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Global Perspectives - Geography Chapter 2


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Molten rock that is located below the Earth's surface
The regular movement of the Earth's water from the ocean to air to ground and back to the ocean
A thin layer of gases that surrounds the Earth
The term scientists use to describe the activities of continental drift and magma flow, which creates many of the Earth's physical features
Part of a continent that extends out underneath the ocean
A bend in layers of rock, sometimes caused by plate movement
Thick middle layer of the Earth's interior structure consisting of hot rock that is dense but flexible
Process by which magma wells up between oceanic plates and pushes the plates apart
The process of excess water vapor changing into liquid water when warm air cools
Slow process by which an oceanic plate slides under a continental plate, creating debris that can cause continents to grow outward
The process of converting water into vapor or gas
Process by which oceanic plates dive beneath continental plates, often causing mountains to form on land
The watery areas of the Earth, including lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water
Piles of rocky debris left by melting glaciers and moving water
A crack or break in the Earth's crust
The part of the Earth where life exists
Water located underground within the Earth that supplies wells and springs
Chemical or physical processes that break down rocks into small pieces
Moisture that falls to Earth as rain, sleet, hail, or snow
The uppermost layer of the Earth that includes the crust, continents, and ocean basins
The movement of weathered rock and material by wind, glaciers, and moving water
The theory that the continents were once joined and then slowly drifted apart
The process of cracking that occurs when the folded land cannot be bent any further
The removal of salt from seawater to make it usable for drinking and farming
Innermost layer of the Earth made up of a super-hot but solid inner core and a super-hot liquid outer core
Underground water-bearing layers of porous rock, sand, or gravel
Outer layer of the Earth, a hard rocky shell forming the Earth's surface