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A part or section of a country or the world that has geographic, political, or cultural characteristics that distinguish it from others
region
imaginary center line, around which the Earth rotates
axis
imaginary line that runs around the center of the Earth; located at 0° latitude
equator
imaginary line that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole at 0° longitude
prime meridian
one thing that stands for something else
symbol
a broad area of level or rolling treeless country
plain
a piece of land surrounded by water or sticking out into the water
peninsula
imaginary lines that run east and west on a globe; also called lines of latitude
parallels
an elevation higher than a hill
mountain
dry land with few plants and little rainfall
desert
imaginary lines that run north and south on a globe; also called lines of longitude
meridians
one half of a sphere, especially of the Earth
hemisphere
A measure of relative position north or south on the Earth's equator, which has a latitude of 0°, measured in degrees,
latitude
a broad flat area of high land
plateau
A measure of relative position east or west on the Earth's surface, given in degrees from a certain meridian, usually the prime meridian at Greenwich, England, which has a longitude of 0°.
longitude
a symbol that shows directions on a map. The directions may be north, south, east, and west, and sometimes northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest.
compass rose
lists the symbols used on a map and tells what each symbol means
key or legend
a narrow piece of land joining two larger bodies of land
isthmus
a graphic that compares distance on a map to the distance it represents, for example, 1 inch = 100 miles
scale
a smaller map set within the border of a larger one
inset map
desert, symbol, plateau, plain, peninsula, mountain, isthmus, inset map, scale, key or legend, compass rose, longitude, latitude, hemisphere, meridians, parallels, prime meridian, equator, axis, region
Geography Terms