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6th Grade Geography

5 Themes and Map Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Compass Rose a symbol on a map which indicates the cardinal directions
Cardinal Directions North, East, South, and West (Never eat sad worms)
Intermediate Directions Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest
Scale tells the user about the size of the map relation to the size of the real world
Symbols pictures that represent something
Key or Legend an area on the map that shows us what each symbol represents
Latitude Lines Run east to west but they measure distance on Earth in a north to south direction
Longitude Lines Run from north to south but they measure distance on Earth in an east-to-west direction.
Equator Zero degree line of latitude that separates the Northern hemisphere from the Southern hemisphere
Prime Meridian Starting point for measuring longitude and separates Eastern and Western hemispheres
Grid Intersecting lines of latitude and longitude that cover the globe
Mercator Projection one of the simplest projections and one of the more distorted
Cartographer map makers
Robinson Project a map projection of a world map which shows the entire world at once.
Relief The height of a landform compared to other nearby landforms
Physical Map Depict many kinds of physical features, including Mountains, lakes, and rivers|
Political Map Maps show political features. These are not natural or physical features, but rather features determined by people (these include state boundaries and capital cities.)
Special Purpose Map Shows very specific data such as climate, natural resources, and population density
What are the 5 themes of geography? Location, Place, Human/Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions
Define LOCATION Where something is found on the Earth
Define PLACE Physical or human features
Define HUMAN/ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS Physical characteristics of a place affect how people live and people affect the environment, too (ie - blast tunnels through mountains to build roadways, etc)
Define MOVEMENT Geographers look at how people, products, ideas and information move from one place to another.
Define REGIONS Places that are close to one another and share some characteristics
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