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6 Grade Map Vocab BM

Vocabulary Words

Landforms The Earth’s surface features, such as mountains, valleys, and plains
Profile A map or diagram shown as if the land had been cut away so that the earth can be viewed from the side.
Relief Differences in the elevation of the land
Vertical exaggeration The showing of elevation at a scale larger than the scale used for distance
Perspective The point from which a map is drawn
Spherical Ball-shaped
Projection The representation on a map of the earth’s surface or a part of it.
Distortion The changing of the form of something.
A.M. The abbreviation for “before noon”
P.M. The abbreviation for “after noon”
International Date Line The line at roughly 180 degrees longitude
Time Line A line, representing a period of time, on which dates and the order of events are shown.
Standard Time Zone One of the 24 divisions of the earth in which the clock time is the same.
Orientation The location of directions.
Parallel A line of latitude: any one of the east-west lines drawn on maps and globes.
Latitude Distance north or south of the equator.
Hemisphere One half of the earth.
Longitude Distance east or west of the hemisphere
Meridian A line of Longitude: any of the north-south lines drawn on maps and globes.
Geographic Coordinates The numbers in the geographic grid system; the numbers that give the latitude and longitude of a place.
Compass Rose A drawing used to show orientation on maps that do not have a grid system.
Key The part of the map that explains the symbols used on a map.
Scale The relationship between distance on a map and actual distance on the earth.
Elevation The height of the land. Usually given as the height above sea level, which is considered to be 0 elevation.
Contour lines Any of the lines that are used to show elevation on a topographical map.
Cartographer A mapmaker
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