reservoir A man-made lake for storing water. Click on the ‘house’ to return to the main list.
plateau An area of high flat land.
marsh low, wet land.
gulf A large body of water partly surrounded by land.
lake A large body of water completely surrounded by land.
tributary A stream that flows into a larger river.
stream A small body of flowing water.
canal A man-made waterway used for transportation or irrigation.
basin A broad, flat area surrounded by hills or mountains.
mesa A flat-topped hill with steep sides; common in deserts.
channel A narrow waterway connecting two bodies of water.
bay A small area of ocean partly A small area of ocean partly surrounded by land
plain A large area of flat or gently rolling land.
peak The pointed top of a mountain.
canyon A narrow valley with high, steep sides.
isthmus A narrow strip of land connecting two larger land masses.
harbor A sheltered area along a seacoast where ships can anchor.
island Land completely surrounded by water.
delta A land deposit at a river’s mouth.A land deposit at a river’s mouth.
peninsula Land surrounded by water Land surrounded by water on three sides.
geography The study of the earth and the way people live on it and use it. The study of the earth and the way people live on it and use it.
landform A shape on the earth’s surface.
mountain range A series of many mountains.
Atlantic Coastal Plains Flat lands, beside the Atlantic Ocean
Appalachian Mountains Low, rounded hills
Interior Plains Grasslands Central and Great Plains
Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountains Tall peaks. Longest mountain range in the United States (Grand Canyon)
Great Basin desert
Pacific Mountains and Valleys Sierra Nevada and Coastal Ranges
weather Conditions of the air at a given time and place. at a given time and place.
climate Weather that takes place Weather that takes placeover many years.
natural resources Material found in natureMaterial found in nature that people use and need.
fossil fuel A fuel that is formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived long ago
mineral Substance found in the earth that is neither a plant or an animal.
region A large area that has common features.
boswash Megalopolis - Area from Boston Washington, DC
manufacturing Making things by machinery.
government The group of people in charge of running the country.
megalopolis A group of cities so close together that they form one city.
piedmont Rolling hills
economy The way people use resources to make and sell goods and services.
industry A branch of business or manufacturing that makes a product or service.
diversity Produce a variety of crops to make more money. cornwheat cotton
aqueduct A pipe or canal that is used to carry water long distances from lakes and rivers.
rain shadow An area on a mountain that does not get much rain because clouds passing over it have lost much of their moisture.
Continental Divide Precipitation on the West goes to the Pacific Ocean, Precipitation on the East goes to the Atlantic Ocean.
volcano A hill, mountain, or island that is composed wholly or in part of ejected material (lava) A hill, mountain, or island that is composed wholly or in part of ejected material (lava) Example: The Hawaiian Islands