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Maps 5th grade science

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Model
A representation of an object or process
Boundary
The limit or border of an area or region
Structure
Something built by people
Map
Drawing of an area, usually as though you were looking straight down at it. Shows features of the earth as seen from above.
Cartographer
Person who makes maps
Grid
Network of vertical and horizontal lines that form squares. Identifies position of features
Symbol
A color, shape, or texture, used to represent something else on a map. Such as a building, road, or landform. Symbols are found in the key.
Key
An explanation of symbols used on a map
Drainage Basin
A system of rivers and streams that drains an area like the Colorado Plateau
Erosion
Wears away earth materials by water, wind, or ice
Land Form
A shape or feature of the earth surface like a delta or canyon.
Canyon
A V-shaped valley eroded by a river or stream.
Delta
A fan shaped (triangular) deposit of earth materials at a mouth of a stream.
Plateau
A large, nearly level area that has been lifted above the surrounded area.
Deposition
The process by which earth materials settle out in another place.
Sediments
Eroded earth materials that have been deposited
Basin
A low area in which sediments are often deposited
Channel
The course or path water takes in a stream or river
Meander
A curve or loop in a channel
More on Erosion
-Earth materials eroded by rivers are deposited as sediments
-Heavier earth materials like sand are deposited before lighter earth materials like clay
-Water in a river follows the lowest channel
-The Colorado river may have eroded the earth materials that make up the Colorado plateau