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Geography 2

Geography Vocabulary Part 2

TermDefinition
coordinates a set of numbers that together describes the exact location of something
hemisphere one half of a circular-type shape; Earth can be divided into four of these
landmass a very large, unbroken area of land
revolution one complete trip by Earth around the sun
axis an imaginary line that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole through the center of Earth
rotation the spinning motion of Earth around its axis
Tropic of Capricorn the southernmost line of latitude where the sun's rays ever beat straight down
Tropic of Cancer the northernmost line of latitude where the sun's rays ever beat straight down
tropical zones the area between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer and then between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, where the climate is generally hot
Arctic Circle the line of latitude that marks the boundary of the northern polar zone
Antarctic Circle the line of latitude that marks the boundary of the southern polar zone
polar zones the area between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole or between the Antarctic Circle and the South Pole, where the climate is generally cold
temperate zones the area between Earth's tropical zones and polar zones where climate is relatively mild
International Date Line the meridian of longitude located at 180 degrees where if crossed, the day changes
population density the average number of people who live in a unit of area, such as a square mile, measuring how crowded it is
region an area defined by one or more natural or cultural characteristics that set it apart from other areas
thematic map a map that shows a particular theme or topic
vegetation all the plants and trees in an area
land use the way people use the land they live on to meet their needs
Created by: hingram2000