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Map Skills - Geography Terms

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cardinal directions
north, south, east, and west
compass rose
set of pointers that show directions on a map or globe
continent
one of the seven main land areas on Earth
equator
a line of latitude that is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole / imaginary line at zero degrees latitude that divides the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres
globe
model of the earth that is shaped like a ball
hemisphere
half of the earth. There are 4 Northern, Southern, Western & Eastern
intermediate directions
found half-way between pairs of cardinal directions. NW, NE, SW & SE
latitude
imaginary lines on a map that run east to west
map
a picture that shows the location of something / special drawing of a place as seen from directly above
meridian
line of longitude
ocean
a large body of salt water / five of the largest bodies of water on earth. The Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian & Southern Ocean
Prime Meridian
a line of longitude that passes through Greenwich, England / imaginary line at zero degrees longitude that divides the earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres
scale
distance on a map
longitude
imaginary lines on a map that run north to south
symbols
pictures that stand for things on a map
map key
part of a map that tells what the symbols stand for