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Map Skills Vocab

Social Studies

continent a large body of land
hemisphere one half of the earth
equator an imaginary line that divides the earth into northern and southern hemispheres
longitude distance east or west of the prime meridian, imaginary lines that run north to south
latitude distance north or south of the equator, imaginary lines that run east to west
meridian another name for longitude lines
prime meridian an imaginary line dividing the earth into eastern and western hemispheres
intermediate directions NW, SW, NE, SE
cardinal directions the directions north, south, east, west
scale a unit of measure on a map that is used to represent distances on earth
compass rose a drawing on a map that shows direction
parallel another name for latitude lines
symbol anything that stands for something else
key / legend a list that tells you what symbols stand for
locator a small map that shows where the subject area of a main map is located
global grid the pattern of crossed lines formed when latitude and longitude are used together
Created by: kristinnash
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