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Understanding Maps

Geography’s Five Themes & Understanding Maps 6th Grade Vocabulary

Place: refers to the mix of human and nonhuman features at a given location.
locator map: shows a larger area than the main map.
region: an area with at least one unifying physical or human feature such as climate, landforms, population, or history.
Key: explains symbols and shading on the map.
scale bar: shows how much space on the map represents a given distance on the land.
compass rose: diagram of a compass showing directions.
movement: explores how people, goods, and ideas get from one place to another.
human environment movement: how people affect their environment, or their natural surroundings, and how their environment affects them.
historical map: a special-purpose map that provides information about a place at a certain time in history.
relative location: the location of a place relative to another place, is another way to describe location.
absolute location: describes a place’s exact position on Earth in terms of longitude and latitude, imaginary lines drawn around Earth to help geographers describe places.
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