Chapter# 2 (The country): Vocabulary/Important Terminology
1. Political ecology- is the study of the relationships between political, economic and social factors with environmental issues and changes
2. National Park Service- an agency of the Interior Department responsible for the national parks
3. Fall line- a line running approximately parallel to the Atlantic coast and dividing the eastern Atlantic coastal plain, or tidewater, from the western Appalachian foothill region, or Piedmont. This natural boundary was created by the difference in elevation and geologic structure of the two areas
4. Appalachians- a native or resident of the Appalachian mountain area
5. Central Lowland- a region in the interior of North America, in the USA and Canada. The Central Lowland is bounded on the southeast and northeast by the Appalachian Mountains and the Laurentian Upland; in the west it adjoins the Great Plains, and it extends south to the Gulf Coastal Plain
6. Glacial moraine- any glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris (soil and rock)
7. Great Plains- A vast grassland region of central North America extending from the Canadian provinces
8. The Northeast - The Northeastern United States - geographical region of the United States bounded to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Southern United States, and to the west by the Midwestern United States-The Northeastern region is the nations most economically developed, densely populated, and culturally diverse.
9. The South-commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South-is an area comprising the southeastern and south-central United States. The region is known for its culture and history, having developed its own customs, musical styles and varied cuisines that have helped distinguish it in some ways from the rest of...