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Southwest Asia and North Africa Vocabulary

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oasis
an area in the desert where vegetation grows
wadi
a dry riverbed
sahel
a region on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert
desertification
when arid conditions expand into non-arid areas
opec
organization that controls the price and production of oil
steppe
dry grasslands on the fringe of deserts
mosaic
pictures made with small colorful tiles
bosporus
narrow strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara
suez canal
human made waterway that connects the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea
urbanization
when people move into cities
nomad
a person who doesn't have a permanent home
mosque
where Muslims worship
minaret
a tower attached to mosques
mecca
the holiest city in the religion of Islam
bazaar
an open air market
kaaba
a small stone building in the center of Mecca
bedouin
a type of nomad that lives on the Arabian Peninsula
haaj
a religious pilgrimage to mecca
strait of hormuz
narrow body of water that connects the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea
fertile crescent
area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
ziggaraut
large stone temples made out of clay bricks
pyramid
tombs for pharohs or wealthy aristocrats in Egypt
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