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A-tents

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Raised rock slabs or plates of varying thickness, mostly resulting from the buckling of laminae, plates, and slabs. These forms are generally cracked by tectonic activity, although ... More
abiotic

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Not living, non-biological, usually describing factors in an ecosystem: atmospheric gases, humidity, salinity, soil mineral particles, water, and so on. An ...

ablation

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Loss of snow and ice from a glacier by *sublimation, melting, and evaporation; and from the *calving of icebergs, and avalanches. In temperate and subpolar regions melting is the major ... More
Abler, Ronald F.

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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An influential American human geographer who co-authored a pioneering text on the *spatial science approach (Spatial Organization: The Geographer’s View of the World...

aboriginal

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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The first or earliest known inhabitants of a *place or *region. Aboriginals are often called *indigenous people...

aborigine

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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A member of an indigenous people existing in a land before invasion or colonization from outside. For Canadian aboriginal peoples, see ...

abrasion

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Also known as corrasion, this is the grinding away of bedrock by fragments of rock which may be incorporated in ice (...

absolute humidity

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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The density of the water vapour present in a mixture of air and water vapour. Cold air cannot contain as much water vapour as warm air, so has a lower absolute humidity than warm air. Low ... More
absolute plate motion

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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The movement of a crustal plate in relation to a fixed point, such as a hot spot, or latitude and longitude....

abstraction

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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The act or process of isolating a phenomenon and removing it from its real context of existence. It has a mental and a material aspect. The former involves carving the world up into ... More
abstraction

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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The selection and conceptualization of a phenomenon, or some aspect of it; a way of viewing a real world object, usually a simplification—such as a ...

abundance

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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The total number of individuals of a certain species present in an area, generally estimated by sampling methods (such as capture–recapture), and which may vary according to competition, ... More
abyssal

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Of or belonging to the ocean depths, especially below 2000 m. The abyssopelagic zone is that part of deep lakes, oceans, or seas characterized by specific forms of plankton and nekton ... More
academic capitalism

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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A description of universities, academics, and academic knowledge that suggests these are increasingly being driven by commercial values and goals. The term was popularized by American ... More
accelerator

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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A factor which increases the momentum of a boom or slump in an economy, so that a small change in demand, for example, may lead to a greater industrial growth (or decline)....

access

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Connection or entry to a service. A. Sen (1999) measures access to advantage by one’s access to basic needs: satisfying goods—like food; freedoms—as in a labour market; and capabilities. ... More
accessibility

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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The ease with which goods and services in one location can be accessed by people living in another location. Transportation and communications media are key infrastructures in this regard, ... More
accessibility

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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The ease of approach to one location from other locations: in terms of the distance travelled, the cost of travel, or the time taken. The improvement of infrastructures produces an ... More
accordant

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Complying with; thus, accordant drainage has evolved in conformity with the underlying geological structure: domes show a radial pattern, for example. The ...

accretion

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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1 The growth of land by the offshore deposition of sediment, forming *spits and *tombolos. Accretion is most active in ...

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