• chaparral: a number of shrubby plants widely found in southern California that are especially adapted to dry, sunny summers and cool, wet winters
  • climate: the average weather at a particular place over a period of many years  
  • domestic: related to the household or family 
  • earthquake: a shaking or movement of the earth that often happens with mountain building or other movements of the earth's crust 
  • ecology: the relationship that exists between organisms and their environment 
  • extinct: no longer in to be found or in existence 
  • fault: a fracture or break in the earth's crust  
  • geologist: a person who studies the history of the earth and its life, especially as recorded in rocks 
  • igneous: rocks resulting from magma or the activity of volcanoes 
  • landforms: a feature of the earth's surface, such as plains, plateaus, mountains, hills, valleys, etc. 
  • metamorphic: rocks which have been reformed by pressure, heat, or water to become more compact and crystalline
  • natural resources: materials supplied by nature 
  • rain shadow: a region of reduced rainfall due to the presence of high mountains 
  • recreational: 1. relating to amusement and entertainment 2. refreshment of strength and spirits 
  • sedimentary: rock formed of fragments of other rocks that have been moved from its source and deposited in water, such as: shale, sandstone, or limestone. Sedimentary rock often has a layered appearance.  
  • species: an individual plant or animal belonging to a particular scientific group or category, with the same attributes as others of its kind 
  • subdivided: to separate or divide into more parts 
  • urbanized: a rural area which has become densely populated and has taken on the characteristics of a city 
  • weather: the condition of the atmosphere with relation to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, at a particular time and place