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Geography Vocab

Geography Vocabulary words

Geographer A person who studies the Earth and its people.
Geography The study of Earth and its people; divided into Physical Geography and Human Geography.
Physical Geography The study of Earth's natural features.
Human Geography The study of people and how they interact with the environment.
Location The position of something or someone on the Earth's surface.
Place What you find at a location; every place has unique physical and human characteristics.
Interaction People's relationship with the environment, particularly how they use the environment and the impact they have on it.
Region A group of areas that share certain common characteristics.
Globe A miniature model of the planet Earth, usually showing landforms, waterways, and political boundaries.
Map A flat projection of some aspect of Earth's surface, such as landforms and waterways, political regions, economic regions, and so on.
Absolute Location Exactly where something is located on Earth.
Relative Location The location of a place compared to a known, familiar place.
Latitude Lines The imaginary lines on maps and globes running east and west; used to locate places.
Longitude Lines The imaginary lines on maps and globes running north and south; used to locate places.
Grid A pattern of lines running horizontally and vertically that cross each other at right angles.
Direction As used in this unit, the arrow pointing North on maps and globes.
Scale The size of an area on a map or globe compared with the actual size of that area on Earth.
Key/Legend That which explains the symbols on maps and globes.
Oceans One of Earth's four largest bodies of water.
Continents One of seven major land masses on Earth.
Landforms The shape land takes; types of landforms include plains, plateaus, hills, and mountains.
Atmosphere The layer of air covering Earth.
Climate The main kind of weather in an area.
Precipitation Water in the air that falls as rain, hail, or snow.
Natural Vegetation Region A region of Earth characterized by a particular kind of plant life.
System A working thing composed of two or more parts that work together and are interdependent; there are two types: open and closed.
Open System A system that cannot operate on its own; needs something to start it or keep it going.
Closed System A system that operates on its own; it does not need ouside help to start or to keep going.
Created by: Andy