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Location Terms

TermDefinition
reference map display the boundaries, names and unique identifiers of standard geographic areas, as well as major cultural and physical features, such as roads, railroads, coastlines, rivers and lakes.
thematic map s a type of map especially designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area.
GPS Global Positioning System that uses satellites to give you direction to your destination
GIS Geographic Information System is a computerized data management system used to capture, store, manage and etc.
distance scale Of a map is the ratio of a distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground.
directional indicator Compass
inset map A small graphic representation set within a larger one
legend Map Key
latitude (parallels) the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth's equator
longitude (meridians) the angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian
Equator The latitude line that splits the earth in half
Prime Meridian The longitude line that that splits east and west
northern hemisphere everything above the equator
southern hemisphere everything below the equator
eastern hemisphere everything to right of the meridian
western hemisphere everything to the left of the meridian
continents any of the world's main continuous expanses of land
map grid the coordinate system, and the numbers to provide a unique reference to features.
Created by: Vicsparkatude