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Mapping science

The systemic study of the processes and designs involved with map making.

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Relating to the warmest region of the Temperate Zones that border on the Torrid Zone.


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The region above and beyond the Earth, as it is seen looking up from the ground. Sky looks blue during the day and dark at night.

South Pole

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The most southern point of the Earth. The South Pole is the southern end of the axis on which the Earth rotates.

prime meridian

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The line of longitude that passes through the town of Greenwich, England, and that measures 0 degree. It is the line from which other longitude lines are measured.


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A celestial body revolving around a sun in a nearly circular orbit. This definition excludes comets, which have highly elliptical orbits. However, it may also exclude some of the asteroids.

area of error

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A figure within which the true location of a point whose location has been determined by measurement is believed to lie, with stated degree of probability.

cone-angle banding

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In analytical photogrammetry, the separation of images into annular zones defined by specific bands contained within, usually, 5°of arc. Regions read then lie only in certain outer bands depending ...

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