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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Language of Maps

Level: Intermediate B1

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Do you know how to read a map?
Do you know the vocabulary of maps?

Here is a good article which summarises the main vocabulary associated with maps.
Read the article and then answer the following questions

1) What is at 66 33 south?
2) What are the cardinal directions?
3) What do we call the lines parallel to the equator?
4) Which Tropic is further north, Cancer or Capricorn?
5) What is the name of the projection used by the National Geographic Society?

Answers below!


1) The Antarctic Circle
2) North, south, east and west
3) The Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
4) The Tropic of Cancer
5) Winkel Tripel

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