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Glossary of Terms

Variegated
Exhibiting different colors, especially displayed in streaks or patches.
Velocity
The speed of an object in a given direction.
Vertebrate
Any animal which possess a backbone or spinal column. This can include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes.
Vertebrates
Animals possessing a backbone or spinal column. This includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Vestigial
A remnant of something which was once larger and more useful.
Volcanism
Volcanic activity or phenomena.
Volcano
A typically cone-shaped mountain or hill through which lava, rock fragments and gasses escape through the earth’s crust.
Warm-blooded
Denoting an animal which is able to maintain a constant body temperature regardless of the temperature of its surroundings. (Homeothermic)
Washington
The U.S. state located north of Oregon, west of Idaho and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Pacific Ocean is located on its western border.
Watershed
An area of land which separates flowing water into different rivers, lakes. basins or seas.

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