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Map skills for gr6

Map Skills for Grade 6

Legend A set of illustrations showing what certain symbols mean on a map
Cardinal Directions North, South, East, and West
Hemispheres Half of the earth, divided either by the equator or the prime meridian
Equator An imaginary line running east to west around the middle of the earth, dividing it in two
Prime Meridian Another imaginary line, this one running north to south, going across both poles
Lines of latitude Imaginary lines running parallel to the equator
Lines of longitude Imaginary lines running north to south, like the prime meridian, intersecting with it at the poles
Contiguous states States that touch each other
Inset map A smaller map that shows where a larger map is in the world
intermediate directions NE, SE, NW, SW
physical map a map that shows mountains, hills, plains, rivers, lakes, and oceans
topographic map a map that shows the land forms or surface features of a region
road map a map which shows the locations, lengths, and kinds of roads in an area
thematic maps a map that emphasizes a particular theme or special topic, like rainfall
compass rose a tool on a map showing cardinal and intermediate directions
coordinates a set numbers that locate a place or point on the earth's surface
Scale The part of a map that indicates how big an area of the earth is shown
Cartographers A map maker
Elevation The height of a physical feature above sea level
Unit of longitude and latitude measurement degrees
North Pole represents 90 degrees North
South Pole represents 90 degrees South



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