1. Location: Position on Earth’s Surface

Geography Theme: Location

  1. Relative Location
  2. Absolute Location

Cardinal Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Relative Location:
Directions like north, south, east, and west help describe where one place is in relation to another. … Even absolute location is a form of relative location! Coordinates simply give a place’s position relative to the Equator (latitude) and prime meridian (longitude).

Absolute Location: 
A place’s absolute location is its exact place on Earth, often given in terms of latitude and longitude. For example, the Empire State Building is located at 40.7 degrees north (longitude), 74 degrees west (latitude).


2-D Maps with Coordinates (USA & World) PDF

Reading Maps and Globes PDF NewsELA

• NASA Outline Maps

  • USA, page 21
  • World Map, page 22
  • Western Hemisphere, page 12
  • Eastern Hemisphere, page 4

 



Vocabulary:

  • prime meridian
  • equator
  • hemisphere (half of a sphere)
  • quadrant
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • geographic coordinate system: degree, minute, second
  • coordinates

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pin and label the following absolute locations on your Google Map

List of National Parks

Alaska

63.11 N, 151.19 W

67.91 N, 153.46 W

58.67 N, 136.90 W

58.60 N, 154.69 W

60.04 N, 149.82 W

67.34 N, 159.12 W

60.41 N, 154.32 W

62.02 N, 145.36 W

American Samoa

14.26 S, 170.68 W

Arizona

36.11 N, 112.11 W

34.91 N, 109.81 W

32.30 N, 111.17 W

36.86 N, 112.74 W

Arkansas

34.52 N, 93.04 W

California

36.51 N, 117.08 W

36.89 N, 118.56 W

40.50 N, 121.42 W

41.21 N, 124.00 W

33.87 N, 115.90 W

36.49 N, 118.57 W

34.00 N, 119.77 W

37.74 N, 119.56 W

41.76 N, 121.53 W

37.63 N, 119.08 W

36.63 N, 121.69 W

35.19 N, 119.86 W

35.22 N, 118.56 W

Colorado

37.23 N, 108.46 W

38.58 N, 107.74 W

40.34 N, 105.68 W

37.79 N, 105.59 W

40.24 N, 108.97 W

Florida

24.63 N, 82.87 W

25.48 N, 80.21 W

25.29 N, 80.90 W

Hawaii 

20.72 N, 156.16 W

19.42 N, 155.29 W

Idaho

44.43 N, 110.59 W

43.21 N, 113.50 W

Kentucky 

37.19 N, 86.10 W

Maine

44.34 N, 68.27 W

Michigan

48.00 N, 88.91 W

Minnesota

48.43 N, 92.85 W

Montana 

48.76 N, 113.79 W

44.43 N, 110.59 W

47.80 N, 109.05 W

45.57 N, 107.43 W

Nevada

38.98 N, 114.30 W

36.34 N, 115.28 W

New Mexico 

32.15 N, 104.56 W

North Carolina 

35.61 N, 83.49 W

North Dakota

46.98 N, 103.54 W

Ohio

41.28 N, 81.57 W

Oregon

42.87 N, 122.17 W

44.54 N, 119.63 W

42.06 N, 122.45 W

42.10 N, 123.40 W

46.67 N, 119.66 W

South Carolina

33.79 N, 80.77 W

South Dakota

43.86 N, 102.34 W

43.60 N, 103.42 W

Tennessee

35.65 N, 83.51 W

Texas

31.95 N, 104.87 W

29.13 N, 103.24 W

U.S. Virgin Islands

18.34 N, 64.75 W

Utah

37.59 N, 112.19 W

38.62 N, 109.62 W

38.37 N, 111.26 W

37.30 N, 113.03 W

38.33 N, 109.88 W

37.64 N, 112.85 W

37.40 N, 111.68 W

Virginia

38.90 N, 78.19 W

Washington

48.77 N, 121.30 W

47.80 N, 123.60 W

46.88 N, 121.73 W

46.24 N, 122.20 W

46.67 N, 119.66 W

Wyoming

44.43 N, 110.59 W

43.79 N, 110.68 W

41.86 N, 110.77 W