LANDFORMS - Alvin Independent School District

LANDFORMS - Alvin Independent School District

LANDFORMS Physical features on the Earths surface Created by: Meggan Schlein & Kristie Benton 2005 PLAIN

A flat land that is low in elevation Examples: Great

Plains, Texas, Central Australia (Outback) PLATEAU An elevated flat land

Examples: Colorado, Tibet, South Africa MOUNTAIN A very tall, natural piece of land with steep sides

Examples: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest, Mt. McKinley Mt. St. Helens MOUNTAIN RANGE A

Group of mountains Examples: Rockies, Smokey Mtns., Himalayas, Andes, Alps A low place between

mountains VALLEY Example: Napa California South TX Death Valley, Utah

CANYON A deep valley with narrow sides created by erosion Example: Grand Canyon, AZ

Big Bend, TX Grand Canyon of Yellowstone PENINSULA A body of land that is surrounded by

water on three sides Examples: Florida, Baja (Mexico), Examples: India, Italy

Examples of Peninsulas (continued) Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) Bolivar

Peninsula (Galveston, TX) ISLAND Land completely surrounded by water Example: Galveston

Madagascar Tasmania ARCHIPELAGO A group or chains of islands Examples:

Hawaii Examples: Philippines, Indonesia, Caribbean, Japan ISTHMUS

A narrow strip of land connecting two land masses Examples:

Panama, Manmade Canal waterway, a shortcut to transport ships

Examples: Panama Canal Suez Canal, Corinth Canal, Erie Canal Water Landforms

A LAKE large body of water that is surrounded by land on all sides

Examples: Great Lakes, Salt Lake Lake Jackson RIVER A large, flowing body of

water Examples: Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, Nile, Amazon Triangular

shaped area where sediment is deposited at the mouth of a river (where it empties into another body of water) Examples:

Nile River Delta, DELTA SEA or GULF A large body of salty water that is often connected to an ocean Examples:

Mediterranean Sea Caribbean Sea Gulf of Mexico Gulf of Hormuz A STRAIT

narrow body of water that connects 2 larger bodies of water Examples: Bering Strait Strait of Gibraltar

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