4th Grade Geography Review - Vocabulary

  1. geography
    The study of Earth and the way people, plants, and animals live on and use it.

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  2. source
    The place where a river begins.

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  3. tributary
    Any river that flows into larger river.

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  4. plateau
    A large area that rises steeply above the surrounding land.

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  5. landform
    Any of the shapes that make up Earth's surface.

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  6. mouth
    The place where a river empties into an ocean, a lake, or a larger river.

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  7. border
    A border is a line that people agree on that divides one place from another.

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  8. mountain
    An example of an landform that is elevated high above the ground that surrounds it.

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  9. What is a map key?
    A map key is a table that explains the various symbols used on that particular map. Another term for the map key is the map legend.

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  10. What are cardinal directions?
    • The four cardinal directions or cardinal points are the directions of north, east, south, and west, commonly denoted by their initials: N, E, S, W. East and west are at right angles to north and south, with east being in the clockwise directionof rotation from north and west being directly opposite east.
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  11. What are intermediate directions?
    North, south, east, and west are the only true directions. The directions on the compass that are halfway between these cardinal points are called northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest. These in-between points are called intermediate directions.

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  12. What is a map scale?
    A map scale helps you determine distance on a map.  For example, it can tell you that one inch equals a mile.

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  13. What is a compass rose?
    A compass rose is a tool that shows directions on a map.

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4th Grade Geography Review - Vocabulary
Geography vocabulary words