Social Studies


Geography Vocabulary


Prime meridian an imaginary line drawn from the North to South poles at 0 degrees longitude

Latitude the distance north or south from the equator measured in degrees

Longitude the distance east and west of the Prime Meridian measured in degrees

Urban a densely populated area; city

Suburban area outside urban area; large town

Rural sparsely populated area; farm country

Hemisphere half of the earth; north and south or east and west

Equator an imaginary line drawn around the earth at 0 degrees latitude

Compass a symbol on a map that shows direction

Scale shows distance on a map

Legend map key; uses symbol to represent things on a map




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