Geography From A to Z
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Geography From A to Z
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Small tropical islands and reefs that encircle shallow pools of seawater called lagoons.
A group of islands clustered together in an open expanse of sea or ocean.
Rocky wasteland that has been carved by erosion into intricate and fantastic shapes.
A small area of sea or lake partly enclosed by dry land.
The sandy or rocky land at the edge of an ocean, sea, or lake.
An isolated, rocky hill or mountain with a small flat top.
A deep, narrow valley with steep, rocky sides.
A pointed piece of land that projects from a coastline.
A hollow underground chamber, usually one with an opening in the side of a hill or mountain.
A sheer, steep face of rock or earth
One of the seven great masses of land on Earth
Long mountain ridgelines that determine the directions a continent's rivers will flow.
A shallow underwater plain that is the real outer edge of a continent.
A deep crack in either the ice on top of a glacier or the ground after an earthquake.
A fan-shaped deposit of mud and sand, often green with vegatation, found at the mouths of many rivers.
A very dry and desolate land that receives little or no rainfall.
A mound or ridge of loose sand shaped by blowing winds.
A long, narrow inlet of the sea between tall, rocky cliffs.
A shallow place in a stream where people and animals can safely wade from one bank to the other.
A region thickly covered with trees and abundant underbrush.
A naturally hot, or geothermal, spring that shoots scalding water and steam high into the air.
A great mass of ice slowly sliding down a mountain slope or through a valley.
A vast open plain covered with natural or planted grasses
A small, narrow, rocky ravine.
A large inlet of ocean or sea that is partially surrounded by land.
The area where a river originates and begins its journey to the sea.
Headwater or Source
A mountainous or hilly region that stand above the surrounding landscape.
An elevated, rounded point of land that is lower and smaller than a mountain.
A large chunk of floating ice that has broken off, or calved, froma glacier.
A piece of land that is smaller than a continent and completely surrounded by water.
A narrow strip of land that does two things: 1) it connects two much larger areas of land, and 2) it narrowly separates two large bodies of water.
A hot, humid, tropical rain forest.
A very small, low, offshore island or reef.
A large inland body of water.
A low, spongy wetland covered with thick, healthy growths of tall grasses and reeds.
A bend in the winding, looping course of many lowland rivers.
A rugged, upthrust mass of rock that looms high above the surrounding land.
An opening or gap in a mountain range that serves as a path or road across the mountain.
A long, connected chain of mountains and hills.
The place where a stream flows into a larger body of water.
1) The entire body of salt water that covers nearly 3/4 of the earth's surface. 2) Any one of the five separate oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic or Antarctic.
A massive mountain range lying at the bottom of an ocean or sea.
A bold line of high, steep cliffs.
A large piece of land that juts far out into the water and is almost surrounded by water.
A broad region of flat or gently rolling, treeless land.
A large highland plain that rises sharply above the surroundling land.
A high, prominent point on a rocky coastline.
Promontory or Headland
A stretch of stream or river where the fast-moving current crashes against the rocks and boulders in its path.
A narrow chain of rock, sand, or coral lurking just below tor just above the water.
A long, large stream.
An underwater ridge of sand built up by tides and currents.
Sandbank or Sandbar
A large body of salt water that is smaller than an ocean
A hollow chamber eaten into a coastal cliff by the pounding power of crashing waves.
An underwater mountain.
A long, broad ocean inlet that is roughly parallel to the coast.
A narrow waterway that connects two larger bodies of water.
A body of flowing water.
A marsh with trees
A huge, treeless plain bordering the Arctic Ocean
A gently slping depression between hills or mountains.
An opening or vent in the earth's crust through which ashes, hot gases, and lava erupt.
A stream that flows over the edge of a cliff.
A broad belt of climate and geography that encircles the earth.
Zone (Tropical, Temperate, & Polar)