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  1. atmosphere

    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
  2. aurora

    bands of light caused by charged solar particles
  3. basin

    a bowl-shaped vessel used for holding food or liquids
  4. bay

    an indentation of a shoreline smaller than a gulf
  5. biosphere

    the regions of the Earth where living organisms exist
  6. capital

    a large alphabetic character used in writing or printing
  7. cavern

    a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
  8. cavern

    a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
  9. cliff

    a steep high face of rock
  10. coast

    the shore of a sea or ocean
  11. continent

    one of the large landmasses of the earth
  12. cosmography

    the science that maps the general features of the universe
  13. country

    the territory occupied by a nation
  14. dale

    an open valley in a hilly area
  15. delta

    a triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides
  16. desert

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  17. desert

    arid land with little or no vegetation
  18. dew

    water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight
  19. distributary

    a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
  20. dune

    a ridge of sand created by the wind
  21. east

    the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
  22. equator

    an imaginary line around the Earth forming a great circle
  23. erosion

    the process of wearing or grinding something down
  24. fjord

    a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs
  25. floodplain

    a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
  26. fluvial

    of or relating to or happening in a river
  27. fog

    droplets of water vapor suspended in the air near the ground
  28. frost

    ice crystals forming a white deposit
  29. gale

    a strong wind moving 34–40 knots
  30. geographer

    an expert on geography
  31. geographical

    of or relating to the science of geography
  32. glacier

    a slowly moving mass of ice
  33. gulf

    an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land
  34. hail

    precipitation of ice pellets
  35. hurricane

    a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds
  36. hydrosphere

    the watery layer of the earth's surface
  37. iceberg

    a large frozen mass floating at sea
  38. isthmus

    a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
  39. lake

    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
  40. levanter

    an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area
  41. marsh

    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation
  42. mesa

    flat tableland with steep edges
  43. mist

    a thin fog with condensation near the ground
  44. mistral

    a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
  45. monsoon

    a seasonal wind in southern Asia
  46. mountain

    a land mass that projects well above its surroundings
  47. north

    the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
  48. oasis

    a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
  49. ocean

    a large body of water that is part of the hydrosphere
  50. oceanography

    the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans
  51. oceanology

    the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans
  52. orography

    the science of mountains
  53. peninsula

    a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
  54. plain

    simple
  55. plateau

    a relatively flat highland
  56. political

    involving or characteristic of governing or social power
  57. reef

    a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the water's surface
  58. river

    a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)
  59. simoon

    a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
  60. sinkhole

    a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof
  61. sirocco

    a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
  62. smog

    air pollution by a mixture of smoke and fog
  63. south

    the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point
  64. stalactite

    a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from a cave roof
  65. stalagmite

    a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting from a cave floor
  66. state

    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  67. steppe

    an extensive plain without trees
  68. subcontinent

    a large and distinctive landmass (as India or Greenland) that is a distinct part of some continent
  69. temperate

    not extreme
  70. topography

    the configuration of a surface and its features
  71. topology

    topographic study of a given place
  72. tornado

    a violently destructive windstorm occurring over land
  73. trench

    a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
  74. tributary

    a branch that flows into the main stream
  75. tropic

    either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics
  76. tsunami

    a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave
  77. typhoon

    a tropical cyclone in the western Pacific or Indian oceans
  78. universalism

    the theological doctrine that all people will eventually be saved
  79. vale

    a valley
  80. valley

    a long depression in the surface of the land
  81. vortex

    a powerful circular current of water
  82. west

    the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  83. wetland

    a low area where the land is saturated with water
  84. whirlpool

    a powerful circular current of water
  85. whirlwind

    a column of air spinning around itself
  86. zephyr

    a slight wind
Created on February 24, 2013
(updated February 24, 2013)

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