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Introduction Unit

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
GEER Government, Economy, Education, Religion basic institutions of a culture region
Political map shows the names and boundaries of countries
Physical map shows landforms, water features, and elevation
Map legend/key explains the lines used on a map with symbols or colors
Map Scale shows the ration between the distance on a map and the distance in real life
Map Compass rose shows N/S/E/W coordinates
Elevation shows the height above sea level
Longitude vertical lines, run north to south, measure distances east to west 0-180 degrees from the prime meridian, not parallel/join at the poles or meridians
Latitude horizontal lines, run east to west, measure distances north to south 0-90 degree from the equator, parallel, never touch and stay the same distance apart
Culture region an area inhabited by people who have one or more culture traits in common
Culture diffusion process of spreading new cultures to other countries
Multiculturalism many cultures existing in one area or country
Globalization the development of one world culture and one world economy where all countries are dependent upon each other
Transportation corridor provides an easy way to move goods and people from one place to another; increases trade and migration
Transportation barrier slows or prevents easy movement; decreases trade and migration
Relative location location of something in relation to something else, often using landmarks or features
Absolute location specific point on the Earth's surface, often found using latitude and longitude
Urban relating to a city
Rural relating to country
Continent large land mass
Country can be a state or a nation
State a nation with its own government occupying a particular territory
Nation large group of people with something in common like language, culture, history, and having its own government
Equator 0 degrees latitude
Prime Meridian 0 degrees longitude
Tropic of Cancer 23 degrees north
Tropic of Capricorn 23 degrees south
Climate map map that shows climate; temperature, rain, drought
Antarctic circle 66 degrees south
Arctic circle 66 degrees north
International date line 180 degrees longitude
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