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world geo. vocab words

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Archipelago
Group or chain of Islands
Tsunami
Hugh Wave
Loess
Fine, Yellowish-Brown topsoil
Monsoon
Wind the bring warm, moist air from the oceans
Japan Current
Warm water Current that adds moisture to the winter Monsoons
Typhoon
Violent tropical storm that forms in the Pacific ocean
Aborigine
Areas original inhabitants
Homogeneous
Of the same kind or similar kind of nature
Culture Hearth
Center where cultures developed and from which idea’s and traditions spread outward
Dynasty
Ruling house or continuing family of rulers
Clan
Tribal community or large group of people related to one another
Shogun
Military ruler in medieval Japan
Samurai
Class of professional soldiers who lived by a strict code of personal honor and loyalty to a noble
Ideogram
Pictorial character or symbol that represents a specific meaning or idea
Shamanism
Belief in a leader who can communities on the edges of cities
Lama
Buddhist religious leaders
Acupuncture
An ancient practice that involves inserting fine needles into the body at specific points to ease pain
Haiku
Form of Japanese poetry originally consisting of 17 syllables and three, often about nature
Calligraphy
The art of beautiful handwriting
Pagoda
Flooded field in which rice is grown
Command System
System in which economic decisions about production and distribution are made be some central authority
Commune
Collective farming community whose members share work and products
Cooperative
Voluntary organization whose members work together and share expenses and profits
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Group (APEC)
Trade group whose members are Japan, south Korea, China and Taiwan that ensures that trade among the member countries is efficient and fair
Trade Surplus
Earning more money from export sales than spending for imports
Trade Deficit
Spending more money on imports then earning from exports
Dissident
Citizen who speaks out against government policies
Economic Sanctions
Trade restrictions
World Trade Organization
International body that oversees trade agreements and settles trade disputes among countries
Merchant Marine
Country’s fleet of ships that engage in commerce or trade
Desertification
Process in which arable land is turned into desert
Chlorofluorocarbon
Chemical substance, found mainly in liquid coolants, that damages the earths protective ozone layer
Aquaculture
Cultivation of seafood

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