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World Geography Chapter 1

The world of plants, animals, and other living things in earth's land and waters
A ridgelike mass of rock, gravel, sand, and clay carried and deposited by a glacier
A thick layer of mostly solid rock beneath the earth's crust that surrounds the earth's core
Rain whose high concentration of chemicals, usually from industrial pollution, pollutes water, kills plant and animal life, and eats away at the surface of stone and rock; a form of chemical weathering
A group of places that is defined by people's feeling and attitudes
The process by which the actual chemical structure of rock is changed, usually when water and carbon dioxide cause a breakdown of the rock
The idea that continents slowly shift their positions due to movement of the tectonic plates on which they ride
A group of places connected by movement, for example, the region drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries
The layer of gases, water vapor, and other substances above the earth
A huge, slow-moving mass of snow and ice
The water contained in oceans, lakes, rivers, and under the ground
The solid, rocky, surface layer of the earth
A viewpoint that is influenced by one's own culture and experiences
The movement of weathered materials, including gravel, soil, and sand, usually caused by water, wind, and glaciers
The earth's center, consisting of very hot metal that is dense and solid in the inner core and molten, or liquid, in the outer core
Any of the seven large landmasses of the earth's surface: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America
The chemical or mechanical process by which rock is gradually broken down, eventually becoming soil
The surface features of the earth, including soil, rocks, and landforms
The actual breaking up or physical weakening of rock by forces such as ice and roots
The physical and human characteristics that help to distinguish a place from other places
Fine-grained, mineral-rich loam, dust, or silt deposited by the wind
A geographic information system, which uses computer technology to collect and analyze data about the earth's surface in order to solve geographic problems
A group of places that have similar attributes, for example, a political region
Particles of soil, sand, and gravel carried and deposited by wind or water
A ring of volcanic mountains surrounding the Pacific Ocean
The study of the earth's surface and the processes that shape it, the connections between places, and the complex relationships between people and their environments
The differences in elevation, or height, of the landforms in any particular area