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6-7 Wrld Geo. Vocab

Location Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Reference Map Mapping that includes all possible valid relationships between a source system and a target system.
Thematic Map Mapping that is specifically designed to show a certain theme or topic, such as temperatures, climates, elevation or population.
GPS Global Positioning System; A space-based satellite program that provides location and time information during all weather conditions on the Earth when there is a clear line for four or more GPS satellites.
GIS Geographic Information System; A system that uses hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
Distance Scale A statement of the relationship between distances on a map and the distances in real life.
Directional Indicator An arrow on a map that points in the direction that indicates the orientation of the map.
Inset Map A more detailed (larger scale) representation of a specific area on the map and is usually placed in an uncluttered portion of the same sheet as the smaller scale map.
Legend The wording on the map that helps to understand what the symbols mean.
Latitude/Parallels The imaginary horizontal lines that define the Earth’s shape and are defined as North or South.
longitude/Meridians The imaginary vertical lines that define the Earth’s shape and are defined as East or West.
Equator The horizontal line that is placed along the 0 degree North/South mark.
Prime Meridian The vertical line that is placed along the 0 degree East/West mark.
Northern Hemisphere The upper half of the globe, split along the equator.
Southern Hemisphere The lower half of the globe, split along the equator.
Eastern Hemisphere The right half of the globe, split along the Prime Meridian
Western Hemisphere The left half of the globe, split along the Prim Meridian.
Continents Any of the world's main continuous expanses of land.
Map Grid A symbolized network of lines representing parallels and meridians.
Created by: MReupke