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Asia - Terms

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absolute location
- latitude and longitude of a place
ancestor
- long-ago member of a family or group
alliance
- nations or people joined together to defend one another
animism
- belief that everything in nature has a spirit
arable
- suitable for farming
archipelago
- a chain of islands
arid
- dry
climate
- weather in a place over a long period of time
Communism
- form of government under which most property and businesses are owned in common by all under strict government control
cyclone
- violent tropical storm or hurricane, especially one in the southwestern Pacific Ocean or Indian Ocean
deity
- god or goddess
developing nation
- poor country with little technology and a low living standard
distribution map
- shows the location and density of people, crops, resources, or industries in a country or area
domestic
- household worker or servant
domesticated
- tamed; raised for use by humans
drought
- long period with little or no precipitation
generalization
- a general statement or conclusion
gulf
- an area of water partly enclosed by land
isthmus
- a narrow strip of land connecting two larger bodies of land
meditate
- quietly reflect or pray
megalopolis
- an extremely large, densely populated city or group of cities
meteorologists
- scientists that study weather and climate
microcosm
- a miniature view of something that represents the bigger picture
monsoons
- seasonal winds that bring heavy rains and droughts to parts of Asia
peasants
- farmers who owns no land of their own
peninsula
- land surrounded by water on three sides
philosophy
- love and pursuit of wisdom; the study of thinking
pilgrim
- one who takes a journey for religious reasons
plateau
- high, level tableland
political map
- shows manmade boundaries of countries, states, provinces, or other districts
precipitation
- rain, snow, sleet, etc.
relative location
- description of a place in terms of other places or landmarks
relic
- treasured remain or fragment from the past
Ring of Fire
- area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in and around the Pacific Ocean
sacred
- of religious importance; holy
sewage
- waste matter from humans and industry
steppes
- semi-arid grasslands
strait
- narrow passage of water connecting two larger bodies of water
subcontinent
- a very large land mass, but not as large as a continent
subsistence farming
- small-scale agriculture that provides just enough food for the family that produces it
tradition
- belief or way of doing things that is passed down from generation to generation
tropics
- warm, humid regions north and south of the equator
tsunami
- a huge ocean wave usually caused by an earthquake or volcano on the ocean floor