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6th Grade Geography Vocabulary

Understanding basic vocabulary as it relates to geography
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cardinal directions
north, south, east, west
coordinates
numbers measured in degrees and minutes that pinpoint locations on earth using latitude and longitude
cylindrical
map projection based on a cylinder representation that is shown flat on a map
elevation
the height of particular locations on a map; measured "above sea level"
equator
the imaginary line that goes around the widest part of the earth in the center and is always closest to the sun
grid
intersection of longitude and latitude lines
hemisphere
half of the globe; either north and south OR east and west
human-environment interaction
geography theme that describes how and why people interact with their environment
intermediate directions
northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest
latitude
the imaginary east-west parallel lines on a globe which measure the globe north and south of the Equator
legend
key for a map that shows what symbols, colors, etc. stand for
location
geography theme that describes where something is
longitude
the imaginary north-south lines that measure distance east and west of the prime meridian
map projections
various ways the earth is represented in a 2-dimensional flat plain
movement
geography theme that describes how and why people and things move
physical map
shows land-forms such as mountains, rivers, seas
place
geography theme that describes the feature that makes the site unique
political map
shows major countries, cities, etc.
prime meridian
the imaginary line that runs through Greenwich, England and represents zero degrees longitude
regions
geography theme that describes areas that share common characteristics
scale
key on a map that shows true distances by comparing to a relative size/distance on a map
conic
map projection based on a cone placed over the globe