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physical map click to hear : physical map

Type of map representing the Earth’s surface (topography, watercourses, aquatic areas) using various techniques (contour lines, colors).
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ocean mountain mass river plateau gulf cape plain river isthmus peninsula archipelago lake river estuary island strait sea bay mountain range prairie

ocean click to hear : ocean

Vast body of saltwater covering a large part of the Earth’s surface and separating the continents.

mountain mass click to hear : mountain mass

Group of closely spaced mountains.

river click to hear : river

Natural watercourse of minor or intermediate size that empties into another watercourse.

plateau click to hear : plateau

Vast expanse of relatively flat land, higher than the surrounding region and bounded by deep valleys with sheer cliffs.

gulf click to hear : gulf

Long curvature in a coastline; it reaches far inland and is more or less open.

cape click to hear : cape

Massive elevated headland extending into the sea or a river estuary.

plain click to hear : plain

Vast, relatively flat expanse of land, lower than the surrounding landscape; its valleys are wide and shallow.

river click to hear : river

Major watercourse fed by numerous smaller rivers; it empties into the sea.

isthmus click to hear : isthmus

Narrow strip of land between two bodies of water; it connects two larger expanses of land.

peninsula click to hear : peninsula

Vast expanse of land extending into the sea and connected to a continent.

archipelago click to hear : archipelago

Group of islands.

lake click to hear : lake

Body of water completely surrounded by land; it varies in size and depth.

river estuary click to hear : river estuary

Mouth of a river that is influenced by the tides; it forms an indentation in the coastline that varies in width and depth.

island click to hear : island

Expanse of land completely surrounded by water.

strait click to hear : strait

Natural arm of a sea between two coasts; it connects two bodies of water.

sea click to hear : sea

Vast body of saltwater at some distance inland; it is not as deep as an ocean.

bay click to hear : bay

Indentation in a shoreline that reaches far inland and is delimited by two capes.

mountain range click to hear : mountain range

A row of connected mountains characterized by high summits and deep valleys.

prairie click to hear : prairie

Vast expanse of relatively flat land that is characterized by grasses and is naturally devoid of trees.