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Grade 5 Maps

Vocabulary for learning map terms

Imaginary line on which the Earth rotates? axis
Imaginary line at 0* latitude. equator
Half of the Earth hemisphere
Imaginary lines that run parallel to the equator. lines of latitude
Imaginary lines that run between the North and South Poles. lines of longitude
The point on Earth where lines of longitude meet in the northern hemisphere. North Pole
The point on Earth where lines of longitude meet in the southern hemisphere. South Pole
Lines that never cross or meet. parallel
Imaginary line that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole at 0* longitude. prime meridian
Large landmass on Earth. continent
Great body of salt water that covers almost three-fourths of Earth's surface. ocean
Directions of north, south, east, and west. cardinal directions
A directional arrow that shows cardinal and/or intermediate directions. compass rose
A small map set within the border of a larger map. inset map
Directions of northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. intermediate directions
Border between countries. international border
A list that explains the symbols on a map. legend
A map that shows human-made features such as borders, states, or countries. political map
Created by: jnemeth