Climate, Vegetation, Economic Activity, Physical Features, and GeoTerms
the pattern of weather over a long period of time
any action that relates to the making, buying, and selling of goods and services
any natural feature of Earth's surface that has a distinct shape, which includes features such as continents, plains, plateaus, mountain ranges, hills, valleys, canyons, etc.
any natural characteristic of Earth's surface, such as landforms and bodies of water
the average number of people who live in a unit of area, such as a square mile. Population density measures how crowded an area is.
an area defined by one or more natural or cultural characteristics that set it apart from other areas
a map that shows a particular theme, or topic
all the plants and trees in an area.
Climate Zone Map
shows the which of the 12 climate zones exist in an area.
Economic Activity Map
shows land use and natural resources found in a location.
shows the locations of countries, states, and important cities.
Population Density Map
shows the patterns of human settlement (how many people live in a square mile)
Vegetation Zones Map
shows which plans and trees will grow in an area.
Physical Features Map
shows the major physical features and elevation of the land.
factors of vegetation
climate, elevation, amount of sunlight, and richness of soil
parts of climate
temperature and precipitation
How to understand a thematic map
Map Title and Map Key
very cold all year with permanent ice and snow
very cold winters, cold summers, and little rain or snow
cold, snowy winters and cool, rainy summers
warm summers, cool winters, and rainfall all year
marine west coast
warm, rainy summers and cool, snowy winters
hot, rainy summers and mild winters with some rain
warm all year with dry summers and short, rainy winters
hot and dry all year with very little rain
hot, dry summers and cool, dry winters
hot all year with rainy and dry seasons
tropical wet and dry
hot and rainy all year
temperature and precipitation vary with latitude and elevation
permanent ice and snow; no plant life
treeless plain with grasses, mosses, and scrubs adapted to a cold climate
arid region with few plants
small trees, bushes and other plants adapted to a dry climate
short and tall grasses adapted to cool climates
grasses and scattered trees adapted to a tropical wet and dry climate
small trees and bushes adapted to a Mediterranean climate
trees with broad, flat leaves that are shed before winter
a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees
evergreen trees with needles and cones
broadleaf evergreen forest
tall trees with large leaves that remain green all year
vegetation varies with latitude and elevation
a group of many islands
a part of a sea or lake that extends into the land
A depression in the surface of the land; some are filled with water
a deep, narrow valley with steep sides; often has a stream flowing through it
the triangle-shaped deposit of sand and sediment that occurs where a river flows into an ocean
a large inlet of the sea that cuts deeply into the land
an area of land completely surrounded by water
a narrow strip of land that links two larger landmasses
a series of connected mountains
a long, narrow stretch of land that is surrounded by water on three sides
an extensive, relatively level area of land.
a raised area of land, such as a hill or mountain, with a flat top
a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
A large natural stream of water that runs through the land
a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water
a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river
a break in Earth's crust where magma and other material erupts from Earth's interior
A body of water completely surrounded by land.
Land along the ocean.
An area of land that rises steeply at least 2,000 feet above the surrounding land
Any action that relates to the making, buying, and selling of goods and services.
Farming in which only enough food to feed one's family is produced. Often found in the poorer countries, especially in Africa. Farmers do not have modern tools to help them. JOB: Farmer
hunting and gathering
Living off the land by hunting meat and gathering food and other resources. Most people who live like this live in a small group that travels from place to place following their food sources. JOB: Hunter or Gatherer
Raising a group of animals and traveling with them as they search for grass to eat and water to drink. JOB: Sheppards
Harvesting or cutting of trees for wood products. Some examples of wood products are paper, lumber, and furniture. JOB: Lumberjacks, Truck Driver
Digging into the Earth's surface to take out rocks, minerals or metals. Examples would be Coal, Iron, Copper, and Granite. JOB: Miner
Harvesting of sea life for consumption. JOB: Fisherman
Growing and harvesting of cash crops on a large scale usually with the help of machines. JOB: Farmer, Farm Manager, Laborer, Machine Operator
Raising and selling of animals like cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and goats for profit. JOB: Rancher, Farmer, Veterinarian
manufacturing and trade
Factories produce products and offices provide services in large quantities. JOB: Factory Worker, Engineer, Sales Representative, Banker, Teacher, Chef, Hotel Employee, Manager
Drilling, pumping, and refining of petroleum and other fossil fuels. JOB: Chemical Engineer, Pipeliner, Environmental Inspector, Technician
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