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Location Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Reference Map Shows the location of the geographic areas for which census data are tabulated and disseminated
Thematic Map type of map or chart especially designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area
GPS Global Positioning System, a navigational system of signals from a network of satellites used to accurately determine locations on the earth's surface
GIS Geographic Information System, A computer application used to store, view, and analyze geographical information, especially maps
Distance Scale a ratio which compares a measurement on a map to the actual distance between locations identified on the map
Directional Indicator a compass that assists an airplane pilot in flying a predetermined course by direct reading and comparison of two indicators one of which is set for the desired heading.
Inset Map More detailed (larger scale) representation of a specific area on a map usually placed in an uncluttered portion of the same sheet as the smaller scale main map.
Legend An explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart
Latitude (Parallels) the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth's equator
Longitude (Meridians) the angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England
Equator an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°
Prime Meridian a planet's meridian adopted as the zero of longitude.
Northern Hemisphere the hemisphere that is to the north of the equator
Southern Hemisphere the hemisphere that is to the south of the equator
Eastern Hemisphere the half of the Earth that is east of the Prime Meridian and west of 180° longitude.
Western Hemisphere the half of the Earth that lies west of the Prime Meridian and east of the Antimeridian
Continents any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).
Map grid A symbolized network of lines, or graticule, representing parallels and meridians or plane coordinates
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