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Vocabulary Lesson 2. GEOGRAPHY WORDS. Geography or “earth description” is the investigation of facts about the earth’s surface, which differs from place to place. Insular adj . r elating to an island. Insularity n.

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Vocabulary Lesson 2

GEOGRAPHY WORDS

Geography or “earth description” is the investigation of facts about the earth’s surface, which differs from place to place.

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Insular adj.

relating to an island

Insularity n.

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Characteristic of the isolated life of an island people.

Narrow-minded. From the Latin word insula, meaning “island.”

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Latitude

Distance north or south of the equator measured in degrees

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Latitudinal adj.

Latitude is indicated on a map by horizontal lines.

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Longitude

Distance east or west of the Greenwich, England and measured in degrees

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Longitudinal adj

Longitude is measured on a map by vertical lines.

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Meridian

Any of the imaginary circles around the Earth that pass through the North Pole and South Pole.

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Panorama

  • A wide-ranging view over a large area.
  • A comprehensive picture of a specific subject; a overview.

Panoramic adj.

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Peninsula

A strip of land with water on three sides.

From the Latin words paene, meaning “almost,”

and insula, meaning “island.”

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Precipice

A steep cliff or over- hanging rock

Precipitous adj.

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Quagmire

a. Muddy land into which one can easily sink.

b. A difficult situation in which one can get caught; entanglement

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Terrestrial

Having to do with earth or land

Terrestrial upheavals such as earthquakes and volcanoes can endanger people living nearby.

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Topography

The physical features of a region, such as mountains, plains, and rivers.

Topographical adj.

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