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6 - Map Vocab

6th Map Vocabulary

DefinitionWord
a collection of maps atlas
map maker cartographer
shows the cardinal directions on the map compass rose
place on the map which explains all of the symbols key or legend
the difference between the distance on the map and the actual distance scale
the round shape of the earth sphere
half of the earth hemisphere
type of map which shows boundaries of different countries and cities political
type of map which shows landforms (including mountains, hills, and plains) mainly through differences in elevation physical
measure of the height of land from sea level, can be above or below sea level elevation
lines on a physical map used to show differences in elevation, all points on one line are at the same elevation contour lines
lines that extend east and west around the earth, parallel to the Equator latitude
lines that extend north and south, all from North Pole to South Pole longitude
zero degrees latitude, divides earth into northern and southern hemispheres Equator
zero degrees longitude, divides earth into eastern and western hemispheres Prime Meridian
180 degrees longitude, on the other side of the earth from the Prime Meridian, also divides earth into eastern and western hemispheres International Date Line
identifying a specific place on earth using a mathematical grid system, such as latitude and longitude absolute location
identifying the location of a place based on its relationship to another place relative location
the four main directions on the compass rose cardinal
the directions between the four main directions on a compass rose intermediate
shading on a map to show mountains, hilly areas, and changes in elevation relief
a small map that shows a larger area and the placement of the main map in that area, also called a locator inset map
map that shows information about the past historical
map that shows how people, languages, religion, rainfall, or other types of information are spread out over an area distribution
Created by: daiseymd