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Vocabulary

maps, Continents and Oceans

TermDefinition
Regional Scale A spatial scale that encompasses a geographic area where the climate is roughly uniform and the species contained there in are often restricted to that region by their dispersal capabilities
Spatial Scale The term is used for describing or classifying with large approximation the extent or size of a length, distance or area studied or described. For example: Global climate is the largest spatial scale.
Continent Any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America). A continent is one of several major land masses on the earth.
Ocean a very large expanse of sea, in particular, each of the main areas into which the sea is divided geographically. (There are 5: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic)
Hemisphere Either the northern or southern half of the earth as divided by the equator or the eastern or western half as divided by a meridian.
Southern Hemisphere Any place below the equator.
Northern Hemisphere Any place above the equator.
Western Hemisphere Any place to the left of the Prime Meridian.
Eastern Hemisphere Any place to the right of the Prime Meridian.
Prime Meridian The imaginary line that divides the world into equal eastern and western halves.
Equator The imaginary line that divides the world into equal northern and southern halves.
Pole Either of the two locations ( North Pole or South Pole ) on the surface of the earth that are the northern and southern ends of the axis of rotation.
Longitude is the angular distance, in degrees, minutes, and seconds, of a point east or west of the Prime Meridian. Lines of longitude are often referred to as meridians. (shown as a vertical line)
Latitude is the angular distance, in degrees, minutes, and seconds of a point north or south of the Equator. Lines of latitude are often referred to as parallels. (shown as a horizontal line on the map)
Created by: melissajwalsh