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Map Skills Vocabulary

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Map Skills Vocabulary

By

Mrs. Henson

- A scale model of the Earth.

- Patterns of imaginary lines that circle the globe in east-west and north-south directions.

- The distance north or south of Earth’s equator.

- Lines of latitude

- Imaginary line that circles the globe halfway between the North and South Poles.

- Used to measure distance from the equator

- Degrees can be divided further
- One degree equals 60 minutes

- Measures distance east and west of the prime meridian

- Lines of Longitude

- Imaginary line that divides the Earth into western and eastern hemispheres.

- Divides the earth in half

- Earth’s land surface is divided into seven large landmasses.

- Land completely surrounded by water.

- Understanding Map Projections

- Flat diagram of the Earth’s surface.

- Ways of showing the round earth on a flat surface.

- How to Read a Map

- Shows the subject of the map

- Used to show directions on a map

- Used to measure distance on a map

- The scale helps you measure the distance between two places. When you know the distance you can calculate how long the trip will take.

- Explains what the symbols on the map represent
- Or Key

- Maps often have symbols to represent such features as highways, small roads, campgrounds, and rest areas. These symbols are listed in the legend.

- Shows where in the world the area on the map is located