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Map Vocabulary

17 Map Vocabulary Words

continent one of Earth's large bodies of land, including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America
ocean one of Earth's four large bodies of water; they include Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean
hemisphere one half of a sphere or globe. Earth can be divided into 4 hemispheres. The equator divides Earth into NORTH and SOUTH. The Prime Meridian divides Earth into EAST and WEST.
equator an imaginary line encircling Earth half way between the North Pole and the South Pole; designated as 0 degrees latitude
latitude an imaginary line, or parallel, measuring distance NORTH and SOUTH of the equator
longitude an imaginary line, or meridian, measuring distance EAST and WEST of Earth's Prime Meridian
parallel a line of latitude; they will never meet
meridian any line of longitude; and is EAST and WEST of Earth's Prime Merdian
Prime Meridian the line of longitude labeled 0 degrees longitude. Any place east of the Prime Meridian is labeled E and any place west of it is labeled W.
cartographer a person who makes maps
cardinal directions one of the 4 main points of a compass
intermediate directions a direction half way between two cardinal directions; northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest
compass rose a drawing that indicates directions on a map that include cardinal directions and intermediate directions.
scale a guide that explains the relationship between real distances on Earth and distances on a map
symbol something that stands for something else
map key a guide telling you what each symbol on a map stands for
locator a small map inset in the corner of a larger map that helps you understand where the subject area of the larger is located on Earth
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