Map Skills - Geography Terms

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cardinal directions

north, south, east, and west

compass rose

set of pointers that show directions on a map or globe

continent

one of the seven main land areas on Earth

equator

a line of latitude that is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole / imaginary line at zero degrees latitude that divides the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

globe

model of the earth that is shaped like a ball

hemisphere

half of the earth. There are 4 Northern, Southern, Western & Eastern

intermediate directions

found half-way between pairs of cardinal directions. NW, NE, SW & SE

latitude

imaginary lines on a map that run east to west

map

a picture that shows the location of something / special drawing of a place as seen from directly above

meridian

line of longitude

ocean

a large body of salt water / five of the largest bodies of water on earth. The Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian & Southern Ocean

Prime Meridian

a line of longitude that passes through Greenwich, England / imaginary line at zero degrees longitude that divides the earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres

scale

distance on a map

longitude

imaginary lines on a map that run north to south

symbols

pictures that stand for things on a map

map key

part of a map that tells what the symbols stand for

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