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Map Skills Vocab.

TermDefinition
hemisphere half of a globe.
equator imaginary line that circles 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 longitude
latitude imaginary parallel lines that circle the earth; run east to west; measure distance north or south of the equator
longitude imaginary lines, or meridians; run north to south; measure distance east or west of the prime meridian
map key explains colors and symbols 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 landforms and water features
political map map that shows human-made features (boundaries, cities, etc.)
thematic map map that shows specific topics in detail
axis horizontal or vertical line on a graph that tells what is being measured and units of measurement being used
x-axis horizontal axis
y-axis vertical axis
GPS device that receives signals from satellites to tell exact locations on the earth
GIS computer software that helps geographers gather and use information about a place
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