Physiographic Regions


geographers: those who study physical aspects of the earth; its landscapes, climate, vegetation, and animal life, as well as the relationships between them.

physiographic regions: regions which are determined by the age and type of rock in the area, by the landscape of the area, such as lowland, hills, or mountains, and by the climate of the area.

moderated : the cooling in the summer and warming during winter months of low-lying regions around large lakes.  Cool breezes blow off big bodies of water during warmer months and the water retains heat during the coldest months.

precipitation: water falling from the sky either as rain or snow.

proximity : closeness of two or more things.

piedmont : literally meaning "at the foot of the mountians" or "foothills," this term refers to the rolling hills and valleys at the foot of a mountainous region.

monadnocks: an Indian word meaning "island mountain place," this is a mountain, often located in a piedmont, which rise above the surrounding landscape.  They are made of granite, a hard igneous rock that resists the forces of erosion.

bedrock : solid layer of rock that is found under unconsolidated soil and loose rock.

sparsely populated: when there are very few people per square mile of land area.