

tradition

A custom, a way of life, or an idea that has been handed down from the past.

reclaim

To return something, such as land, to its natural condition.

habitat

A region where a plant or animal naturally grows or lives.

endangered

Being threatened with extinction.

extinct

No longer in existence, which is what happens to a living thing when all of its kind have died out.

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