Geography Vocabulary

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Geography
study of Earth's land, people, and
places
Equator
an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles
Prime Meridian
the imaginary line that runs from North Pole to South Pole through Greenwich, England
0 degrees longitude - passes through Greenwich, England
Continent
a large area of land
Compass Rose
A tool on a map showing cardinal (N,E,S,W) and intermediate (NE,SE,NW,SW) directions.
Latitude
horizontal imaginary lines on a map
Longitude
vertical imaginary lines on a map
Destination
The place to which one or something is going or directed.
Horizontal
parallel to the plane of the horizon
Vertical
Line running straight up and down; upright.
Peninsula
A piece of land that is surrounded by water on three sides.
Scale
Specify a part of original size to enlarge or reduce the size of an object.
Oceans
are the largest bodies of salt water between the continents; there are 4 oceans
Physical Map
A map that shows mountains, hills, plains, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.
Political Map
A map that shows boundaries, capitals, & other main cities
Hemisphere
Hemi means "half"
Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere
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