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Mrs. Love Maps Vocab

Vocabulary for Maps

TermDefinition
longitude Imaginary lines that run around Earth in a north and south direction
latitude Imaginary parallel lines that run around Earth in an east and west direction
equator Line of latitude that divides the earth into northern and southern hemisphere
political map map that shows cities, states, and countries
Tropical Zone zone between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
Frigid Zone zones found north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle
Temperate Zone the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle or between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle
elevation map Shows the elevation of an area above or below sea level.
distribution map Map that shows how things such as population are distributed over an area
map key a box in which the map's symbols are explained. Also called a legend
road map shows automobile routes between cities for a country, state, or county
map scale a drawing showing measurements that help you estimate actual distances
24 The number of time zones on Earth
geography The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere
cardinal directions north, south, east, west
intermediate directions northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest
Prime Meridian an imaginary line that divides the earth into Eastern and Western hemispheres, which passes through Greenwich, England.
hemisphere half of the earth, usually divided into northern and southern halves by the equator, or into western and eastern halves by the Prime Meridian.
population map A map with populations of specific cities, states, or countries
climate map Shows weather patterns (temperature and rainfall amounts)
axis imaginary line through the center of the Earth connecting the two poles
physical map a map that shows landforms and bodies of water
relief map a physical map that uses shading to indicate physical features
locator a small map that shows where the subject of a main map can be found.
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