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Poach:

To steal game or fish from someone else's land or water.

Polar regions:

Those areas of the earth which lie close to the North or South Poles.

Pole:

The term pole refers to either end of the axis of rotation of the earth, that is the North Pole and the South Pole.

Population:

The total number of people who live in an area or country

Precipitation:

Precipitation means all forms of water, which fall to the ground. It can take many forms, for example, rain, dew, hail and snow.

Primary employment:

Primary employment is the percentage of working population in an area who are employed in the extraction or collection of raw materials e.g. farming and mining.

Pundits:

Pundit is derived from a Hindi word for a ‘man of learning’. It was used as a term for Indians who secretly explored and surveyed Tibet in the nineteenth century. They were used because the British were not allowed into Tibet themselves. The British were anxious to map Tibet as they feared a Russian attack on Nepal or India from the north.

Pyramidal peak:

A pyramidal peak is a horn-shaped mountain summit. This horn is created by the deepening and expansive erosion of corries on three sides of the peak. Frost shattering creates a pyramidal peak’s jagged summit.