5-1 Atlas Vocabulary

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Read the definitions and match each definition to a word below to learn Atlas  vocabulary.

1. Steep drop from a high place to a lower place in a stream or river

2. Land along a river

3. Lowland with moist soil and tall grasses

4. Area from which rivers form waterfalls or rapids as rivers drop to lower land.

5. Hill of sand piled up by the wind.

6. Body of inland water with land on all sides.

7. Large stream of water that flows across the land.

8. Opening in the Earth, often raised, through which lava, rock, ashes and gases are forced out.

9. Low land between hills or mountains.

10. Land formation with flat top and steep rock sides.

11. Ridge of sand, rock, or coral that lies at or near the surface of a sea or ocean.

12. Land that has water on all sides.

13. Dry land with few plants.

14. Triangle-shaped area of land at the mouth of a river.

15. Narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas of land.

16. Area of flat land along a sea or ocean.

17. A narrow strip of water leading into the land from a larger body of water.

18. Flat land.

19. Stream or river that empties into a larger river.

20. Line on a mountain above which it is too cold for trees to grow.

21. Land that is almost completely surrounded by water.

22. Land that rises above the land around it with a broad, steep bank or cliff.

23. Land along a sea or ocean.

24. High, steep face of rock or earth overlooking land or sea

25. Deepest part of a body of water, often used by boats.

26. Point of land that extends into water

27. Deep, narrow valley with steep sides.

28. The natural elevation of the earth's surface but smaller than a mountain

29. Body of water that is a part of a sea or ocean and is partly enclosed by land.

30. Bowl shaped area land surrounded by higher land.

31. Area of low, wetland with trees.

32. Narrow channel of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

33. Place where a river begins.

34. Side of a hill or mountain.

35. The level that is even with the surface of an ocean or sea.

36. Body of salt water smaller than an ocean.

37. Top of a mountain.

38. Body of salt water larger than a sea.

39. Area of water and fertile land in a desert

40. Place where a river empties into another body of water.

41. Row of mountains.

42. Highest kind of land.

43. A level land area raised above adjoining land on at least one side.

44. Area of water where ships can dock safely near land.

45. Body of water that is partly enclosed by land but is larger than a bay.

46. Large ice mass that moves slowly down a mountain or across land.

47. Hilly area at the base of a mountain.

48. Flat land that is near the edge of a river and is formed by the silt deposited by floods.

49. Gap between mountains.


Match the number of the correct definition above with the word below.

Basin Harbor Plateau
Bay Hill Reef
Bluff Inlet River
Canyon Island Riverbank
Cape Isthmus Sea
Channel Lake Sea Level
Cliff Marsh Slope
Coast Mesa Source of River
Coastal Plains Mountain Strait
Delta Mountain Pass Swamp
Desert Mountain Range Timberline
Dune Mouth of River Tributary
Fall Line Oasis Valley
Floodplain Ocean Volcano
Foothills Peak Waterfall
Glacier Peninsula  
Gulf Plain  



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