Geography From A to Z

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Geography From A to Z
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  1. Small tropical islands and reefs that encircle shallow pools of seawater called lagoons.
    Atoll
  2. A group of islands clustered together in an open expanse of sea or ocean.
    Archipelago
  3. Rocky wasteland that has been carved by erosion into intricate and fantastic shapes.
    Badland
  4. A small area of sea or lake partly enclosed by dry land.
    Bay
  5. The sandy or rocky land at the edge of an ocean, sea, or lake.
    Beach
  6. An isolated, rocky hill or mountain with a small flat top.
    Butte
  7. A deep, narrow valley with steep, rocky sides.
    Canyon
  8. A pointed piece of land that projects from a coastline.
    Cape
  9. A hollow underground chamber, usually one with an opening in the side of a hill or mountain.
    Cave
  10. A sheer, steep face of rock or earth
    Cliff
  11. One of the seven great masses of land on Earth
    Continent
  12. Long mountain ridgelines that determine the directions a continent's rivers will flow.
    Continental Divide
  13. A shallow underwater plain that is the real outer edge of a continent.
    Continental Shelf
  14. A deep crack in either the ice on top of a glacier or the ground after an earthquake.
    Crevasse
  15. A fan-shaped deposit of mud and sand, often green with vegatation, found at the mouths of many rivers.
    Delta
  16. A very dry and desolate land that receives little or no rainfall.
    Desert
  17. A mound or ridge of loose sand shaped by blowing winds.
    Dune
  18. A long, narrow inlet of the sea between tall, rocky cliffs.
    Fjord
  19. A shallow place in a stream where people and animals can safely wade from one bank to the other.
    Ford
  20. A region thickly covered with trees and abundant underbrush.
    Forest
  21. A naturally hot, or geothermal, spring that shoots scalding water and steam high into the air.
    Geyser
  22. A great mass of ice slowly sliding down a mountain slope or through a valley.
    Glacier
  23. A vast open plain covered with natural or planted grasses
    Grassland
  24. A small, narrow, rocky ravine.
    Gulch
  25. A large inlet of ocean or sea that is partially surrounded by land.
    Gulf
  26. The area where a river originates and begins its journey to the sea.
    Headwater or Source
  27. A mountainous or hilly region that stand above the surrounding landscape.
    Highland
  28. An elevated, rounded point of land that is lower and smaller than a mountain.
    Hill
  29. A large chunk of floating ice that has broken off, or calved, froma glacier.
    Iceberg
  30. A piece of land that is smaller than a continent and completely surrounded by water.
    Island
  31. 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.
    Isthmus
  32. A hot, humid, tropical rain forest.
    Jungle
  33. A very small, low, offshore island or reef.
    Key
  34. A large inland body of water.
    Lake
  35. A low, spongy wetland covered with thick, healthy growths of tall grasses and reeds.
    Marsh
  36. A bend in the winding, looping course of many lowland rivers.
    Meander
  37. A rugged, upthrust mass of rock that looms high above the surrounding land.
    Mountain
  38. An opening or gap in a mountain range that serves as a path or road across the mountain.
    Mountain Pass
  39. A long, connected chain of mountains and hills.
    Mountain Range
  40. The place where a stream flows into a larger body of water.
    Mouth
  41. 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.
    Ocean
  42. A massive mountain range lying at the bottom of an ocean or sea.
    Ocean Ridge
  43. A bold line of high, steep cliffs.
    Palisade
  44. A large piece of land that juts far out into the water and is almost surrounded by water.
    Peninsula
  45. A broad region of flat or gently rolling, treeless land.
    Plain
  46. A large highland plain that rises sharply above the surroundling land.
    Plateau
  47. A high, prominent point on a rocky coastline.
    Promontory or Headland
  48. A stretch of stream or river where the fast-moving current crashes against the rocks and boulders in its path.
    Rapids
  49. A narrow chain of rock, sand, or coral lurking just below tor just above the water.
    Reef
  50. A long, large stream.
    River
  51. An underwater ridge of sand built up by tides and currents.
    Sandbank or Sandbar
  52. A large body of salt water that is smaller than an ocean
    Sea
  53. A hollow chamber eaten into a coastal cliff by the pounding power of crashing waves.
    Sea Cave
  54. An underwater mountain.
    Seamount
  55. A long, broad ocean inlet that is roughly parallel to the coast.
    Sound
  56. A narrow waterway that connects two larger bodies of water.
    Strait
  57. A body of flowing water.
    Stream
  58. A marsh with trees
    Swamp
  59. A huge, treeless plain bordering the Arctic Ocean
    Tundra
  60. A gently slping depression between hills or mountains.
    Valley
  61. An opening or vent in the earth's crust through which ashes, hot gases, and lava erupt.
    Volcano
  62. A stream that flows over the edge of a cliff.
    Waterfall
  63. A broad belt of climate and geography that encircles the earth.
    Zone (Tropical, Temperate, & Polar)

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