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Map Skills

TermDefinition
Symbols These are drawings that stand for something.
Cardinal directions North, south, east and west
Oceans The largest bodies of water. There are four of these.
Globe This is a round model of the earth. It is in the shape of a sphere.
Longitude and latitude lines These create a grid around the Earth that helps us locate places on the globe.
Intermediate directions Northeast, Southeast, northwest, and southwest.
Map A drawing of the place as you would see it from above.
Continents The largest bodies of land on Earth. There are seven of them.
Grid This divides the map into small places and helps you find what you are looking for.
Scale This allows maps to show distances. Ex. 1 inch= 1mile
Longitude lines This circles the globe from the North pole to the South pole. The prime meridian is 0º longitude. It divides the Earth into Eastern and Western hemispheres.
Key or legend This explains the symbols on a map.
Latitude lines This circles the globe from side to side. The equator is 0º latitude. It divides the Earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Created by: Ken K