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Social Studies

Geography Unit

Geography The study of human and nonhuman features of earth.
Absolute Location The exact spot on Earth where something is found.
Relative Location The general area a place is located.
Place Location on Earth that has specific features and characteristics.
Physical Map Shows landforms and bodies of water.
Political Map Shows features that have been created by humans (states, cities, etc.)
Thematic Map Focuses on specific idea (theme). Ex: climate, natural resources, etc.)
Scale compares a unit of length on a map and a unit of distance on Earth.
Legend or Key Explains symbols or colors used on a map.
Absolute Location Exact spot on Earth where a place can be found.
Relative Location The location of one place in relation to another.
Place Physical features such as climate, land forms, bodies of water, plant & animal life.
Region Places with common features such as language, climate, land form, etc.
Movement Migration-helps spread customs and ideas.
Latitude Imaginary lines on Earth that run west to east and measure north and south of the equator.
Equator line of latitude at 0 degrees
Longitude Imaginary lines on Earth that run North to South and measure East and West of the Prime Meridian.
Prime Meridian Line of longitude at 0 degrees.
Culture The beliefs, customs, laws, art, and ways of living that people share.
Created by: ruthburks
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