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Glossary of Geography Terms (more), Week 1

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isthmus
a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
mesa
an isolated relatively flat-topped natural elevation usually more extensive than a butte and less extensive than a plateau
strait
a comparatively narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water
fiord or fjord
a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes
archipelago
an expanse of water with many scattered islands
estuary
a water passage where the tide meets a river current
fall line
a line joining the waterfalls on numerous rivers that marks the point where each river descends from the upland to the lowland and the limit of the navigability of each river
glacier
a large body of ice moving slowly down a slope or valley or spreading outward on a land surface
piedmont
lying or formed at the base of mountains
arroyo
a watercourse (as a creek) in an arid region
cataracts
steep rapids in a river
chasm
a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (as the earth)
reservoir
an artificial lake where water is collected and kept in quantity for use
precipice
a very steep or overhanging place

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