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Location Vocabulary


Reference Map A reference map is a map that emphasizes the geographic location of features.
Thematic Map A type of map or chart especially designed to show a particular theme connected with a specific geographic area.
GPS Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions
GIS Geographic information system, or GIS, is a computerized data management system used to capture, store, manage, retrieve, analyze, and display spatial information.
Distance Scale Length scale is a particular length or distance determined with the precision of one order of magnitude
Directional Indicator A component of the average directional index (ADX) that is used to measure the presence of a downtrend.
Inset Map A small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.
Legend A table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used.
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
Prime Meridian The earth's zero of longitude, which by convention passes through Greenwich, England.
Northern Hemisphere The half of a planet that is north of its equator
Southern Hemisphere All or parts of five continents, four oceans and most of Oceania
Eastern Hemisphere A geographical term for the half of the Earth that is east of the Prime Meridian and west of 180° longitude.
Western Hemisphere A geographical term for the half of the Earth that lies west of the Prime Meridian
Continents Any of the world's main continuous expanses of land
Map Grid Lines on maps define the coordinate system, and are numbered to provide a unique reference to features.
Created by: daijacarter



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