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Map Skills


half of the globe Hemisphere
imaginary line that circles the middle of the earth; makes Northern and Southern hemispheres Equator
imaginary line that runs North to South; makes Eastern and Western hemispheres Prime Meridian
exact position of a place on the earth’s surface; measured in latitude and longitude Absolute location
imaginary parallel lines that circle the earth; run east to west; measure distance north or south of the Equator Latitude
imaginary lines, or meridians; run north to south; measure distance east or west of the Prime Meridian Longitude
explains symbols and colors used on a map Map key
shows distance on a map Scale bar
shows direction on a map Compass rose
north, south, east, west Cardinal directions
northwest, southwest, northeast, southeast Intermediate directions
map that shows landforms and water features Physical map
map that shows human-made features (boundaries, cities, etc.) Political map
map that shows specific topics in detail Thematic map
horizontal or vertical line on a graph that tells what is being measured and units of measurement being used Axis
horizontal axis X-axis
vertical axis Y-axis
device that receives signals from satellites to tell exact locations on the earth GPS
computer software that helps geographers gather and use information about a place GIS
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