2013 EOC Vocabulary

Chapter 1- Exploring Geography





Geography is the study of where people, places, and things are located and how they relate to each other.
G.I.S.- (geographic information systems)- uses computer technology to collect, manipulate, analyze, and display data about the earth’s surface in order to solve geographic problems.
geographic tools-
geographic tools- maps, graphs, charts, sonar, satellites, GPS(global positioning system), and GIS
GPS (Global Positioning System)-
This system relies on a network of 24 satellites orbiting the earth.  Using atomic clocks, the satellites broadcast extremely accurate time measurements.  Back on earth, GPS units analyze these time signals to provide information about location.
5 Themes of Geography-
5 Themes of Geography- location, place, region, movement, and human environment interaction
Location- can be absolute or relative

absolute location– its position on the globe, its grid coordinates, latitude and longitude.  A place has only 1 absolute location


relative location– or its relation compare to other places.  A place can have more than one relative location.  Example- New Boston is 25 miles west of Texarkana


The Equator divides the world into two hemispheres. Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere


The Prime Meridian divides the world into two hemispheres. Eastern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere

Character of a place-
The character of a place consists of the place’s physical and human characteristics
3 Types of Regions-

Formal Region-A group of places that have similar attributes, for example, a political region- country

Functional Region- A group of places connected by movement, for example, the region drained by the Amazon Ribver and its tributaries. (DFW Airport)

Perceptual Region – A group of places that is defined by people’s feelings and attitudes (Is Missouri part of the South or the North US)

A view point that is influences by one’s own culture and experiences

An example of movement



A group of people moving from one place to another

Human-Environment Interaction-
How have people changed the enviornment positively or negatively- irrigation, deforestation, air pollution, recycling
the study of the earth’s physical structure and history
Earth’s Layers-
inner core, outer core, mantle, crust
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
A thick layer of mostly solid rock beneath the earth’s crust that surrounds the earth’s core
The solid, rocky, surface layer of the earth
the surface features of the earth, including soil, rocks, and landforms
the layer of gases, water vapor, and other substances above the earth
the water contained in oceans, lakes, rivers, and under the ground
the world of plants, animals, and other living things in earth’s land and waters
any of the seven large landmasses of the earth’s surface: Africa, Antartica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America
the differences in elevation, or height, of the landforms in any particular area
Landforms are shaped first by internal forces that originate in the earth’s interior.  One of these forces is ?

volcanism- involves the movement of magma, or molten rock, inside the earth.



Other major internal forces consist of movements that fold, lift, bend, or break the rock of the earth’s crust.

plate tectonics-
The theory that the earth’s outer shell is composed of a number of large, unanchored plates, or slabs of rock, whose constant movement explains earthquakes and volcanic activity
continental drift theory-
the idea that continents slowly shift their positions due to movement of the tectonic plates on which they ride
seafloor spreading-
molten rock from the mantle rises beneath the underwater ridge and breaks through a split, called a rift valley, at the top of the ridge.  The rock then spreads out in both directions from the ridge as if it were on two huge conveyor belts.  As the seafloor moves away from the ridge, it carries older rocks away.




Force that sends the tectonic plates moving

is a circular movement caused when a material is heated, expands and rises, then cools and falls.  This process is thought to be occurring in the mantle rocks beneath the plates.  The heat energy that drives convection probably comes from the slow decay of materials under the crust.
Ring of Fire-
A ring of volcanic mountains surrounding the Pacific Ocean
San Andreas Fault-
California’s San Andreas Fault lies on the boundary of the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate.  The fault is over 750 miles long, frequently cause earthquakes
Major Types of Plate Movement-

subduction– when an oceanic plate meets a continental plate, it slides beneath the lighter plate down toward the mantle

spreading– when plates pull away from each other.  they form a diverging plate boundary, or spreading zone.  Areas are likely to have rift valleys, earthquakes, and volcanoes

converging– when two continental plates collide, neither will sink, causing a slow, violent collision.

faulting– plates sometimes slip or grind past each other along faults.

A natural hot spring that shoots a column of water and steam into the air
The crust is divided into how many plates?
geographic tools-
instruments used to collect, organize, store, or display geographic information
physical characteristics-
Features of the earth’s surface, such as landforms, water systems, climate patterns, and plant and animal life

physical processes-


actions of nature that change the physical enviornment

Chapter 2- Climates and Ecosystems





Regional long-term trends in weather and atmospheric conditions



Networks of plants and animals interacting with the environment
patterns of settlement-
distribution of populations among urban and rural communities
increase in the percentage of people living in cities
movement of people, often influenced by push and pull factors
population growth-
increase in the number of people in a specific area
learned behavior of people, including their belief systems, languages, governments, and material goods
Science and Technology-
discoveries and inventions that help people to change or adapt to their environments
Government and Citizenship-
how different viewpoints influence political descisions, divisions, and policies connected to geographic issues
Cooperation and Conflict
methods used by countries and organizations to pursue goals, such as maintaining or expanding control over territory
Economic Systems-
ways in which a society satisfies the basic needs through the production and distribution of goods and services
Econonmic Activities-
use of natural resources, production of goods, provision of services, and distribution of information
Global Trade Patterns-
International networks for exchanging goods and services
natural resources-
Any part of the natural enviornment that people need and value
natural hazzards-
natural events in the physical environment that are destructive, such as volcanoes and hurricanes
Environmental Change-
natural or human alterations to the environment

Understanding the past-


Analysis of how geography has affected historic events and how places, environments, and cultures have changed over time
Planning for the future-
Use of geographic knowledge and skills to analyze problems and make decisions that affect the future
the breakdown of rock at or near the earth’s surface into smaller and smaller pieces
mechanical weathering-
Occurs when rock is actually broken or weakened physically.  It breaks large masses of rock into smaller pieces, producing boulders, stones, pebbles, sand, silt, and dust.  Involved in soil building
frost wedging-
most common type of mechanical weathering- takes place when water freezes to ice in a crack in the rock. because water expands when it freezes, the ice widens the crack and eventually splits the rock
another kind of mechanical weathering-
occurs when seeds take root in cracks in rocks, a rock will split as plants or trees grow within a crack(fracture) in the rock
Chemical Weathering-

alters a rock’s chemical makeup by changing the minerals that form the rock or by combining them with new chemical elements


can change one kind of rock into a completely different kind

acid rain-


type of chemical weathering, chemicals in the polluted air combine with water vapor and fall back to earth as acid rain


destroys forrests and pollutes water, but also eats away the surface of stone buildings and natural rock formations

3 causes of acid rain-
industrial pollution, acid-producing agents from the ocean, and volcanic activity
the movement of weathered materials such as gravel, soil, and sand
3 causes of erosion-
water, wind, and glaciers
small particles of soil, sand, and gravel
windblown deposits of mineral-rich dust and silt that benefits farmers
huge, slow-moving sheets of ice
ridgelike piles of rocks and debris left behind by glaciers

Chapter 2- Climates and Ecosystems




the condition of the bottom layer of the earth’s atmosphere in one place over a short period of time
the term for weather patterns that an area typically experiences over a long period of time
green house effect-
the earth’s atmosphere has been compared to the glass walls and roof of a greenhouse, which traps the sun’s warmth for growing plants.  Without this greenhouse effect, the earth would be too cold for most living things
the earth spins on its axis like a top, the earth completes one rotation every 24 hours
the earth revolves around the sun in a circular path called an orbit.  A revolution is one complete orbit around the sun.  One orbit or revolution is completed every 365 1/4 days( one year)
the summer and winter solstices- the days when the sun appears directly overhead at the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer

spring and fall equinoxes-

on these two days, the sun at noon, appears directly overhead at the Equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal everywhere on earth

How does Latitude affect climate-
The sun’s rays always fall most directly at or near the Equator.  Most places near the Equator have warm climates, while areas farthest from the Equator are cold like the North and South Poles
How is the sun’s heat distributed around the globe?

Heat is distributed by a process called convection- which is the transfer of heat from one place to another.

Convection occurs inside the earth and in both air and water.  Movements of air are called wind.  Movements of water are called currents.

is all forms of water that fall from the atmosphere onto the earth’s surface
The Water Cycle-


condensation (clouds form)


3 Types of Precipitation-

Convectional Precipitation-

Orographic Precipitation-

Frontal Precipitation-

Other factors that influence climate-

being close to a body of water- having a coastal climate or a continental climate

elevation of the land

close to landforms

World Climate Regions-

tropical wet

tropical wet and dry




humid subtropical

marine west coast

humid continental



ice cap

global warming-
a rise in the earth’s temperature that could partially melt polar ice caps, causing a rise in the level of the oceans and flooding of densely populated low-lying areas, increase in precipitation or droughts

masses of tiny particles of water and dust floating in the atmosphere


A low cloud is called fog

ozone layer-
a band of ozone gas that absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and scientists think it is getting thinner
formed by the interaction of plant life, animal life, and the physical enviornment in which they live

used to describe major types of ecosystems that can be found in various regions throughout the world


example- deciduous forrest


deciduous forests

coniferous forests

mixed forests

tropical rain forest

chaparral forest

tropical grasslands- savannas

temperate grasslands- prairies



ice cap


deciduous trees-
trees that shed their leaves
coniferous trees-
named after the cones that protect their seeds

includes small evergreen trees and low bushes or scrub

chaparral is a Spanish word meaning “an area of underbrush and small trees”


or carnivore

herbivore- plant eating animals like gazelles and zebras


carnivore- meat eating animals like lions and hyenas

a layer of soil just below the surface stays permanently frozen

chapter 3- Population and Culture



culture- the beliefs and actions that define a group of people’s way of life






the study of populations including topics like birth, death, marriage, and migration


the numbers and statistics that tell about a country


people whose job it is to study demography

How many people are there in the world?
Over 7 Billion
population density-
the average number of people in a square mile or square kilometer
arable land-
land that can be farmed





the number of live births each year per 1,000 people



the number of deaths each year per 1,000 people






people who move into a country



people who leave the country to live in other places


movement of people








the growth of city populations


living in the city



living in the country

material culture-




non material culture-

includes things that people make, such as food, clothing, architecture, arts, crafts, and technology



includes religion, language, spiritual beliefs, and patterns of behavior, government systems, education systems, attitudes towards the role of women and men

culture hearth-


a place where important ideas begin and from which they spread to surrounding cultures
What is the most important unit of social organization?
the family
cultural convergence-
occurs when the skills, arts, ideas, habits, and institutions of one culture come in contact with those of another culture
the process by which a cultural element is transmitted across some distance from one group or individual to another
cultural divergence-
the rescriction of a culture from outside cultural influences
Around how many countries are there in the world?
About 200
Four specific characteristics that define a place as a country

-clearly defined territory


-sovereignty (a nation’s freedom from outside control)


Types of Government Structures-

unitary system- where one central government runs a nation


federation-some powers are given to the national government and other powers are reserved for more local governments


confederation- smaller political units keep their sovereignty and give the central government only limited powers

Types of Government Authority-

authoritarian– a system of government in which the leaders hold all political power

dictatorship– system of government in which absolute power is held by a small group or one person

totalitarianism– system of government in which a central authority controls all aspects of society

monarchy– system of authoritarian government headed by a monarch- a king, queen, shah, or sultan- whose position is inherited

democracy– a system of government in which the people are invested with the power to choose their leaders and determine government policy

Types of Economic Systems-

traditional economy– economic system in which families produce goods and services for their own use, with little surplus and exchange of goods; also known as a subsistence economy


market economy– economic system in which decisions about production, price, and other economic factors are determined by the law of supply and demand


command economy– economic system that is controlled by a single central government

mixed economy- system combining different degrees of government regulation

chapter 4- Resources and Land Use


natural resources-

are materials in the natural environment that people value and use to satisfy their needs

renewable resources-


nonrenewable resources-

are constantly being regenerated or replaced by the environment, like soil and water




can not be replaced once they have been used, like fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas which formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals)

Energy Sources-

fossil fuels– nonrenewable mineral resources formed from the remains of ancient plants and animals and used for fuel


nuclear energy- produced by fission- the splitting of uranium atoms in a nuclear reactor, releasing stored energy


hydroelectric power- electricity that is generated by moving water

geothermal energy- energy produced from the earth’s intense interior heat


solar energy– energy produced by the sun

Economic Activities-

primary economic activities– economic activity that takes or uses natural resources directly, fishing, mining

subsistence farming– farming that provides only enough for the needs of a family or a village

commercial farming– raising of crops or livestock for sale in markets

secondary economic activities– economic activity in which people use raw materials to produce or manufacture new products of greater value

cottage industries– small-scale manufacturing operation using little technology, often located in or near people’s homes

commercial industries- large-scale manufacturing operation that employs many people and produces large quantities of goods

tertiary economic activities– economic activity in which people do not directly gather or process raw materials but pursue activities that serve others; service industry

quaternary economic activities– economic activity that focuses on the acquisition, processing, and sharing of information, such as education, or research





goods that are sent out of the country


goods that are brought into the country

Levels of Development of Countries-

developed- United States


developing-  Mexico


underdeveloped- Botswana, Africa

Chapter 5- Introduction to the United States and Canada





any territory separated from but subject to a ruling power.


example- Great Britain and the 13 colonies of the US before the US was it’s own country

How do scientists think people orginally came over to the Americas?
across a land bridge from Asia called the Bering Strait
to formally incorporate into a country or state the territory of another
to withdraw formally from membership in a political or religious organization

civil war-





a conflict between opposing groups of citizens of the same country
transferred land
Industrial Revolution-

the shift from human power to machine power



from farming(agriculture) to industry (manufacturing)

continental divide-
a boundary or area of high ground that separates rivers flowing toward opposite sides of a continent
drainage basins-
the entire area of land that is drained by a major river and its tributaries
a river or stream that flows into a main river
marks characterizing glaciated areas of rocks
rain shadow-
area of reduced rainfall on the leeward side of high mountains




literacy rate-

ability to read and write




number of people age 15 or older that can read and write from a specific country used for demographic purposes

standard of living-
a person or group’s level of material well-being, as measured by education, housing, and healthcare, and nutrition
per capita-
per person

Chapter 6- A Profile of the United States


gross national product-


gross domestic product-

GNP– total value of a nation’s goods and services, including the output of domestic firms in foreign countries and excluding the domestic output of foreign firms


GDP– total value of goods and services produced within a country in a year, including the domestic output of foreign firms and excluding the output of domestic firms in foreign countries

artificial waterways
communication by electronic means
free enterprise-
economic system that allows individuals to own, operate, and profit from their own businesses in an open, competitive market
metropolitan area-
a major city and its surrounding suburbs
rank according to function
area served by a metropolis
urban hierarchy-



large town



Chapter 7- Regions of the United States


The Northeast-

New England Region- Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

a very large city; a region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas, considered to be a single urban complex


example- BOSWASH


area from Boston to Washington D.C.

The South-
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C.
tropical trees that grow in swampy ground along coastal areas
marshy inlets or outlets of a lake or river
fall line-
imaginary line between the Applachian Mountains and the Atlantic Coastal Plain, where rivers and streams form waterfalls and rapids as they descend from higher elevations to the coastal plain
Columbian Exchange-

The exchang from Europe, Africa, and Asia to the Americas of wheat, sugar, banana, rice, grape, olive oil, dandelion, horse, pig, cow, goat, chicken, small pox, typhus


From the Americas to Europe, Africa, and Asia- maize, potato, sweet potato,beans, peanut, squash, pumpkin, peppers, pineapple, tomato, cocoa

Sun Belt-
the band of southern states from the Carolinas to southern California
The Midwest-
North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
plants and animals that live in the soil die and decay producing the dark colored organic material called humus and combines with particles of weathered bedrock to help build more soil
growing season-
average number of days between the last frost of spring and the first frost of fall
grain elevators-
tall buildings equipped with machinery for loading, cleaning, storing, and discharding grain
grain exchange-
a place where grain is bought and sold as a commodity
Mississippi River-
flows 2,348 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico
The West-
Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico
a dry treeless plain where temperatures are always cool or cold and only specialized plants can grow
large pipes or channels designated to transport water from a remote source over a long distance
Chapter 8- Canada
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how canada divides up its land into provinces and territories instead of states

The Atlantic Provinces are often called the maritimes because of their close ties to the seas


maritimes means bordering on or related to the sea

Atlantic Provinces-

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

New Bruswick

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Provinces-



Great Lakes-


located between the United States and Canada



Lake Huron

Lake Ontario

Lake Michigan

Lake Erie

Lake Superior

enclosed area on a canal that raises or lowers ships from one water level to another
solid rock that is usually covered by soil, gravel, and sand
Prairie Provinces-




British Columbia-
British Columbia the province
The Northern Territories-

Yukon Territory

Northwest Territories


First Canadians- Inuit and Native Americans







What two languages do they speak in Canada?
English and French
a movement to win political, religious, or ethnic independence from another group

multicultural society of Canada-



Native Canadian including Inuit, British, French, German, Italian, Ukrainian, Scandinavian, Dutch, Polish, and other European, Asian
fees charged by a government on imported goods
Niagara Falls-
on the border between Canada and the United States (New York) is a pair of waterfalls known as Niagara Falls.  Water thunders over the falls at an average rate of 202,000 cubic feet per second.
taxes on imports

animals that feed upon other animals


examples of predators- wolves, bobcats

to avoid extreme winter temperatures, bears, wood chucks, and other mammals hibernate.  During the fall, they build up a store of fat in their bodies that will last until spring.  They then go into hibernation, which slows their bodily functions to a minimum

Chapter 9- Introduction to Latin America




name for the Spanish explorers who claimed land in the Americas for Spain
A Latin America military dictator
a grasslands region in Argentina and Uraguay
a small, low island or coral reef
the rocklike skeletons of tiny sea animals
Andes Mountains-
The rugged Andes Mountains are the highest mountains of Latin America along the western coast of South America
Amazon River Basin-
the largest and least explored of Brazil’s areas, it spreads across more than half of the country, gets more than 80 inches of rainfall per year, the rain forest is home to thousands of plants and animals
tropical storm-
a storm with winds of at least 39 miles per hour
a destructive tropical storm that forms over the Atlantic Ocean, usually in late summer and early fall, with winds of at least 74 miles per hour
a destructive tropical storm that forms over the Pacific Ocean
A violent, rotating windstorm around Australia
El Nino-
A warm ocean current off South America’s northwestern coast that influences global weather patterns
a person of mixed European and Native American heritage
a person of mixed African and European ancestry
the process of stripping the land of its trees

Population Pyramid-


textbook p.218

a graphic model that shows the gender/age composition of a population at a specific time

Chapter 10- Mexico




an area of high, flat land
a strip of land that juts out into an ocean, surrounded on three sides by water

Sierra Madre Oriental-



Sierra Madre Occidental-



Plateau of Mexico (Central Plateau)-

mountain range on Mexico’s eastern coast



mountain range on Mexico’s western coast



plateau in the middle of Mexico where the capital city Mexico City is and where most of the people live

the watering of farmland with water drawn from reservoirs or rivers
Yucatan Peninsula-
dotted with sinkholes, the southern end of Mexico that sticks up like a thumb into the Gulf of Mexico and where the resort city of Cancun, Mexico is, gets lots of hurricanes
a hole formed when limestone is dissolved, causing the land above to collapse
A Place of Three Cultures-
Indian, Spanish, and Modern make up Modern Mexico
a large Spanish owned estate in the Americas, often run as a farm or a cattle ranch
Mexican Revolution-
in 1910, peasants and middle class Mexicans rebelled by standing up to the military dictator and the landlords who together controlled the country, the fighting ended in 1920
land redistribution-
a policy by which land is taken from those who own large amounts and redistributed to those who have little or none
farmland owned collectively by members of a rural community
large commericial farms owned by a private individual or a farming complany
cash crops-
a farm crop grown for sale and profit
migrant worker-

a worker who travels from place to place, working where extra help is needed to cultivate or harvest crops


NAFTA- North American Free Trade Agreement-
which phased out trade barriers among the United States, Canada, and Mexico
a factory in Mexico, along the United States border, that assembles goods for export
Mexico’s Air Pollution-

Chapter 11- Central America and the Caribbean



a narrow strip of land having water on each side and joining two larger bodies of land


example- Central America- 7 countries

Central America- 7 countries-



El Salvador



Coasta Rica


a member of an armed force that is not part of a regular army; relating to a form of warfare carried on by such an independent armed force
a shaking of the ground caused by sudden movements in the earth’s crust
a huge wave caused primarily by a disturbance beneath the ocean, such as an earthquake or a volcanic eruption





landslide- a sudde drop of a mass of land on a mountainside or hillside



part of the side of a hill falling, sliding off

the basic support facilities of a community or country, such as roads and bridges, power plants and schools
a sudden fall of a mass of ice and snow
tremor that occurs after an earthquake

seismic waves-





seismic waves- vibration caused by a movement of tectonic plates



epicenter- the point on the earth’s surface directly above the focus of an earthquake

a group of islands
coral islands-
an island formed by the skeletal remains of tiny sea animals and the sand and sediment piling on top of them





windward- side of an island or mountain that is facing the wind


leeward- side of an island or mountain that is facing away from the wind

calypso music-
a form of folk music that spread from Trinidad throughout the Caribbean using steel drums.  the music traces its roots to the songs sung by enslaved Africans who worked on the plantations of Trinidad

Chapter 12- Brazil



a steep cliff that separates two level areas of differing elevations
an interior plateau in Brazil with poor soil and uncertain rain
a slum community in a Brazilian city, for example there are favelas outside of the city of Rio de Janiro, Brazil
a large estate farmed by many workers
a fuel mixture of gasoline and ethanol
tourism that encourages environmental awareness and has little effect on the ecosystem

Chapter 13- Countries of South America




a mineral used in making aluminum
grassy plains
Angel Falls-
Waterfall in Venezuela about 20 times higher than Niagara Falls and plunges down to the Churun River






a related set of separate mountain ranges





in Latin America, a tenant farmer or farm worker

a plateau region located in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru







a plateau in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador






the boundary in high elevations above which continuous forest vegetation cannot grow








the wide mouth of a river, where freshwater river currents meet salt water





a region of rolling foothills

a cowboy who herded cattle in the pampas of Argentina and Uraguay

Chapter 14- Introduction to Western Europe-


cultural diffusion-

the process by which people adopt the practices of their neighbors
the revival of art, literature, and learning that took place in Europe during the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Centuries
the highest point of a mountain or similar elevation
North European Plain-
the North European Plain stretches eastward from France to Northern Eurasia
prevailing westerlies-
The North Atlantic Drift carries tropical waters toward Europe.  The winds that blow across this warm current are the prevailing westerlies- the constant flow of air from west to east in the temperate zones of the earth
a single currency to be used by member nations of the European Union

Chapter 15- The British Isles and Nordic Nations



able to produce abundant crops

United Kingdom-

England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

What is the capital city of the United Kingdom?
a rocky material containing a valuable mineral
The English Channel Tunnel also called the Chunnel connects which two countries?
England (United Kingdom) and France






moor- broad, treeless, rolling land, often poorly drained and having patches of marsh and peat bog



bog- an area of wet, spongy ground

a narrow valley

What is the capital city of Ireland?


Is Ireland mostly Roman Catholic or Protestant?





Roman Catholic

Nickname for Ireland?



what is peat?

Emerald Isle for its green land



peat- a spongy material containing waterlogged mosses and plants that covers 1/6 of Ireland





Potato Famine-

blight- plant disease that destroyed the potato crop year after year in Ireland and Europe in the 1840’s



the blight affected potato crops causing a Famine in Ireland in the 1840’s, this caused a lot of people to immigrate to the United States.  1 million Irish died of starvation

Nordic Nations-

also called Norden- from an ancient word meaning Northlands



includes- Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark

a narrow valley or inlet from the sea, originally carved out by an advancing glacier and filled by melting glacial ice
geothermal energy-
energy produced from the earth’s intense interior heat
midnight sun-
In the Nordic Nations, the start of summer is a public holiday when people celebrate the return of the midnight sun.  In the northernmost territories, the sun never really sets for several weeks in midsummer.  People call the long twilight hours of the evening the white nights

Chapter 16- Central Western Europe



What is the capital city of France?

France is shaped like what?
a hexagon
What river runs through Paris, France?
the Seine River
The Alps-
are a long range of towering snowcapped mountains, Mount Blanc is the tallest peak in the Alps
France was once known as what?
a variation of a spoken language that is unique to a region or community
a style of art where painters try to catch visual immpressions made by color, light, and shadows
to bring a business under state control
an extended decline in business activity
a system of government in which individual political units keep their sovereignty but give limited power to a central government







reparations- money paid for war damages





inflation-  a sharp, widespread rise in prices

What is the capital city of Germany?
a soft, brownish-black coal
The Benelux Countries-








dike- an embankment of earth and rock built to hold back water





polder- an area of low-lying land that has been reclaimed from the sea

to transfer government power to smaller regions

Switzerland and Austria-





canton- a poltical division or state; one of the states in Switzerland



neutral- not taking sides in a war

perishable good-



strip mining-

a product that does not stay fresh for long





the process whereby miners strip away the surface of the earth to lay bare the mineral deposits

Chapter 17- Spain and Portugal




deep and wide enough to allow the passage of ships
dry farming-
a farming technique that leaves land unplanted every few years in order to gather moisture
a hot, dry wind from northern Africa
a central point of concentrated activity and influence
What is Spain’s capital city?
What is Portugal’s capital city?
What is the name of the piece of land that Spain and Portugal occupy?
The Iberian Peninsula
What is the capital city of Italy?
Where does the Pope live and the headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church?

Vatican City


It is considered it’s own country and it is also called the Holy See

seismic activity-
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
a geological phenomenon in which the ground in an area sinks
the southern region of Italy and includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, the name means midday for its intense noontime sun








volcano- an opening in the earth’s crust from which molten rock escapes to the surface



lava- magma, or molten rock from the earth’s mantle, that breaks through the surface of the earth during volcanic activity




crater lake-

plume- a very hot spot in the earth’s mantle





crater lake- a body of water that occupies a bowl-shaped depression around the opening of an extinct or dormant volcano





grabens- a long, narrow area that has dropped between two faults
What is the capital city of Greece?
able to permanent residents

Chapter 18- Introduction to Central Europe and Northern Eurasia




domestication-the process of training and breeding animals for use by humans
a system of government in which the government controls the means of production, determining what goods will be made, how much workers will be paid, and how much items cost

the view that Europe and Asia should be viewed as a large single continent


also the area where Europe touches Asia


the dividing line between the two continents is the Ural Mountains in Russia

Lake Baikal-
in Russia, world’s deepest lake







taiga- thinly scattered, coniferous forests found in Europe and Asia





steppe- a temperate grassland found in Europe and Asia






ethnic group-

multiethnic-composed of many ethnic groups




ethnic group- people who share such things as culture, language, and religion

infant mortality-



maternal mortality-


life expectancy-

infant mortality- the number of children per 1,000 live births who die within the first year


maternal mortality- the number of women who died due to pregnancy and childbirth complications per 100,000 live births


life expectancy- the number of years an individual is expected to live as determined by statistics


What is the capital city of Poland?
national identity-
a people’s sense of what makes them a nation
a section of a city in which a particular minority group is forced to live







the execution of 6 million Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II



the systematic killing or intentional destruction of a people

What two countries used to be combined forming Czechoslovakia?

Czech Republic


Capital of Czech Republic?



Capital of Slovakia?





velvet revolution-




a revolution without bloodshed, which took place in Czechoslovakia during the late 1980’s




the process of selling government owned industries and businesses to private owners

collective farms-
a government owned farm managed by workers who share the profits from their produce
What is Hungary’s capital city?

What is Switzerland’s capital city?


What is Austria’s capital city?





What is Norway’s capital city?


What is Sweden’s capital city?



What is Finland’s capital city?








The Balkan Peninsula-

















multiplier effect-

to break up into small, mutually hostile political units, as occurred in the Balkans after WWI


a go-getter individual who starts and builds a business


the effect an investment has in multiplying related jobs throughout the economy

What is NATO?
Baltic States-




to increase the variety of
Border Nations-




What was Chernobyl?
What is the capital city of Ukraine?

Chapter 20- Russia


What does the U.S.S.R. stand for?

Union of Soviet Socialists Republics


old communist name for Russia when it was the Soviet Union

What is the capital city of Russia?
a rich topsoil found in the Russian steppes and other mid-latitude grasslands





part of northern Russia where the climate is very frigid



a layer of soil just below the earth’s surface that stays permanently frozen




Romanov Dynasty-

an emperor of Russia




The Romanov family ruled Russia for 300 years before WWI and the Bolshevik communists took over Russia and made it the Soviet Union

abdicate- to surrender one’s office, throne, or authority





soviet- in the former Soviet Union, any one of various governing councils

give up the throne





governing council

Cold War-








Cold War- time period after WWII with tension between the United States and Soviet Union without any actual war


a policy of openess introduced in the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s



in the former Soviet Union, a policy of economic restructuring

Vladimir Lenin-  first communist leader of the Soviet Union




Joseph Stalin- communist leader of the Soviet Union, very ruthless, had lots of his own people killed if anyone didn’t go along with his laws

Mikhail Gorbachev-
last of the communist leaders of the Soviet Union, instituted the policies of glasnost and perstroika.  Helped to end communism in Russia






Trans Siberian Railroad-







black market-

railroad going across Russia



Russian currency (money)



the system of selling goods and services outside of officials channels, selling off the record, without paperwork, illegally

Chapter 21- Introduction to Southwest Asia


agricultural revolution-

the change from nomadic hunting and gathering to farming that took place about 8000 B.C.








an advanced culture




the belief in one God



the belief in many gods

an area that has its own government but is controlled by an outside power

Aral Sea-



Tigris and Euphrates Rivers-



Caucasus Mountains-

Soviet engineers diverted water from the rivers that feed the Aral Sea, a land locked salt lake, to irrigate farmland in Central Asia.  The sea has sunk dramatically, and salt flats now cover the exposed lake bed


Two rivers mentioned in the Bible in the Garden of Eden and run through present day Iraq


mountains that separate the country of Georgia and Russia








a round tent made of a wooden framework and covered with felt of skins




An Islamic place of religious worship


capital city of Israel



sacred religious city to Jews, Christians, and Muslims

What country is the Ataturk Dam in ?

trade deficit-




trade surplus-

the situation in which a country imports more than it exports




the situation in which a country exports more than it imports

Chapter 22- The Caucasus and Central Asian Countries



Caucasus Nations-




pride in one’s nation; the desire of a cultural group to rule themselves as a separate nation
Central Asian Nations-











a set of religious beliefs based to a strict interpretation of a sacred text




the transformation of arable land into desert either naturally or through human intervention

Chapter 23- The Countries of Southwest Asia


The Middle East



a comission from the League of Nations authorizing a nation to govern a territory







A member of a movement known as Zionism, founded to promote the establishment of an independent Jewish state




the right of a people to decide their own political future

What is the capital city of Israel?





drip irrigation-




a process by which precisely controlled amounts of water drip directly onto plants from pipes, thus preserving precious water resources in dry areas





a mineral used in explosives and fertilizer




a person of middle eastern descent that lived in Palestine

What two groups fight over Israel?
Jews and the Arabs
What did the Arabs call Israel?

Fertile Crescent-







a region in the Middle East where farming and the first civilizations developed



a citizen army






political disorder and violence; lawlessness




a severe restriction of trade with other countries






the process of removing salt from seawater so that it can be used for drinking and irrigation




falaj system-






In the Arabian Peninsula, an ancient system of underground and surface canals



worldly, not relating to religion





the title of the former ruler of Iran




a religious leader among Shiite Muslims

a region just south of the Sahara in Africa







nomadic herding-

the system by which countries set up colonies to secure sources of raw materials and markets for their products





the practice of moving flocks to different pastures throughout the year





land degradation-

the dissolving and washing away of nutrients in the soil




reduction in the productive potential of the land

Chapter 25- North Africa




Egyptian peasants






a windstorm that blows hot air, dust, and grit




an open-air market; a street lined with shops and stalls


basin irrigation-






in Egypt, a sytem by which water and silt were controlled by embankments and time-released to irrigate farmlands




a natural or artificial lake used to collect water for human needs

perennial irrigation-
an irrigation system that provides necessary water to the land throughout the year





What is the capital city of Egypt?


wealth in the form of money or property owned or used in business 











 a usually dry riverbed or gully that temporarily holds water from a sudden downpour




a large group of merchants who join together to travel in safety

What are the Maghreb Countries?




Western Sahara Morroco






the old section of a North African city, usually centered around a mosque



a market in an Arab community

What country was Muammar Qaddafi from?




he was Libya’s dictator leader for 40years

Chapter 26- West and Central Africa





shifting agriculture-

the practice of farming a sight until the soil is exhausted, then moving on to a new site








food for grazing animals






a person who flees his or her country to escape danger or unfair treatment

almost or entirely surrounded by land; cut off from the sea

inland delta-





an area of lakes, creeks, and swamps away from the ocean





the sudden overthrow of a ruler or government, often involving violent force or the threat of force

ancestor worship-






the belief that respecting and honoring one’s ancestors will cause them to live on in the spirit world after death




the religious belief that such things as the sky, rivers, and trees contain gods or spirits

World Bank-






International Monetary Fund-

an agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects





An agency of the United Nations that provides loans to countries for development projects

structural adjustment program-
a program to reform the structure of an economy
What used to be the name of the Congo River in Africa?
Zaire River







a dividing ridge between two basins





professional soldiers hired by a foreign country

the exchange of goods without money

Chapter 27- East and Southern Africa




a policy of cooperation adopted in Kenya after independence to encourage economic growth






a pesticide produced from certain flowers



disease caused by a lack of food or an unbalanced diet

strategic value-





importance of a place or thing for nations planning military actions





a political movement by which rural people are forced to move to towns and work on collective farms




formly in the Republic of South Africa, the policy of strict racial segregation








the separation of the races






actions taken by the international community to punish a country for unacceptable behaviors

Who was the first black president of South Africa?
Nelson Mandela





white flight-

a country completely surrounded by another country




the departure of white people from a region

Chapter 28- Introduction to South Asia






a state ruled by a sultan

nonaligned nations-





nations that adopted neutrality during the Cold War

What is the world’s tallest mountain range?





What is the tallest mountain peak?

The Himalayas in Nepal




Mt. Everest in the Himalayas






What country has bollywood?


a seasonal shift in the prevailing winds that influences large climate regions 






Chapter 29- The Countries of South Asia



Who was Mohandas Gandhi?

later called Mahatma or Great Soul, led India to independence.  Used nonviolent resistance against British injustice and boycotts of British cloth

nonviolent resistance-





the policy of opposing an enemy or oppressor by any means other than violence





to refuse to purchase or use a product or service as an expression of disapproval







a division into separate parts





the belief that the soul of a human being or animal goes through a series of births, deaths, and rebirths

caste sytem-





a social hierarchy in which a person possesses a distinct rank in society that is determined by birth




a wooden bed frame with knotted string in place of a mattress







a brightly colored cloth, worn by many Indian women, that is draped over the body like a long dress





the practice among Hindu and Muslim women of covering the face with a veil when outside the home

joint family system-




hydroelectric power-

In India, the custom of housing all members of an extended family together




electricity that is generated by moving water

embankment dam-




buffer state-

a wall of soil and rock to hold back water





a country that separates two hostile countries






storm surge-

a funnel shaped cloud of violently rotating air





tropical cycloon




a heavy snowfall accompanied by strong winds


a storm that originates over a tropical ocean and whirls around a low pressure center



destructive tropical storm that forms over the Pacific Ocean

Chapter 30- Introduction to East Asia and the Pacific World






a priviledge or exemption granted by a government
bullet train-

a high- speed train



we studied about one in Japan

Chapter 31- China




spheres of influence-

an area or country that is politically and economically dominated by, though not directly governed by, another country
The Long March-
In China in the 1920’s a split developed between the National Party and Communists.  The Nationalist leader- Chiang Kai-shek disagreed and ordered the communists killed.  the communists fled to south central China.  In 1934, the Communists left their spot  and started a year long northward journey called the Long March crossing 18 mountain ranges and 20 rivers over 6,000 miles and Mao Zedong became leader of the Communists

Mao Zedong-





Deng Xiaoping-

First communist leader of China




Became the leader after Mao Zedong

light industry-





martial law-

the production of small consumer goods such as clothing and appliances
What is the capital city of China?





What are the four geographical regions of China?

The Northeast

The Southeast

The Northwest

The Southwest: Tibet  (Xizang)

Where is the Gobi Desert?
in China and Mongolia
What are the other names for the Huang He River?

Yellow River

China’s Sorrow

double cropping-





What is another river in China?

in farming, growing more than one crop a year on the same land 







Yangzi River






Dalai Lama-

someone who claims to rule by religious or divine authority



The leader of Tibet of Buddhist monks

autonomous region-






a political unit with limited self-government 


example of one is Tibet








in written language, a character or symbol that represents an idea or thing

In Chinese stands for a word




the belief that God does not exist







Tai Chi-

the ancient Chinese practice of inserting fine needles at specific body points to cure disease or to ease pain





martial art and exercise performed by Chinese and other Asian peoples

provisional government-





a temporary government pending permanent arrangements




a mass migration from a region

Chapter 32- Japan and the Koreas




What is the capital city of Japan?







capsule hotel-

instruments that measure and record movement in the earth’s crust




to save space in Japan, people rent tiny rooms stacked together called a capsule hotel

having a similar nature; uniform in structure or quality








the efforts to control weaker countries that are rich in natural resources.

Japan tried to do this


the glorification of the military and a readiness for war









to fire an employee in order to reduce costs




a tax imposed by a government on imported goods


a fixed quantity

demilitarized zone-

a strip of land on which troops or weapons are not allowed


Area between North and South Korea

an increase in the number of something

Chapter 23- Southest Asia




persons without manners or civilized customs





irrigated or flooded land on which rice is grown





native to or living naturally in an area or environment





What is the old name for the country Myanmar?


people who rebel against their government 







What 3 countries was once known as French Indochina?




What country used to be known as the Dutch East Indies?
a lack of similarity

Chapter 34- The Pacific World and Antarctica






What are the original people from Australia called?








a shallow body of water separated from the sea by coral reefs or sandbars







What is Uluru?  Also called Ayers Rock

remote, sparsely settled, arid, rural country, especially the central and western plains and plateaus of Australia





sacred site to Aborgines, the world’s largest monolith, or single stone located in the outback

artesian wells-





wells that are drilled deep enough to tap a layer of porous material filled with groundwater




microscopic floating organisms

Great Barrier Reef-
a natural barrier made up of the bodies of living and dead coral- the largest coral reef in the world off the Sunshine coast (northeastern) of Australia
New Zealand-
country made up of two islands, the north island and the south island, the capital city is Wellington.  Other large cities are Auckland and Christchurch
Capitan James Cook-
In 1770 landed on the east coast of Australia and claimed it for Great Britain, became the first explorer to chart accurately the coast of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia
Pacific Islands are divided into 3 groups-




Name 4 Pacific Islands-





trust territories-
a dependent colony or territory supervised by another country by commission of the United Nations
one of the 7 continents. not owned by any one country. researchers from different countries share it





ice shelves-

 a deep crack in glacial ice




a massive extension of glacial ice over the sea, often protruding hundreds of miles

pack ice-



convergence zone-






floating sea ice formed by a mix of icebergs with other ice formed in superchilled ocean waters



an area of severe storms where the frigid waters circulating around Antarctica meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans

Antarctic Treaty-
in 1961, 12 countries signed it agreeing to share the use of Antartica for reseach and not to do harmful things to the environment.  In 1989, 28 more countries signed it

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