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Southwest Region

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adobe
a special clay used for building
butte
a landform with steep sides and a flat top:smaller than a mesa
canyon
a deep valley with steep, rocky walls
erode
to wear away
fossil
the trace of a plant or animal that lived before the present geologic age
freighter
a ship used for carrying cargo
Great Divide
a boundary that runs along the crest of the Rocky Mountains and separates the rivers that flow to the Atlantic Ocean from rivers that flow to the Pacific Ocean
heritage
the history and tradition shared by a group of people
landlocked
a region, such as a country or state, that is entirely surrounded by land
legend
a list of symbols appearing on a map
mesa
a landform with a flat top and steep sides. Comes from the Spanish word for "table".
peak
the highest point of a mountain
powwow
a Native American gathering of people to have fun and to preserve culture
rapids
a part of a river where the water rushes quickly
rodeo
a show and contest of skills performed by cowboys and cowgirls
Anasazi
a Native American people living in the Southwest from A.D. 100-1300
blacksmith
a person who shapes iron into horseshoes, tools and other objects
derrick
a tall framework that supports an oil drilling rig
Hopi
a Native American people of the Southwest
kiva
an underground room in a Hopi pueblo where special religious rites are held
pueblo
a Native American village in the Southwest
rustler
a cattle thief
Texas longhorn
Southwestern breed of cattle with long, curved horns
tortilla
a round, flat Mexican bread made from cornmeal or flour
wagon train
a line of wagons traveling cross-country
desert
an area of land that receives less than ten inches of rain in a year
continent
one of Earth's seven largest bodies of land- Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America
dune
a hill of sand
Equator
an imaginary line around the middle of the Earth, halfway between the North Pole and South Pole
herding
raising animals for meat, milk, hides and other products
nomads
people who do not live in one place but move with their herds
oasis
a place in the desert where there is always water