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South America and Human Environ. Interaction Vocabulary

South America and Human Environment Interaction Unit
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Tributary
river or stream that flows into a larger river or lake
Sediment
matter that settles to the bottom of liquid
Silt
fine sand, clay or dirt carried by running water and deposited as sediment
Pampas
region in Argentina that has flat,
fertile plains
Suffrage
the right to vote in political elections
Coup d'etat
sudden, violent overthrow of gov't
Liberate
to set free
Prominent
important
Favela
Brazilian shantytown
Natural Resources
materials or substances that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain
Renewable Resources
any natural resource that can replenish itself in a relatively short period of time, usually no longer than the length of a human life
Non-renewable Resources
resource that takes so long to form that it can't be replaced
Environment
all of the surrounding things, conditions, and influences affecting the growth or development of living things.
Consume
to use
Sovereignty
the authority of a state to govern itself
Deforestation
the loss or destruction of forests, mainly for logging or farming
Sustainability
the ability to keep in existence or maintain
Subsistence Farming
farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing
Conserve
to protect something from harm or destruction
Recycle
the process of making new products from materials that were used in another product.
Desertification
process in which arable land is turned into desert
Desalination
the removal of salt from the seawater to make it usable for drinking and farming
Guerilla Warfare
the use of surprise raids, sabotage, etc., by small, mobile groups of irregular force
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