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Map Skills Vocabulary
Major vocabulary terms you need to know about maps.
indicates the subject of the map and the information it contains
shows you north (N), south (S), east (E), and west (W). Sometimes it will only show you north.
compares a unit of length on the map and a unit of distance on Earth
words or phrases that name features on the map
legend or key
lists and explains the symbols and colors used on the map
show a variety of information on the map- the legend tells you what the colors mean
imaginary lines that show distances north or south of the equator
also called lines of latitude are imaginary lines that show distances north or south of the equator
a latitude line that circles Earth half way between the north pole and the south pole
a longitude line that runs from the north pole to the south pole through Greenwich, England. It marks 0 degrees longitude
shows features that humans have created on Earth's surface(cities, states, provinces, territories, and countries)
helps you see the landforms and bodies of water in specific areas
focuses on specific ideas such as climate, types of vegetation, natural resources, population densities and economic activities
latitude line at about 66 degrees N
Tropic of Cancer
latitude line at about 23 degrees N
Tropic of Capricorn
latitude line at about 23 degrees S
may stand for capital cities, economic activities, or natural resources
latitude line at about 66 degrees S
another name for longitude lines
another name for latitude lines
International Date Line
a longitude line at 180degrees, where the date changes when you cross it
unit of measurement on a map
half the Earth north of the Equator
half the Earth south of the Equator
half the Earth west of the Prime Meridian
half the Earth east of the Prime Meridian.
lines of longitude
imaginary lines that show distances east or west of the Prime Meridian