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Determining Location

Latitude distance north or south from the equator measured in degrees (parallels)
Longitude distance east or west from the prime meridian measured in degrees (meridians)
Hemisphere half of a sphere or globe (i.e. Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western)
Equator the parallel of 0 degrees latitude from which other latitudes are calculated
Prime Meridian the meridian of 0 degrees longitude from which other longitudes are calculated
Absolute Location the exact position of a place on the Earth's surface
Northern Hemisphere the half of the Earth that lies above the Equator when looking at a map
Southern Hemisphere the half of the Earth that lies below the Equator when looking at a map
Eastern Hemisphere the half of the Earth that lies right of the Prime Meridian when looking a map
Western Hemisphere the half of the Earth that lies left of the Prime Meridian when looking at a map
Map Key A map legend, it lists and explains the symbols, colors, and lines used on the map
Scale Bar Map tool, shows the relationship between map measurements and actual distance on Earth
Compass Rose A map tool that indicates direction
Cardinal Direction Found on a map, the 4 principal courses or routes of north, south, east, and west
Intermediate Direction The courses or routes of northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest
Scale The size of a picture, plan, or model of a thing compared to the size of the thing itself
Relative Location Location in relation to other places
Created by: ddenson80
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