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land breeze
larynx
latitude
lava
law of conservation
of charge
law of conservation
of energy
law of conservation
of mass
law
leaching
lever
lichen
ligament
light-year
limiting factor
lipids
liquefaction
lithosphere
litter
movement of air from land to sea at
night, created when cooler, denser air
from the land forces up warmer air over
the sea.
airway to which the vocal cords are
attached.
distance in degrees north or south of the
equator.
molten rock that flows from volcanoes
onto Earth’s surface.
states that charge can be transferred
from one object to another but cannot be
created or destroyed.
states that energy can never be created
or destroyed.
states that the mass of all substances
present before a chemical change equals
the mass of all the substances remaining
after the change.
statement about how things work in nature
that seems to be true consistently.
removal of minerals that have been
dissolved in water.
simple machine consisting of a bar free
to pivot about a fixed point called the
fulcrum.
organism made up of a fungus and a green
alga or a cyanobacterium.
tough band of tissue that holds bones
together at joints.
unit representing the distance light
travels in one year—about 9.5 trillion
km—used to record distances between stars
and galaxies.
anything that can restrict the size of a
population, including living and
nonliving features of an ecosystem, such
as predators or drought.
group of biological compounds that
contains the same elements as
carbohydrates but in different
arrangements and combinations, and
includes saturated and unsaturated fats
and oils.
occurs when wet soil acts more like a
liquid during an earthquake.
rigid layer of Earth about 100 km thick,
made of the crust and a part of the upper
mantle.
twigs, leaves, and other organic matter
loess
long-day plant
longitude
longshore current
lunar eclipse
luster
lymph
lymph nodes
lymphatic system
lymphocyte
that help prevent erosion and hold water
and may eventually be changed into humus
by decomposing organisms.
windblown deposit of tightly packed,
fine-grained sediments.
plant that generally requires short
nights—less than ten to 12 hours of
darkness—to begin the flowering process.
distance in degrees east or west of the
prime meridian.
current that runs parallel to the
shoreline, is caused by waves colliding
with the shore at slight angles, and
moves tons of loose sediment.
occurs when Earth’s shadow falls on the
Moon.
property of metals and alloys that
describes having a shiny appearance or
reflecting light.
tissue fluid that has diffused into
lymphatic capillaries.
bean-shaped organs found throughout the
body that filter out microorganisms and
foreign materials taken up by the
lymphocytes.
carries lymph through a network of lymph
capillaries and vessels, and drains it
into large veins near the heart; helps
fight infections and diseases.
a type of white blood cell that fights
infection.