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nuclear family
a family that includes parents and children
cultural diffusion
the movement of customs and ideas from one culture to another
cataract
a rock filled rapid
city-state
a city that controls much of the land around it and has its own government
escarpment
a steep cliff about 100 stories high
irrigate
to artifically water crops
migrate
to move from one place to another
colonize
to settle an area and take over or create a government
clan
a group of lineages
oasis
a fertile place in a desert where there is water and vegetation
Quran
the holy book of the religion of Islam
nationalism
a feeling of pride in ones homeland; a group's identity
griot
an African story teller
silt
bits of rock and dirt on river bottoms
surplus
more than is needed
savanna
region of tall grasses
nomad
a person who moves around to make a living, usually by herding animals,trading hunting or gathering food
rift
a deep crack in the earths surface
plantation
a large farm where cash crops are grown
democracy
a government in which citizens have power through their elected leaders
lineage
a group of families with a common ancestor
economy
a system for producing ,distributing, consuming, and owning goods, services and wealth
culture
the way of life of people who share similar customs and beliefs
cash crop
a crop that raised for sale
literacy
the ability to read and write
diversify
to add variety; a country can diversify its economy by producing more products
migrant worker
a person who moves from place to place to find work
fertile
containing substances that plants need in order to grow well
ethnic group
a group of people who share the same ancestors, culture, language, or religion
civilization
a society with cities, a central government , social classes, and usually ,writing,art, and architeceture
substistence farming
raising just enough crops to support one's family

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