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Map Skills

TermDefinition
Map A flat drawing of the Earth's surface or a part of its surface.
Globe A round model of the Earth that shows actual size, shape and location of land and water.
Cartographer Mapmaker
Equator Main line of latitude. 0 degrees.
Prime Meridian Main line of longitude. 0 degrees.
Map Key or Map Legend Shows the symbols and colors used on the map and what they mean.
Compass Rose Shows the directions north, east, south, and west.
Scale Bar Shows the actual distance between points on the map.
Physical Map Maps that show the natural landforms - mountains, rivers, and fields.
Thematic Map Special maps that show a certain topic - climate or language for example.
Political Map Maps that show the man-made boundaries of a continent, country, state, county, city or town.
Cardinal direction The main directions on the compass rose - north, east, south, west.
Intermediate direction The secondary directions between the cardinal directions - northeast, southeast, southwest, northwest.
Global Positioning System (GPS) Global positioning system - Device that uses three or more different satellites to determine a given position on the Earth's surface.
Absolute Location The physical address or coordinates of a location.
Relative Location The description of a location based on the location of something else.
Climate The weather of a location over a long period of time.
Northern Hemisphere The area of the Earth north of the Equator.
Southern Hemisphere The area of the Earth south of the Equator.
Western Hemisphere The area of the Earth west of the Prime Meridian.
Eastern Hemisphere The area of the Earth east of the Prime Meridian.
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