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Map Skills Vocab

Social Studies - Chapter 1

What is the study of Earth and its people, places and environments? geography
What is the line of latitude that separates the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres? Equator
The imaginary lines that run north and south, but are measured east and west of the Prime Meridian are called what? longitude lines
What is the exact location of a place called? This often use latitude and longitude coordinates or an exact address. absolute location
The imaginary horizontal lines that run parallel across the earth, and are measured in degrees north and south of the Equator are called what? latitude lines
The location of one place compared to another place is called what? This often uses cardinal directions (N,E,S,W) relative location
These are used to represent the round Earth on a flat map. Map projections
This is the starting point for measuring longitude. It is the most important line of longitude that separates the earth into the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Prime Meridian
This is one half of the Earth. hemisphere
This shows more specialized information than a globe- such as land use, population, elevation or rainfall. thematic map
What shows the relationship between distances on the map and on Earth? a map scale
This is the average weather in a place over a long period of time. climate
Created by: maffch