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Landforms and Bodies of Water I

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landform
an area of the Earth's surface with a definite shape; mountains and hills are an example
plate
a huge section of Earth's crust.
plate tectonics
the theory that the Earth's crust is made of huge, slowly moving slabs of rock called plates
mountain
an area that rises steeply at least 2,000 feet above surrounding land; usually wide at the bottom and rising to a narrow peak or ridge. Everest is one of the most famous examples
plain
a large area of flat or gently rolling land.
pangaea
according to scientific theory, a single landmass that broke apart to form today's separate continents; thought to have existed about 180 million years ago.
delta
a triangular-shaped plain at the mouth of a river, formed when sediment is deposited by flowing water.
isthmus
a narrow strip of land that has water on both sides and joins two larger bodies of land.
island
an area of land completely surrounded by water
peninsula
land nearly surrounded by water; usually on three sides.
plateau
a large, mostly flat area that rises above the surrounding land; at least one side has a steep slope
hill
elevated land with sloping sides and rounded summit; generally smaller than a mountain
lake
a body of fresh or salt water of considerable size, surrounded by land
tundra
a vast treeless plain in the arctic regions between the ice cap and the tree line
river
a large stream of water of natural origin which drains an area of land and flows into another river or body of water
canal
a constructed channel filled with water used for navigation, irrigation, or drainage
mesa
broad, flat-topped landform with steep sides; smaller than a plateau
pierogi
extremely delicious Polish dumplings stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. They are usually semicircular, fried or boiled, and served with butter or sour cream.