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Geography

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basin
a low area of land
sea level
the level at the surface of the ocean
glaciers
large slow-moving sheets of ice
sheets
mass of glacier ice that covers surrounding terrain and is greater than 50,000 km
craters
the depression formed from the impact of a meteorite
river system
a group of rivers that are joined together
tributaries
a smaller river that flows into a larger one
delta
an area of rich land at the mouth of a river
dam
to prevent the flow of water
hydroelectric
power created by running water
weather
the condition of the air at a given place and time
climate
the average weather conditions over a period of time
Tropic of Cancer
an imaginary line that lies 23.5 degrees nothe of the equator
Tropic of Capricorn
an imaginary line that lies 23.5 degrees south of the equator
tropics
they are between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
precipitation
how much rain, sleet, snow that falls from the sky
humid continental climate
it has four seasons with long cold winters and hot wet summers
steppe climate
has very hot summers and ver cold winters with little precipitation
subtropical climate
summers are hot and humid or very moist. Winters are mild
humid
very moist
highland climate
the higher up the mountains the colder it is
windward
the side from which the wind is blowing
leeward
the side away from the wind
Marine west coast climate
a climate from southeast Alaska to California that has mild, cloudy summers and wet winters
Mediterranean climate
a climate like that of countries near the Mediterranean Sea with mild wet winters and hot dry summers
adapt
to make suitable or fit: adjust