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Science whose subject is the history, structure and evolution of the terrestrial globe.

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structure of the Earth
The Earth is formed of three concentric layers: the core, the mantle and the crust; these are separated by transition zones called discontinuities.

section of the Earth’s crust image

section of the Earth’s crust
The Earth’s crust, continental and oceanic, is composed mainly of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock.

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tectonic plates
Immense portions of the lithosphere that slide over the asthenosphere; this shifting movement shapes the Earth’s topography.

mountain image

Elevated landform characterized by steep slopes; it is usually part of a chain.

glacier image

Mass of ice resulting from the accumulation and compression of snow; it moves under its own weight.

cave image

Natural underground cavity that results from the slow dissolution and erosion of rock by water.

landslides image

Ground movements that vary in speed, depending on the slope’s gradient, the nature of the soil and what triggers it.

watercourse image

Natural flow of water that varies in size, depending on the ground slope and the number of tributaries.

lakes image

Bodies of water varying in size and completely surrounded by land.

wave image

Undulation caused by the wind on the surface of a sea or lake.

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ocean floor
Part of the Earth’s surface beneath the seas and the oceans; its topography is highly variable.

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ocean trenches and ridges
Trench: very deep, elongated cavity bordering a continent or an island arc; it forms when one tectonic plate slides beneath another. Ridge: underwater mountain range that criss-crosses the oceans and is formed by rising magma in a zone where two plates are moving apart.

earthquake image

Sudden tremor in a region of the Earth’s crust caused by one rock mass sliding against another.

volcano image

Landform built up as lava and ash are ejected from the upper mantle during successive eruptions, accumulating and solidifying on the surface.

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common coastal features
Area where the land meets the sea; its features vary depending on climate, wind, sea and the type of rocks of which it is composed.

desert image

Hot region where aridity (less than 100 mm of annual rainfall) is such that plant and animal life is almost nonexistent.