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Maps, Globes, and Geographic Tools

TermDefinition
globe 3-D representation of the world; spherical object with a map of the world
environment the natural world in a particular geographic area is referred to as the ...
aerial photograph a PICTURE taken from high above the Earth, usually with cameras from an airplane
satellite images images of Earth taken by satellites in space
geographic features relating to the natural features, population, and characteristics of a region
GIS Geographic Information System; tool used by geographers
GPS Global Positioning System
cartographer map maker
geographic tools instruments used by geographers to study the geographic and human features of the Earth; including maps, globes, aerial photographs, GIS, and satellite images
map key identifies features on a map
map scale determines distance on a map
compass rose; direction indicator shows cardinal and intermediate directions; used to describe relative location of characteristics on a map
physical map a map whose PRIMARY purpose is to show landforms like deserts, mountains and plains; these maps can often include political boundaries
climate map a map that shows the prevailing weather conditions in an area over a long period of time
topographic map; elevation map A map that shows the physical features of an area using contour lines to represent the size, shape, and elevation of the features
political map a map designed to show government boundaries of countries and states
economic activity map; resource map; product map A map that shows the specific types of economic activity or natural resources present in an area