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Location Terms

TermDefinition
reference map shows the location of the geographic areas for which census data are tabulated and disseminated
thematic map a type of map especially designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area
GPS a radio navigation system that allows land, sea, and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world
GIS a computerized data management system used to capture, store, manage, retrieve, analyze, and display spatial information
distance sclae a ratio which compares a measurement on a map to the actual distance between locations identified on the map
directional indicator an instrument that indicates direction of movement, travel etc
inset map a small map set within a larger map
legend a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used
latitude (parallels) the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth's surface, measured on the meridian of the poin
longitude (meridians) angular distance east or west on the earth's surface, measured by the angle contained between the meridian of a particular place and some prime meridian
equator the great circle on a sphere or heavenly body whose plane is perpendicular to the axis
prime meridian the meridian running through Greenwich, England, from which longitude east and west is reckoned
northern hemisphere the half of the earth between the North Pole and the equator
southern hemisphere the half of the earth between the South Pole and the equator
eastern hemisphere the eastern part of the terrestrial globe, including Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe
western hemisphere he western part of the terrestrial globe, including North and South America, their islands, and the surrounding waters
continents one of the main landmasses of the globe, usually reckoned as seven in number (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica)
map grid a framework of crisscrossed or parallel bars; a grating or mesh
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