Yes, these are terms that we all use frequently, but when someone asks us the exact meaning we go...oh..oh..!


Panama is a good example of a long, narrow strip of land that joins two land masses surrounded by sea on either side. What is this kind of geographical feature called?

  • Isthmus

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  • Estuary

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  • Island

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  • Knoll

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Usually formed by water erosion, narrow channels form in the mountainside. What are these channels known as?

  • Fissure

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  • Crack

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  • Gully

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  • Gorge

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It is defined as an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between mountain or hill ranges. It is an area drained by a river and its tributaries. What is it commonly known as?

  • Canyon

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  • Valley

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  • Plain

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  • Plateau

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The term originates from the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. It refers to the wide triangle-shaped part of the river where it meets the lake or the sea. What is it called?

  • Delta

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  • Canyon

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  • Lagoon

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  • Tsunami

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It is a narrow, raised stretch of land that joins two mountains or hills that are close to each other. What is it called?

  • Ridge

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  • Rift

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  • Reef

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  • Massif

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A shallow pool of salt water which is near the coast. It is usually cut off from the sea by a ridge of sand and is a great place for swimming. What is it called?

  • Island

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  • Lagoon

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  • Cataract

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  • Ebb

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What is a narrow piece of land jutting into a lake or a sea called?

  • Jetty

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  • Sand bank

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  • Rapid

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  • Peninsula

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Sometimes at the deeper ends, the river forms a meander or bend. When this happens, the meander slits to form a shallow lake beside the river. What is this lake called?

  • Pool

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  • Meander

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  • Ox-bow lake

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  • Shallow lake

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What is that part of the river called where the fresh water of the river mixes with the salt water of the sea?

  • Strait

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  • Junction

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  • Tributary

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  • Estuary

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Usually found in flat, dry places, it is a deep valley with very steep sides. A river often flows through it and one can see it in its most exquisite form in the United States. What are we talking about?

  • Canyon

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  • Ravine

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  • Cliff

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  • Mountain

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