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Unit 2

SS 6 - Gilbert - Perry Middle School

TermDefinition
Geographic Representation a description or portrayal of the Earth or parts of the Earth
Tsunmai An unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption.
Special Purpose Map A map made to reflect particular information about a geographic area.
Political Map A thematic (or special purpose map) that shows political boundaries.
Physical Map A thematic (or special purpose map) that shows major physical features of a place.
Equator The line of latitude that circles the earth halfway between the North and South Poles
Lines of Latitude Imaginary lines that show distances north or south of the Equator.
Prime Meridian The line of longitude that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole through Greenwich, England.
Lines of Longitude Imaginary lines that show distances east or west of Prime Meridian
Global Grid An imaginary grid on the world created by the intersection of lines of latitude and lines of longitude
Cartographer A geographer who makes maps.
Distortion Loss of accuracy
Projection A way to map our round Earth on a flat surface
Region An area with at least one characteristic or feature that sets it apart from other areas.
Hemisphere A region created when the Earth is divided in half.
Continent A large unbroken landmass surrounded by water.
Floodplain Flatland along a river that is prone to flooding.
Typhoon A tropical cyclone that occurs in the western Pacific region and Indian Ocean.
Natural hazard When physical forces create an extreme event that is somewhat unpredictable and that may have a negative effect on people.
Mitigation To make something less harsh, severe, or violent
Preparedness A state of full readiness, ready for action
Building Codes A set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed facilities
Risk factors A condition that influences the likelihood of an event
Exposure The condition of not being protected
Coping Managing external and internal demands that tax or exceed the resources of the person
Adapt To change so as to fit a new situation
Susceptibility Lack of ability to resist some outside force
Vulnerability The extent to which a country, area, community, or structure risks being damaged by a disaster.
Developing country A non-modernized and poor county that has created an industrial base.
Created by: egilbertperry