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World Geography Ch. 1-2

Ch. 1-4 of World Geography
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geography
the study of the world, its people, and the landscapes they create
landscape
the human and physical features that make a place unique
social science
a field that studies people and the relationships among them
region
a part of the world with one or more common features distinguishing it from surrounding areas
map
a flat drawing that shows part of Earth's surface
globe
a spherical model of the entire planet
absolute location
a specific description of where a place is
relative location
a general description of where a place is
enviornment
an area's land, water, climate, plants and animals, and other physical features
physical geography
the study of the world's physical features, such as landforms, bodies of water, climate, soils, and plants
human geography
the study of the world's people, communities, and landscapes
cartography
the science of making maps
meterology
the study of weather and what causes it
solar energy
energy from the sun
rotation
one complete spin of Earth on its axis
revolution
one trip of Earth around the sun
latitude
the distance north or south of Earth's equator
tropics
regions close to the equator
freshwater
water without salt
glacier
large area of slow moving ice
surface water
water that is stored in Earth's streams, rivers and lakes
precipitation
water that falls to Earth's surface as rain, snow, sleet, or hail
groundwater
water found beneath Earth's surface
water vapor
water that occurs in the air as an invisible gas
water cycle
the circulation of water from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back
drought
a long period of lower-than-normal precipitation
landforms
shapes on Earth's surface, such as hills or mountains
continents
large landmasses
lava
magma or liquid rock that reaches Earth's surface
earthquake
sudden, violent movements of Earth's crust
weathering
the process of breaking rock into smaller pieces
erosion
the movement of sediment from one location to another