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Map Terms

LEGEND A key on a map that explains the symbols on a map
ALTITUDE The height of land above the sea level
ELEVATION Another word for altitude.The height of land above sea level
PLATEAU Flat or gently rolling land,high above sea level
SCALE A ratio that compares map distance to an actual distance
GRIDS A series of lines on a map or globe that cross eachother at right angles. They are labeled with letters and numbers
NORTH POLE The most northern point on the earth
SOUTH POLE The most southern point on the earth
COMPASS ROSE An arrow on a map that shows directions
CARDINAL DIRECTIONS The four main directions on a compass rose such as north,south,east, and west
INTERMIDIATE DIRECTIONS The "in-between" directions on a compass rose such as northeast and southwest
ISTHMUS A narrow strip of land that connects two larger pieces of land
EQUINOX Equal hours of daylight and darkness.This happens two days a year,on September 22nd or 23rd and march 22nd and 23rd.During the equinox the earth is neither towards the sun or away from the sun
CLIMATE the usual weather in an area
REVOLUTION One complete journey of the earth around the sun. It takes a whole year for the earth to complete this journey
REVOLVE To turn.The earth turns around the sun
AXIS An imaginary line running through the earth from north to south
MERIDIANS OF LONGITUDE Lines on a map or globe that run from north to south and are labeled with letters and numbers
PARALLELS OF LATITUDE Lines on a map or globe that run from west to east and are labeled with letters and numbers
ROTATION one complete turn of the earth on its axis every 24 hours
Created by: rhea t.



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