Africa Vocabulary Words

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Delta
Land formed by soil in the water that is dropped as the river slows and enters the sea
Bazaar
Traditional Arab open-air market
Wadi
Dry stream or river bed that holds water after a heavy rain
Reservoir
A natural or artificial lake used to store water for human needs
Sahel
The region just south of the Sahara
Escarpment
a steep slope or cliff
Savannah
a grassland with scattered trees
Leaching
The dissolving and washing away of nutrients in soil is
Plateau
an elevated block of land with a flat or gently rolling surface
Chaparral
drought-resistant brush
Oral History
a tradition of , or history passed down by word of mouth
Population Densituy
the average number of people in a given area
Land Degradation
The reduction in the productive potential of land
Sandstorm
The blowing of hot air, dust and grit
Perennial Irrigation
System that provides needed water to fields throughout the year
Apartheid
South African strict policy of racial segregation
Colonialism
People subjected to foreign rule
Fellaheen
Egyptian peasants
Caravan
Large group who crossed the desert
Medinas
Older Arab sections of North African cities
Souks
Market areas
Basin Irrigation
Building of walls around fields in order to trap the water and silt overflowing from the banks of a river