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Location Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Reference Map A representation, usually on a plane surface, of a region of the earth
Thermatic Map designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area
GPS (Global Positioning System) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time.
GIS (geographic information system) is a computerized data management system used to capture, store, manage, retrieve, analyze, and display spatial information.
Distance Scale scale of a map is the ratio of a distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground
Directional Indicator used to measure the presence of a downtrend.
Inset Map a small picture, map,etc., inserted within the border of a larger one
Legend The legend of a map is a small table accompanying the map that explains the symbols that are used on the map.
Latitude (Parallels) angular distance north or south from the equator to a particular location.
Longitude (Meridian) angular distance east or west from the north-south line that passes through Greenwich, England, to a particular location.
Equator imaginary circle around the earth, halfway between the north and south poles.
Prime Meridian the meridian that passes through Greenwich, England.
Northern Hemisphere half of the Earth that is north of the equator.
Southern Hemisphere half of the Earth that is south of the equator.
Eastern Hemisphere consists of Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe
Western Hemisphere another name for the Americas
Continents The land mass on Earth is divided into continents. The seven current continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
Map Grid Grid lines on maps define the coordinate system, and are numbered to provide a unique reference to features
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