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Geography Vocabulary

Absolute Location Specific, exact point of reference address
Relative Accurate but very general
Perspective personal view of the world
Proxmity nearness in space, time or relationship
Distance An amount of space between two things or people
Direction A course along which someone or something moves
Bearing A person's way of standing or moving
Coordinates each of a group of numbers used to indicate the postion of a point, line or plane
Vector Direct (an aircraft in flight) to a desired point
Equator 0 degrees latitude
Parallel lines of latitude
Prime Meridian Imaginary lines that divides the earth into eastern and western halves. 0 degrees line longitude
Meridian lines of longitude
Hemisphere Any half of the earth
Tropic Of Cancer A line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator
Tropic Of Capricorn A line of latitude about 23 degrees to the south of the equator
Cardinal Directions North, South, East, West
Intermediate points Northeast, Southeast, East-west
Location A particular place or position
Place A particular position or place
Movement an act of changing physical location or position or of having this change
Human Environmental Interaction Looks at the relationships between people and environment
Region Large area that is different from the areas around it. A region can be defined by a single feature or by several features, either natural or cultural
Latitude imaginary lines joining points or earth's surface that are all of equal distance north or south of the equator
Longitude distance east or west of the prime meridian, as measured in degrees of a circle
International dateline an imaginary line on the surface of the earth following the 180th meridian (180 degrees longitude)
Tropic Zone the part of the earths surface between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of Capricorn
Environment Everything that surrounds, both natural and/or man-made
Ecology A unique environment with unique characteristics
Adaptation living things learn to live in their unique environment/ ecosystems
Climate Average weather in a region over a long period of time
Compass rose a circle showing the principal of directions printed on a map or chart
Legend/key Tells you about specific icons or colors on a game or map
Scale the ratio between a distance on a map and the corresponding distance on earth
equinox the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earths equator making night and day equal all around the world
Solstice either of the two times of the year the sun is at its greatest from the equator
Poles North and south poles
GPS Global Positioning System
GIS Georgraphic Information System is a system of hardware and software used for storage and mapping
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