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Highlands GA Ch. 9 vocab.

Vocabulary words and definitions for Geography Alive Chapter 9
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spatial inequality
an unequal distribution of wealth or resources over a geographic area
basin
a bowl shaped depression, or hollow, in the earth's surface
plaza
an open square or marketplace
standard of living
the overall level of comfort and well being of a group of people or a country. People in developed countries generally have a higher standard of living than people in developing countries
aqueduct
a pipe or channel built to transport water from one place to another
urbanization
the movement of people from rural to urban areas, resulting in the growth of urban areas
metropolitan areas
a major population center made up of a large city and the smaller suburbs and towns that surround it
suburbs
a developed area at the edge of a city that is mainly homes. Many suburbs also have stores and businesses
rural
areas that are not close to the cities
rural decline
worsening economic conditions in the countryside, including rising unemployment and growing poverty
communal lands (ejidos)
land that is held in common by a group of people. (The group does not own the land, because they can not sell it)
unemployment
joblessness
smog
a haze in the air caused by pollution, especially the exhaust from cars and other vehicles
air quality
the condition of the air, based on the amount of pollution in it
slums
an overcrowded, dirty area of a city where the housing is usually in very poor condition
tenements
a rundown apartment building
estates
a sizeable area of privately owned property with large houses
life expectancy
the average age that a person in a given population can expect to live to. Life expectancy varies from one country to another
per capita
by or for each person. A per capita figure is calculated by dividing the total amount of something by the number of people living in a place