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Antarctica Vocabulary

adaptations Changing to fit into an environment or situation
alpine A type of plant that is native to the mountain regions and can grow on rocks or upper elevations
arctic Very cold area around the North Pole
conservationist Someone or a group of people who try to help the earth and animals any way they can
continent Any of the seven largest land masses on the Earth (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America)
hemisphere Half a sphere, half the Earth that is usually divided into north and south by the equator and east and west by the prime meridian
lichens A fungus that grows symbiotically with algae to form a crust on rocks and trees
permafrost A thick subsurface layer of soil that remains frozen throughout the year, this is typically only found in polar regions
polar Of or pertaining to the North or South Pole
shelter A place that can give temporary protection form harm such as attackers or bad weather
terrain The way a piece of land is described such as rough or grassy or smooth
treacherous Hazardous because of presenting dangers or unseen harm
tundra A vast flat treeless Arctic region in which permafrost exists
tussocks A small area of grass that is longer than any grass that surrounds it or a tuft of hair or feather
zone An area of land that has a particular purpose or characteristic


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