Card Set Information
World Geo STAAR review
Spatial information systems
that merge information from several sources.
to provide navigation information.
Entire region shares a common physical or human characteristic. Ex: Gulf-coastal Atlantic plains are relatively flat and on the Gulf of Mexico.
A focal point linked by infrastructure or shared association. Ex: Port of Houston is break of bulk point for the southern United States.
Reflects people's feelings or perception of a particular area. Ex: the "South" can be defined by many different people for different reasons such as food types or dialect.
land or rock part of earth (including land under water). Ex: Mountain, plain, valley, continental shelf, canyon, island, mesa.
Air (gases) that extends about 6,000 miles above earth's surface
Water in, on and above earth in all of its forms. Ex: Groundwater, oceans, lakes, ice caps, water vapor, clouds.
Parts of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere that supports life (living organisms like plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria)
Lithosphere, consists of large tectonic plates and move relative to each other; movement causes earthquakes and land-forms such as mountains and volcanoes at plate boundaries.
Breaking down of rock into smaller pieces; it is caused by wind, water, freezing and thawing; these actions put stress on the rock and cause them to break apart.
Movement of weathered rock caused by gravity, water, wind, or ice.
waves can be either constructive or destructive
weathering, erosion, and eroded rock that result in accumulation of sediment; organic matter combines with sediment to produce soil that can support life.
between Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
Polar (high latitudes)
North of the Arctic Circle or South of the Antarctic Circle
Temperate (middle latitude)
Between tropical zone and polar zone
Conditions at a particular time and place; can change quickly; hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, droughts, and blizzards.
seasonal pattern of wearher conditions in an area over many years; does not change suddenly
the spread of plants, animals, goods, and ideas from place to place over time
movement of people from one location to another. Physical geography affects paths, flows and destinations.
measure of how "crowded" a place is; how many people in a given area
number of live births per 1000 people
Number of deaths per 1000 people
birth rate minus death rate of population
Shows population details by age and gender
meeting today's wants and needs without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their wants and needs
can be used and replaced over a relatively short time period such as trees and water
cannot be replaced or can be replaced only over millions of years such as oil and diamonds
large population centers that include commercial, industrial and residential areas
Growth of cities; fewer than 5% of people lived in cities two hundred years ago, now, more than half of the world's population live in cities