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Fundamental Themes of Geography


geographythe study of the Earth.
geographera person who studies geography.
environmentthe surroundings in which a person, plant, or animal lives.
regionan area with common features that set it apart from other areas.
oceana very large body of water.
continenta very large body of land.
hemispherehalf of a sphere.
equatoran imaginary line that lies half way between the North Pole and the South Pole.
cardinal directionsthe 4 main directions: North, South, East, and West.
intermediate directionslie half way between the cardinal directions.
compass rosea small drawing on a map that shows direction.
symbola picture on a map that gives information.
map keytells what each symbol on a map means.
scalerelationship between the distances shown on a map.

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