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Vocabulary Geography

TermDefinition
Hemisphere half the globe
Equator imaginary lines that circle the middle of the earth; Makes Northern and Southern hemispheres
Prime Meridian imaginary line that runs North to South; Makes Eastern and Western hemispheres
Absolute Location exact position of a place on the earth's surface; measured in latitude and longtitude
Latitude imaginary lines circle the earth; run east to west;measure distance north to south of the eguator
Longtitude imaginary lines, or meridians; runs north to south; measure distance east or west of the Prime Meidiran
Map Key explain symbols and colors used on a map
Scale Bar shows distance on a map
Compass Rose shows direction on a map
Cardinal Directions north, south, east, west
Intermediate Directions northwest, southwest, northeast, southeast
Physical Map map that shows land-forms and water features
Political Map map that shows human-made features (boundaries, cities, etc.)
Thematic Map map that shows specific topics in deatil
Axis horizontal or vertical line on a graph that tells what is being measured and units of measurements being used
X-axis horizontal axis
Y-axis vertical axis
G.P.S. device that receives signals from satellites that tell the exact location/s on the earth
G.I.S. computer software that helps geographers gather and use information about a place
Created by: S730658