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LANDFORMS Physical features on the Earth’s surface on the Earth’s surface Created by: Meggan Schlein & Kristie Benton 2005
PLAIN A flat land that is low in elevation Examples: Great Plains, Texas, Central Australia (Outback)
PLATEAU An elevated flat land Examples: Colorado, Tibet, South Africa
MOUNTAIN A very tall, natural piece of land with steep sides Examples: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest, Mt. McKinley Mt. St. Helens
MOUNTAIN RANGE A Group of mountains Examples: Rockies, Smokey Mtns., Himalayas, Andes, Alps
VALLEY A low place between mountains Example: Napa California South TX Death Valley, Utah
A deep valley with narrow sides created by erosion Example: Grand Canyon, AZ Big Bend, TX CANYON
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
PENINSULA A body of land that is surrounded by water on three sides Examples: Florida, Baja (Mexico),
Examples: India, Italy
Examples of Peninsulas (continued) Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) Bolivar Peninsula (Galveston, TX)
ISLAND Land completely surrounded by water Example: Galveston Madagascar Tasmania
ARCHIPELAGO A group or chains of islands Examples: Hawaii Hawaii
ISTHMUS A narrow strip of land connecting two land masses Examples: Panama, Corinth
Canal Manmade waterway, a shortcut to transport ships Examples: Panama Canal
Suez Canal, Corinth Canal, Erie Canal
L A K E A large body of water that is surrounded by land on all sides Examples: Great Lakes, Salt Lake Lake Jackson
RIVER A large, flowing body of water Examples: Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, Nile, Amazon
DELTA Triangular shaped area where sediment is deposited at the mouth of a river (where it empties into another body of water) Examples: Nile River Delta, Mississippi River Delta
SEA or GULF A large body of salty water that is often connected to an ocean Examples: Mediterranean Sea Caribbean Sea Gulf of Mexico Gulf of Hormuz
STRAIT A narrow body of water that connects 2 larger bodies of water Examples: Bering Strait Strait of Gibraltar Strait of Gibraltar
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