Unit 1: Geography

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Absolute Location
Exact point where a place is located on Earth
distortion
A change in the shape, size, or position of a place when it's shown on a map
map projection
A way of showing Earth on a flat surface.
relative location
Where a place is located in relation to another place.
latitude
the distance east and west of the equator
longitude
the distance in degrees north and south of the prime meridian
cardinal directions
North, South, East, West
compass rose
a diagram of a compass showing direction
intermediate directions
The in between directions (northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest).
map key
explains the lines, symbols, and colors used on a map. Can be known as a MAP LEGEND, too.
prime meridian
planet's line of zero degrees longitude
equator
a line halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole, at 0 degrees latitude.
cartographer
person who makes maps
geologist
a scientist who studies the earth

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