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6th grade SS

Map skills vocab

A graphic that compares the distance on a map to the actual distance it represents (ex 1 inch=100 mi) Bar scale
North, south, east and west Cardinal directions
Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest Intermediate directions
A directional arrow that shows cardinal and sometimes intermediate directions Compass Rose
A list that explains the symbols on a map (key) Legend
That unit for latitude and longitude Degrees
An imaginary line that runs around the center of the earth, halfway between the north and south poles Equator
Imaginary lines on the earth that run between the north and south poles, also called lines of longitude Meridians
The point on the earth located at 90° North latitude, where the lines of longitude meet North Pole
Imaginary lines on earth that run parallel to the equator, also called lines of latitude Parallels
An imaginary line that runs from the north pole to the South Pole of the earth at 0° longitude Prime meridian
The point on the earth located at 90° South latitude where the lines of longitude meet South Pole
A mapmaker Cartographer
Half of the earth Hemisphere
An intersecting pattern formed by lines of longitude and latitude Geographic grid
A description of a place using grid coordinates of latitude and longitude, an exact spot Absolute location
The latitude and longitude address of a place on a map Coordinates
Description of a place using the relation of one place to another, not exact, more general Relative location
Sharing an edge or boundary, touching Contiguous
A smaller map set within the border of a larger one Inset map
Created by: skmeck