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world geography term

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geography the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these.
line of latitude Latitude is used together with longitude to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth
parallel each of the imaginary parallel circles of constant latitude on the earth's surface
degree a unit of measurement of angles, one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the circumference of a circle
equator an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°
lines of longitude Lines of longitude, or meridians, run between the North and South Poles. They measure east-west position.
meridian a circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth's surface and the terrestrial poles
prime meridian the earth's zero of longitude, which by convention passes through Greenwich, England
map title A map usually contains the following elements: Title (and subtitle): Usually draws attention by virtue of its dominant size; serves to focus attention on the primary content of the map.
locator a device or system for locating something, typically by means of radio signals
map scale Map scale refers to the relationship (or ratio) between distance on a map and the corresponding distance on the ground. For example, on a 1:100000 scale map, 1cm on the map equals 1km on the ground.
compass rose a circle showing the principal directions printed on a map or chart
cardinal direction The four cardinal directions or cardinal points are the directions of north, east, south, and west, commonly denoted by their initials: N, E, S, W.
map key Map Key or Legend. A map key or legend is included with a map to unlock it. It gives you the information needed for the map to make sense.
intermediate directions An intercardinal, or ordinal, or intermediate, direction is one of the four intermediate compass directions located halfway between the cardinal directions.
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