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Unit 1 Location

Unit 1 Social Studies

TermDefinition
absolute location the exact place where something is
geographer a person who studies the earth and its features
geography the study of the earth and its features
human geography the study of how people live on the earth
location the place where something is
physical geography the characteristics of the earth's surface
relative location a description of where a place is compared to something else
cartographer a mapmaker
compass rose the symbol on a map that shows the directions
globe a small, sphere-shaped model of the earth
key small section on a map that explains what the symbols mean
legend a small section on a map that explains what the symbols mean
map a flat picture of part or all of the earth
scale a small chart that shows the distance represented on a map
symbol a mark or a small drawing on a map that represents something else
axis the imaginary center line around which the earth rotates
continent a major landmass
equataor the line of latitude that divides the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
latitude imaginary lines that measure distance from the equator; these lines run from side to side on a globe or a map
longitude imaginary lines that measure distance from the prime meridian; these lines run from top to bottom on a globe or a map
ocean a large body of salt water
prime meridian the line of longitude that divides the earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres
Tropic of Cancer the line of latitude exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole
Tropic of Capricorn the line of latitude exactly halfway between the equator and the South Pole
coordinates the latitude and longitude that describe the absolute location of a place
grid a set of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines that form squares
elevation the height of an area above sea level
general-purpose map a map that gives a basic picture of an area; includes political and physical maps
physical map a map that shows the physical features of an area, such as mountains, rivers and plains
political map a map that shows the human-made boundaries of countries or regions
special-purpose map a map that shows information about a specific topic
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