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Part I Volume I, English

Special Publication No. 32






Part I Volume I, English

Special Publication No. 32



The preparation of the Fifth Edition of the Hydrographic Dictionary was undertaken by a Working Group established in accordance with the Bureau's Circular Letter CL 45/1984 of 13 December 1984. The Working Group was comprised of staff members of the Hydrographic Offices of Argentina, Croatia (associate member), France, and the United States of America (NOS). It carried out its work under the chairmanship of Captain H.-P. Rohde, IHB. The Hydrographic Dictionary is published in two parts. Part I contains terms and definitions in the two official IHO languages and is published in separate volumes for each language. The definitions are intended to give concise explanations of terms, without necessarily considering specific applications or interpretations as, for example, for legal matters. Definitions of terms in Part I which were taken from publications of other authorities, are given without quoting these authorities. Other IHO publications containing glossaries were consulted to ensure consistency. Part II will consist of separate supplements that provide a translation of the terms into various languages other than the official IHO languages. In each supplement, the terms will be listed alphabetically in English, with their equivalent in the other language, but without a translation of the definition. Each supplement will also contain an alphabetical listing of the terms in the other language, giving the relevant index number of the term in the English volume of Part I. The English text in Volume I of this Dictionary has been modified to ensure maximum agreement with the French text and also to take into account certain more recent sources which have become available since the date of the Fourth Edition. Valuable advice has been received from the Hydrographic Offices of a number of Member States and from other users of the Hydrographic Dictionary which sent the Bureau lists of proposed amendments to the 1990, Fourth Edition. __________


Terms and expressions are listed alphabetically in English, according to standard dictionary practice, and assigned index numbers to be used as reference for the translation of terms from one language to another. The definitions are given in English, one of the two official languages of the IHO. The work is cross-referenced in the following manner: a) Most of the terms and expressions appearing in the definitions when defined under another heading are printed in capital letters. Terms or expressions consisting of several words may be listed under a heading with a different word order. In some cases reference is only made to the generic term. b) Attention is drawn to related terms by the words 'see', or 'see also' followed by the term (in capital letters). c) When synonyms exist, they are usually given at the end of a definition and printed in italics.

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1 2 abeam. In a line approximately at right angles to the ship's keel; also: the waist or middle part of the ship. aberration of light. In ASTRONOMY, the apparent displacement in position of a HEAVENLY BODY caused by the combination of the VELOCITY of light and that of an observer on the surface of the EARTH. Aberration of light due to the ROTATION of the EARTH on its AXIS is termed diurnal aberration. That due to the REVOLUTION of the EARTH around the SUN is termed annual aberration. In optics, failure of an OPTICAL SYSTEM to bring all LIGHT RAYS received from a point object to a single IMAGE POINT or to a prescribed geometric position. Spherical aberration is caused by RAYS from various zones of a LENS or MIRROR coming to FOCUS at different distances from the LENS or MIRROR. Chromatic aberration (or chromatism) is due to the differences in REFRACTION of the coloured RAYS of the SPECTRUM; those of each colour having a different FOCUS. abrasion. The wearing away or rounding of surfaces by friction. abscissa. See COORDINATES: PLANE RECTANGULAR. absolute accuracy. See ACCURACY: ABSOLUTE. absolute error. See ERROR. absolute orientation. See ORIENTATION. absolute stereoscopic parallax. See PARALLAX. absorption: atmospheric. Transformation of RADIANT ENERGY into thermal, mechanical, electrical, etc. energy, by interaction with atmospheric constituents. abyssal(adj.). Belonging to the lowest DEPTHS of the OCEAN, generally below 3,700 METRES (2,000 FATHOMS). abyssal gap. A gap in a sill, ridge, or rise that lies between two abyssal plains. abyssal hills. A tract of small elevations on the deep-sea floor. abyssal plain. An extensive, flat, gently sloping or nearly level region at abyssal depths. acceleration. The rate of change of VELOCITY. acceleration: angular. The rate of change of ANGULAR VELOCITY. acceleration of gravity. The ACCELERATION of a freely falling body caused by the force of GRAVITY. accidental error. See ERROR. acclivity. An upward SLOPE of GROUND; as opposed to DECLIVITY. accommodation. The faculty of the human eye to adjust itself to give sharp IMAGES for different object distances. In STEREOSCOPY, the ability of the eyes to bring two IMAGES into superimposition for stereoscopic viewing. accretion. The gradual building up of LAND over a long period of time, solely by the action of the forces of nature, on a BEACH by deposition of water or air-borne material. Artificial accretion is a similar build-up of LAND by reason of an act of man. Also called aggradation. accuracy. The extent to which a measured or enumerated value agrees with the assumed or accepted value. See PRECISION. accuracy: absolute. The evaluation of all errors encountered in defining the position of a single feature or point on a GEODETIC DATUM or system. accuracy: relative. The evaluation of the RANDOM ERRORS in determining the positional orientation of one point or feature with respect to another. accuracy: repeatable. See REPEATABLE ACCURACY.

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achromat. See ACHROMATIC LENS. achromatic lens. A compound LENS that has been partly corrected for chromatic aberration. Such a LENS is customarily made to bring green and red LIGHT RAYS to approximately the same point focus. Also called achromat. See ABERRATION OF LIGHT. aclinic line. See EQUATOR: MAGNETIC. acoustic. Science of sound, including its production, transmission and effects. acoustic bearing. See BEARING: SONIC. acoustic line of position. See SONIC LINE OF POSITION. acoustic navigation. See NAVIGATION: SONIC. acoustic sounding. See ECHO SOUNDING. acoustic wave. See WAVE: SOUND. active satellite. 1. An artificial satellite which transmits an electromagnetic signal. A satellite with the capability to transmit, repeat, or retransmit electromagnetic information as contrasted with passive satellite. 2. As defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an earth satellite carrying a station intended to transmit or retransmit radiocommunication signals. active system. Any electromagnetic or sonic position fixing system operating with an interrogation-response procedure. See also PASSIVE SYSTEM. active tracking system. A satellite system which operates by transmission of signals to and receipt of responses from the satellite. adiabatic process. A thermodynamic change of state of a system in which there is no transfer of heat or mass across the BOUNDARIES of the system. In an adiabatic process, compression always results in warming, expansion in cooling. adiabatic temperature change. RISE or fall of temperature due to compression or expansion without gain or loss of heat to the surroundings. adjacent coasts. The coasts lying either side of the land boundary between two adjoining States. adjusted position. See POSITION. adjustment. The determination and application of CORRECTIONS to OBSERVATIONS or MEASUREMENTS, for the purpose of reducing ERRORS or removing internal inconsistencies in observed results. Adjustment may either refer to mathematical procedures or to CORRECTIONS applied to instruments. aerial. See ANTENNA. aerial camera. See CAMERA. aerial navigation. See NAVIGATION: AIR. aerial photogrammetry. See PHOTOGRAMMETRY. aerial photograph. See PHOTOGRAPHY. aerial photography. See PHOTOGRAPHY. aerial survey. See SURVEY. aerial triangulation. See PHOTOTRIANGULATION. aerology. Study of the FREE ATMOSPHERE. aeromarine light. See LIGHT.

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aeronautical beacon. See BEACON. aeronautical chart. See CHART. aeronautical ground light. See LIGHT. aeronomy. Term proposed for the study of the chemistry and physics of the high ATMOSPHERE. aerotriangulation. See PHOTOTRIANGULATION. affluent. A STREAM flowing into a larger STREAM or LAKE; a TRIBUTARY. afloat. Floating, as opposed to being AGROUND. age of diurnal inequality. The time interval between the maximum semi-monthly north or south declination of the moon and the maximum effect of the declination upon the range of tide or the speed of the tidal current, this effect being manifested chiefly by an increase in the height or speed difference between the two high (low) waters or flood (ebb) currents during the day. The tides occurring at this time are called TROPIC TIDES. Also called diurnal age. age of parallax inequality. The time interval between perigee of the moon and the maximum effect of parallax upon the RANGE OF TIDE or the speed of the TIDAL CURRENT. age of phase inequality. The time interval between new or full moon and the maximum effect of these phases upon the range of tide or the speed of the tidal current. age of the moon. The elapsed time since the last new moon; usually expressed in DAYS and fractions of a DAY. See PHASES OF THE MOON. age of tide. See AGE OF PHASE INEQUALITY. agger. See TIDE: DOUBLE. aggradation. See ACCRETION. agonic line. The line through all points on the EARTH's surface at which the MAGNETIC VARIATION is zero. aground(adj. and adv.). Touching, resting or lodged on the BOTTOM of shallow water. The opposite is AFLOAT. ahead. Bearing approximately 000 relative. The term is often used loosely for dead ahead or bearing exactly 000 relative. The opposite is ASTERN. aid to navigation. BUOYS, BEACONS, FOG SIGNALS, LIGHTS, RADIO BEACONS, LEADING MARKS, radio position fixing systems, and generally any charted or otherwise published device serving the interests of safe NAVIGATION. See NAVIGATIONAL AID. aiming line. See COLLIMATION: LINE OF. air almanac. See under ALMANAC. air base. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the line joining two AIR STATIONS, or the length of this line; also, the distance (at the SCALE of the STEREOSCOPIC MODEL) between adjacent PERSPECTIVE CENTRES as reconstructed in the plotting instrument. See also PHOTO BASE. air camera. A CAMERA specially designed for use in flying craft. air mass. Ensemble of air particles whose PATHS and physical properties exhibit, in the horizontal, only small and continuous differences. The mass may extend over an area of several million square miles and over a depth of several kilometres. air navigation. See NAVIGATION. air photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH: AERIAL. air photography. See PHOTOGRAPHY: AERIAL.




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air sextant. See SEXTANT. air speed. The SPEED of an aircraft relative to the surrounding ATMOSPHERE. As opposed to GROUND SPEED. air station. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the point in space occupied by the camera lens at the moment of EXPOSURE. Also called exposure station or camera station. albedo. The ratio of radiant energy reflected to that received by a surface, usually expressed as a percentage. alga. A plant of simple structure which grows chiefly in water, such as the various forms of seaweed. aliasing. An occurence in tidal analysis when the sea level varies with a period that is less than the sampling period. Due to the varying position of the samples on the curve, a spurious tidal frequency appears in the analysis. It is usually only possible when there is a seiche at the observation site or observations are taken at intervals greater than one hour. alidade. Pivoted sight bar that moves over a graduated arc. The upper part of a THEODOLITE. The alidade used in topographic SURVEYING consists of a straight-edge ruler carrying a TELESCOPE or other sighting device and used in recording a DIRECTION on the plane table sheet. The term is also used to describe a BEARING CIRCLE fitted with a TELESCOPE to facilitate OBSERVATION of BEARINGS. If a TELESCOPE is used, the instrument is often termed a telescopic alidade. alignment. The placing of objects along a straight line. In NAVIGATION, the bringing into line of two or more conspicuous objects, such as LIGHTS, BEACONS, etc. Also their BEARING as seen by an observer from seaward. alignment correction(tape). See TAPE: ALIGNMENT CORRECTION. alignment of base. The laying out of a BASE LINE in correct ALIGNMENT by means of a THEODOLITE and range poles, before the length of the line is measured. alkalinity. The number of milliequivalents of hydrogen ions that are neutralized by 1 KILOGRAM of SEA WATER at 20 C when a large excess of acid is added. almanac. A periodical publication of astronomical data useful to a navigator. It contains less information than an ephemeris, and values are generally given to less precision. If information is given in a form and to a precision suitable for air navigation, it is called an air almanac. almanac: air. A periodical publication containing various computed astronomical DATA primarily intended for use in AIR NAVIGATION. See also EPHEMERIS. almanac: nautical. An annual publication containing various computed astronomical DATA primarily intended for use in MARINE NAVIGATION. See also EPHEMERIS. almucantar. Any SMALL CIRCLE on the CELESTIAL SPHERE parallel to the HORIZON. Also called parallel of altitude. alphanumeric. Contraction of alphabetic-numeric. Characters including letters of the alphabet and numbers. alt-azimuth instrument. An instrument equipped with both horizontal and vertical graduated CIRCLEs, for the OBSERVATION of horizontal and vertical DIRECTIONS or angles. altimeter. An instrument that indicates directly the HEIGHT above a reference surface. altimeter: barometric. A sensitive ANEROID BAROMETER calibrated to read the HEIGHT above a pressure datum according to the standard atmospheric pressure-to-height relationship. altimeter: pulse radio. See ALTIMETER: RADIO. altimeter: radar. See ALTIMETER: RADIO. altimeter: radio. Any instrument used for determining an aircraft's flight altitude by the measurement of time intervals between the emission and return of electromagnetic PULSES. Also called pulse radio altimeter or radar altimeter. See ALTITUDE: FLIGHT.

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101 altitude. The vertical distance of a LEVEL, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from a given datum, usually MEAN SEA LEVEL. See also ELEVATION. In ASTRONOMY, the vertical angle between the plane of the HORIZON and the line to a CELESTIAL BODY. See also ANGLE OF DEPRESSION and ANGLE OF ELEVATION. 102 altitude: apparent. The SEXTANT ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY corrected for INDEX ERROR, DIP (HEIGHT of EYE), and (for SUN or MOON only) SEMIDIAMETER. Also called rectified altitude. 103 altitude: ex-meridian. An ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY near the CELESTIAL MERIDIAN of the observer, to which a CORRECTION is to be applied to determine the MERIDIAN ALTITUDE. Also called circummeridian altitude. 104 altitude: flight. The vertical distance above a given DATUM, usually MEAN SEA LEVEL, or an aircraft in flight. 105 altitude: meridian. The ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY when it is on the CELESTIAL MERIDIAN of the observer. 106 altitude: observed. The SEXTANT ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY after all corrections (see ALTITUDE: APPARENT) have been applied. In American terminology the term is usually employed in the place of TRUE ALTITUDE. 107 altitude: rectified. See ALTITUDE: APPARENT. 108 altitude: sextant. The ALTITUDE as indicated by a SEXTANT before CORRECTIONS are applied. 109 altitude: true. The APPARENT ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY after all corrections have been applied. In American terminology usually referred to as OBSERVED ALTITUDE. 110 altitude difference. See INTERCEPT. 111 altocumulus. See CLOUD GENERA. 112 altostratus. See CLOUD GENERA. 113 aluminium sheet. An aluminium-mounted paper sheet occasionally used for BOAT-SHEETS, SMOOTH SHEETS, or plane table boards. 114 ambient noise. The erratic electromagnetic or sonic background noise emitted by natural or artificial sources contaminating the proper signal. 115 ambiguity. Uncertainty of value or meaning because of the possibility of two or more interpretations. The condition when navigational COORDINATES define more than one POSITION, DIRECTION, LINE OF POSITION, or SURFACE OF POSITION. 116 Amici prism. A prism which deviates the RAYS of light through 90and because of its shape inverts the IMAGE. See ROOF PRISM. 117 amidships. At, near, or toward the middle of a ship. 118 ampere. The unit of density of electric current in the SI SYSTEM. 119 amphidromic point. A no-tide point, from which COTIDAL LINES radiate. 120 amplitude. In ASTRONOMY, the arc of the HORIZON, between a CELESTIAL BODY at rising or setting and true east or west point. In tide terminology, the semi-range of the HARMONIC CONSTITUENT. In physics, the maximum departure of a WAVE or other periodic PHENOMENON from the average or zero position. 121 amplitude modulation. See MODULATION. 122 anaglyph. A STEREOGRAM in which the two views are printed or projected superimposed in complementary colours, usually red and green. By viewing through filter spectacles of corresponding complementary colours a STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE is formed. 123 anaglyphic map. See under MAP.


124 analemma. A SCALE of the SUN's daily DECLINATION drawn from TROPIC OF CANCER to TROPIC OF CAPRICORN on TERRESTRIAL GLOBES. An ORTHOGRAPHICAL PROJECTION of the sphere made on the plane of the MERIDIAN, the eye being supposed to be an infinite distance and in the east or west point of the HORIZON. 125 anallatic lens. A convergent LENS fitted between the OBJECTIVE LENS and the DIAPHRAGM of TELESCOPES of instruments for direct measurements of distances between the OPTICAL CENTRE of the instrument and a graduated staff called STADIA. 126 analogue. The way of representing information by continuous data. 127 analogue computer. See under COMPUTER. 128 analytical (or analytic) photogrammetry. See under PHOTOGRAMMETRY. 129 anastigmatic(adj.). Free from ASTIGMATISM. Corrected for ASTIGMATISM. 130 anchorage. An area in which vessels anchor or may anchor. 131 anchorage buoy(s). BUOY(S) marking the limits of an ANCHORAGE. 132 anchor buoy. A BUOY marking the position of an anchor. 133 anchor ice. ICE which is attached to the BOTTOM, irrespective of the nature of its formation. Also called bottom ice, depth ice, ground ice, lappened ice and underwater ice. 134 anemometer. Instrument used in the measurement of wind speed or of wind speed and direction. See also ANEMOGRAPH. 135 anemogram. Record of the ANEMOGRAPH. 136 anemograph. An instrument which records WIND speed and direction. See also ANEMOMETER. 137 aneroid barometer. See BAROMETER. 138 aneroid capsule. Metallic capsule, of thin sides, partially evacuated by a fixed amount, carrying an arrangement to prevent its collapsing under ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE, and whose shape changes in accordance with changes of this pressure. 139 angle: check. See CHECK ANGLE. 140 angle: concluded. In a TRIANGULATION, the third angle of a triangle, not measured, but computed from the other two angles. 141 angle: conversion. See ARC TO CHORD CORRECTION. 142 angle: crossing. The angle at which two LINES OF POSITION intersect. Also called angle of cut. 143 angle: danger. See DANGER ANGLE. 144 angle: drift. See DRIFT ANGLE. 145 angle: hour. See HOUR ANGLE. 146 angle: masthead. See MASTHEAD ANGLE. 147 angle: parallactic. See PARALLACTIC ANGLE. 148 angle: phase. See PHASE ANGLE. 149 angle: slope. See SLOPE ANGLE. 150 angle: vectorial. See COORDINATES: PLANE POLAR and COORDINATES: POLAR. 151 angle of convergence. See PARALLACTIC ANGLE.


152 angle of cut. See ANGLE: CROSSING. 153 angle of depression. The angle in the VERTICAL PLANE between the horizontal and the line to an object below the HORIZON. Also called negative altitude. 154 angle of elevation. The angle in the VERTICAL PLANE between the horizontal and the line to an object above the HORIZON. Also called positive altitude. 155 angle of incidence. The angle between the line of motion of a RAY and the perpendicular to a surface at the point of impingement. 156 angle of reflection. The angle between the line of motion of a reflected RAY and the perpendicular to a surface at the point of REFLECTION. 157 angle of refraction. The angle between a refracted RAY and the perpendicular to the refraction surface. 158 angstroem. A unit of length, used especially in expressing the length of light waves, equal to one ten-thousandth of a 8 MICRON or one hundred-millionth of a centimetre (1 x 10- cm). 159 angular acceleration. See ACCELERATION. 160 angular distance. The angular difference between two directions, numerically equal to the angle between two lines extending in the given directions. The arc of the GREAT CIRCLE joining two points, expressed in angular units. 161 angular distortion. See DISTORTION. 162 angular parallax. See PARALLACTIC ANGLE. 163 angular rate. See SPEED: ANGULAR. 164 angular speed. See SPEED. 165 angular velocity. See SPEED: ANGULAR. 166 annotation. Any marking on illustrative material for the purpose of clarification, such as numbers, letters, symbols, and signs. 167 annual aberration. See ABERRATION OF LIGHT. 168 annual change. See MAGNETIC ANNUAL CHANGE. 169 annual inequality. Seasonal variation in water level or tidal current speed, more or less periodic, due chiefly to meteorological causes. 170 annual parallax. See PARALLAX. 171 annual variation. See MAGNETIC ANNUAL VARIATION. 172 annular eclipse. See ECLIPSE. 173 anomalistic month. See MONTH. 174 anomalistic year. See YEAR. 175 anomaly. Deviation from the normal or natural characteristics of a PHENOMENON. Abnormality. In ASTRONOMY, true anomaly is the angle at the SUN between lines connecting the SUN with a PLANET and with the PLANET's PERIHELION. Mean anomaly and eccentric anomaly are also considered. 176 anomaly: gravity. See GRAVITY ANOMALY, BOUGUER ANOMALY, FREE AIR ANOMALY, ISOSTATIC ANOMALY. 177 anomaly: magnetic. See LOCAL MAGNETIC DISTURBANCE. 178 Antarctic circle. The GEOGRAPHIC PARALLEL having a south LATITUDE equal to the complement of the o DECLINATION of the WINTER SOLSTICE (lat. = 66 33' S app.).


179 antenna. A conductor or system of conductors for radiating or receiving RADIO WAVES. Also called aerial. 180 antenna: directional. An ANTENNA for transmitting or receiving SIGNALS in, or from, a given direction. 181 antenna: omnidirectional. An ANTENNA having essentially uniform response in AZIMUTH and a directional pattern in ELEVATION. 182 antenna: screened. Any ANTENNA which is screened in some way to counteract disturbances. 183 antenna: unidirectional. An ANTENNA having a single well-defined direction of maximum radiation intensity or maximum GAIN. 184 anthelion. Pure white, rounded spot, but sometimes iridescent or surrounded by coloured rings or arcs, which appears on very rare occasions opposite the SUN and at the same HEIGHT above the HORIZON. 185 anticline. An arch of stratified ROCK in which the LAYERS bend downward in opposite directions from the CREST. 186 anticyclone. Region of the ATMOSPHERE where the pressure is high relative to the surrounding region at the same LEVEL. It is represented on a SYNOPTIC CHART by a system of ISOBARS at a specified LEVEL or of CONTOURS at a specified pressure which enclose relatively high values of pressure or LEVEL. Also called high. 187 antimeridian. The MERIDIAN which is 180 of LONGITUDE from a given MERIDIAN. One MERIDIAN with its antimeridian constitute a complete GREAT CIRCLE. 188 antipode(s). Place(s) on the surface of the EARTH directly opposite to each other. 189 antiselena. Luminous PHENOMENON analogous to ANTHELION, the luminary being the MOON. 190 anti-trade. Air current with a westerly component which in various subtropical regions of either hemisphere sometimes blows above the TRADE WIND. 191 aperture: relative. For a photographic or telescopic LENS, the ratio of the EQUIVALENT FOCAL LENGTH to the diameter of the ENTRANCE PUPIL. Expressed as f: 4.5; also called f-number, f-stop, or speed of lens. 192 aperture of antenna. The diameter of a reflector antenna, usually expressed in units of WAVE LENGTH. 193 aperture stop. The physical element (such as a DIAPHRAGM, or lens periphery) of an OPTICAL SYSTEM which limits the size of the PENCIL of RAYS traversing the system. Also called the stop. Diameter of that part of the LENS actually used. 194 apex. The top, PEAK, or highest point of something, as of a MOUNTAIN. See also VERTEX. 195 apex: solar. The point of the CELESTIAL SPHERE towards which the SOLAR SYSTEM as a whole is moving. It lies in the CONSTELLATION of Hercules. 196 aphelion. That orbital point farthest from the SUN when the SUN is the centre of attraction, as opposed to PERIHELION. 197 aphotic(adj.). Without light. 198 apochromatic lens. A LENS that has been corrected for CHROMATIC ABERRATION for at least three colours. 199 apogean tide(s). See under TIDE. 200 apogee. That orbital point farthest from the EARTH when the EARTH is the centre of attraction, as opposed to PERIGEE. 201 apparent altitude. See ALTITUDE: APPARENT. 202 apparent horizon. See HORIZON. 203 apparent motion. See RELATIVE MOTION. 204 apparent noon. See NOON.


205 apparent position. See POSITION. 206 apparent precession. Apparent change in the direction of the axis of rotation of a spinning body, as a GYROSCOPE, due to the ROTATION of the EARTH. 207 apparent shoreline. The seaward limit of marine vegetation, such as mangrove, marsh grass, or trees in water that would reasonably appear to the mariner from a distance to be the fast shoreline. The seaward limit of kelp, low grass in water, and other low-lying vegetation normally does not constitute an apparent shoreline. A line drawn on the chart in lieu of the mean high water line or the mean water level line in areas where either may be obscured by marsh, mangrove, cypress, or other type of marine vegetation. This line represents the intersection of the appropriate datum with the outer limits of vegetation and appears to the navigator as shoreline. 208 apparent solar day. See DAY: SOLAR. 209 apparent solar time. See TIME. 210 apparent sun. See SUN. 211 apparent time. See TIME: APPARENT SOLAR. 212 apparent wind. See RELATIVE WIND. 213 approximate position. A position that is considered to be less than third-order accuracy, but is generally considered to be within 100 feet (30.5 metres) of its correct geographic location. The method of location may be an indication of the recorded accuracy. 214 apron. 1. A gently dipping featureless surface, underlain primarily by SEDIMENT, at the base of any steeper SLOPE. 2. The area of wharf or quay for handling cargo. 3. A sloping underwater extension of an iceberg. 4. An outwash plain along the front of a glacier. 215 apsis(pl. apsides). See LINE OF APSIDES. 216 arc: astronomical. The apparent arc described above (diurnal arc) or below (nocturnal arc) the HORIZON by the SUN or another CELESTIAL BODY. 217 archipelagic apron. A gentle SLOPE with a generally smooth surface on the SEA FLOOR, particularly found around groups of ISLANDS or SEAMOUNTS. 218 archipelagic baseline(s). See BASELINE. 219 archipelagic sea lane. Sea lanes designated by an ARCHIPELAGIC STATE for the passage of ships and aircraft. 220 archipelagic state. A State constituted wholly by one or more archipelagos, eventually including other islands. 221 archipelagic waters. The waters enclosed by ARCHIPELAGIC BASELINES. 222 archipelago. A group of ISLANDS. 223 arc of triangulation. See TRIANGULATION: ARC OF. 224 arc of visibility. The arc of a LIGHT SECTOR designated by its limiting BEARINGS in which a LIGHT is visible as viewed from a vessel. 225 Arctic circle. The GEOGRAPHICAL PARALLEL having a north latitude equal to the complement of the o DECLINATION of the SUMMER SOLSTICE (lat. = 66 33' N app.). 226 arc to chord correction. The quantity used by seamen to correct a GREAT CIRCLE BEARING of a point B from a point A to a MERCATOR BEARING, and usually referred to as the half convergency. On the MERCATOR PROJECTION, this quantity is equal to half the convergency, on the SPHEROID, of the MERIDIANS through the two points being considered. Also called conversion angle. See CONVERGENCE OF THE MERIDIANS. 227 Area. In United Nations Law of the Sea terminology the sea-bed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.


228 area clearance. The effective depth, within specified limits, obtained by a WIRE DRAG SURVEY. 229 area to be avoided. A routing measure comprising an area within defined limits in which either navigation is particularly hazardous or it is exceptionally important to avoid casualties and which should be avoided by all ships, or certain classes of ships. 230 area survey. A method of BOTTOM RELIEF SURVEY consisting of surveying overlapping strips which allow soundings to be obtained with a specified accuracy at any position of the area under survey. 231 argillaceous(adj.). Applied to all ROCKS or SEDIMENTS composed partly or completely of CLAY. 232 arming. Tallow or other substance placed in the recess at the lower end of a SOUNDING LEAD for obtaining a sample of the BOTTOM. See BOTTOM SAMPLE. 233 arm of the sea. A narrow portion of the SEA projecting from the main body. The expression is often shortened to 'arm'. 234 array(s). The order in which equipment (antenna, oceanographic equipment) or mathematical quantities are ordered. 235 articulated beacon. A vertical pipe structure that oscillates around a universal coupling connected to a sinker. The structure is kept upright by the buoyancy of a submerged floating chamber. Primarily designed to mark narrow channels with greater precision than conventional buoys. 236 articulated light. See ARTICULATED BEACON. 237 artificial horizon. See HORIZON. 238 artificial intelligence. 1. The capability of a device to perform functions that are normally associated with human intelligence, such as reasoning, learning, and self-improvement. 2. Research and study in methods for the development of a machine that can improve its own operations. The development or capability of a machine that can proceed or perform functions that are normally associated with human intelligence, as learning, adapting, reasoning, self-correction, automatic improvement. 3. The study of computer and related techniques to supplement the intellectual capabilities of man. As man has invented and used tools to increase his physical powers, he now is beginning to use artificial intelligence to increase his mental powers. In a more restricted sense, the study of techniques for more effective use of digital computers by improved programming techniques. 239 artificial installation. See INSTALLATION OFFSHORE. 240 artificial island. See INSTALLATION OFFSHORE. 241 artificial satellite. See SATELLITE. 242 ascending node. See NODE. 243 ashore(adj. and adv.). On the SHORE, on LAND or AGROUND. 244 assumed position. See POSITION. 245 astenosphere. See MANTLE. 246 astern. Bearing approximately 180relative. The term is often used loosely for DEAD ASTERN, or bearing exactly 180 relative. The opposite is AHEAD. 247 asteroid. One of the many small PLANETS revolving around the SUN, most of the ORBITS being between those of Mars and Jupiter. Also called PLANETOID or MINOR PLANET. 248 astigmatism. An aberration affecting the sharpness of IMAGES for objects off the AXIS, in which the RAYS passing through different meridians of the LENS come to FOCUS in different planes. 249 astro compass. See under COMPASS. 250 astrolabe. An instrument formerly used for measuring ALTITUDES of CELESTIAL BODIES. See ASTROLABE: PRISMATIC.


251 astrolabe: prismatic. An ASTROLABE consisting of a TELESCOPE in a horizontal position, with a prism and ARTIFICIAL HORIZON attached at its objective end, used for determining ASTRONOMIC POSITIONS. 252 astrometry. That branch of ASTRONOMY dealing with the determination of POSITIONS and motions of CELESTIAL BODIES, including the EARTH. 253 astronautics. The science of locomotion and travel outside the EARTH's ATMOSPHERE, involving the problems of ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES and of interplanetary journeys. 254 astro-navigation. See NAVIGATION: CELESTIAL. 255 astronomic(al) arc. See ARC. 256 astronomic(al) azimuth. See AZIMUTH. 257 astronomic(al) control. See CONTROL. 258 astronomic(al) day. See DAY. 259 astronomic(al) equator. See EQUATOR. 260 astronomic(al) latitude. See LATITUDE. 261 astronomic(al) longitude. See LONGITUDE. 262 astronomic(al) meridian. See MERIDIAN. 263 astronomic(al) observation(s). See OBSERVATION. 264 astronomic(al) parallel. See PARALLEL. 265 astronomic(al) position. See POSITION. 266 astronomic(al) refraction. See REFRACTION. 267 astronomic(al) station. See STATION. 268 astronomic(al) tide. See TIDE. 269 astronomic(al) time. See TIME. 270 astronomic(al) transit. See TRANSIT. 271 astronomic(al) traverse. See TRAVERSE. 272 astronomic(al) triangle. The triangle on the CELESTIAL SPHERE formed by arcs of GREAT CIRCLES connecting the CELESTIAL POLE, the ZENITH and the CELESTIAL BODY. Also called navigational triangle. 273 astronomic(al) twilight. See TWILIGHT. 274 astronomic(al) year. See YEAR: TROPICAL. 275 astronomy. The science which deals with the size, constitution, motions, RELATIVE POSITIONS, etc. of CELESTIAL BODIES, including the EARTH. See also ASTROMETRY. 276 astronomy: geodetic. ASTRONOMY as applied to GEODESY. 277 astronomy: nautical (or navigational). ASTRONOMY as applied to NAVIGATION. 278 atlas. A collection of CHARTS or MAPS to be kept (loose or bound) in a volume. 279 atmosphere. Gaseous envelope which surrounds the EARTH. The gaseous envelope surrounding any STAR, PLANET, etc. A unit of pressure, equal to the pressure exerted per square centimetre by a column of mercury 760 mm high at a 2 temperature of 0 C when the ACCELERATION OF GRAVITY is 980.665 centimetres per SECOND .


280 atmosphere: free. That part of the ATMOSPHERE above the FRICTION LAYER, in which the air motion is affected to a negligible degree by surface friction. 281 atmosphere: ICAO. STANDARD ATMOSPHERE adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Its o main features are mean sea-level pressure of 1013.25 mb, and a temperature lapse rate of 6.5 C/km from surface to the TROPOPAUSE situated at 11 km. 282 atmosphere: standard. Conventional reference atmosphere, chosen to represent in a simple way the approximate average condition in the VERTICAL. 283 atmospheric. ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE resulting from an electric discharge (LIGHTNING) in the ATMOSPHERE. 284 atmospheric drag. A major perturbation of close artificial satellite orbits by the resistance of the atmosphere. 285 atmospheric pressure. See PRESSURE. 286 atmospheric refraction. See REFRACTION. 287 atmospheric window. The region in the radiation spectrum containing wavelengths between 8.5 and 11 micrometers, which are not absorbed to any great extent by atmospheric gases. In the absence of cloud, terrestrial radiation of this wavelength is lost to space, enabling the cooling of the earth to take place. Other narrower wavebands also do not absorb long-wave radiation, but these are of less importance in this context. 288 atoll. A coral ISLAND consisting of a ring-shaped REEF nearly or entirely surrounding a central LAGOON. 289 atom. The smallest particle of an element which can enter into a chemical combination. 290 atomic clock. See CLOCK. 291 Atomic Time: International. The time reference coordinate established by the Bureau International de l'Heure on the basis of atomic clocks. 292 attenuation. A lessening in amount, particularly the reduction of the AMPLITUDE of a WAVE or the intensity of light or SOUND with distance from the origin. 293 audiofrequency. A FREQUENCY within the audible RANGE, about 20 to 20.000 CYCLES per SECOND. Also called sonic frequency. 294 aurora. Luminous PHENOMENON which appears in the high ATMOSPHERE, mainly in high LATITUDES, in the form of RAYS, arcs, bands, draperies, or CORONA. Also called polar aurora. 295 aurora australis. AURORA of the southern hemisphere. 296 aurora borealis. AURORA of the northern hemisphere. 297 autocollimator. See COLLIMATOR. 298 automated cartography. The performance of cartographic functions in a fully automatic mode. 299 automatic floating station. A BUOY equipped with instruments automatically recording oceanographic and meteorological DATA. Also called automatic buoy. 300 automatic gain control. A circuit which automatically maintains a constant output volume regardless of input signal strength. Also called automatic volume control. 301 automatic plotter. See PLOTTER. 302 automatic tide gauge. See GAUGE: TIDE. 303 automatic volume control. See AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL. 304 automation. The technique of improving human productivity in the processing of materials, energy and information, by utilizing in various degrees elements of automatic CONTROL, and of automatically executed product programming.


305 autopositive. A material which gives a positive copy from a positive TRANSPARENCY (or a negative from a negative) by direct processing. 306 autumnal equinox. See EQUINOX. 307 avulsion. Rapid EROSION of shoreland by WAVES during a STORM. 308 awash (adj. and adv.). Flush with, or washed by the WAVES. 309 axis. The line, real or imaginary, about which something centres or revolves. 310 axis: horizontal. In a THEODOLITE or TRANSIT, the AXIS about which the TELESCOPE of the instrument rotates when moved vertically. Also called trunnion axis, or transit axis. 311 axis: optical. See AXIS OF LENS. 312 axis: polar. In a system of POLAR or SPHERICAL COORDINATES, the primary AXIS of DIRECTION. 313 axis: principal. See AXIS OF LENS. 314 axis: trunnion. See AXIS: HORIZONTAL. 315 axis: vertical. In a THEODOLITE or TRANSIT, the line through the centre of the instrument about which the ALIDADE rotates. 316 axis of camera. A line perpendicular to the FOCAL PLANE of the CAMERA and passing through the emergent nodal point of the LENS SYSTEM. Also called camera axis. See NODAL POINT. 317 axis of channel. The centre line of a CHANNEL. See also TALWEG. 318 axis of collimation. See COLLIMATION AXIS. 319 axis of homology. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the intersection of the plane of the PHOTOGRAPH with the horizontal plane of the MAP or the plane of reference of the GROUND. Corresponding lines in the PHOTOGRAPH and map planes intersect on the axis of homology. Also called the axis of perspective, or map parallel. 320 axis of lens. The straight line which passes through the centres of curvature of the lens surfaces. Also called principal axis, optical axis or lens axis. 321 axis of optical system. The line formed by the coinciding principal axes of the series of optical elements. 322 axis of perspective. See AXIS OF HOMOLOGY. 323 axis of spirit level. The line tangent to the surface of a spirit level tube against which the bubble forms, at the centre of the graduated SCALE of the LEVEL, and in the plane of the tube and its centre of curvature. Also called level axis or spirit level axis. 324 axis of tilt. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a line through the PERSPECTIVE CENTRE perpendicular to the PRINCIPAL PLANE. 325 azimuth. A horizontal angle reckoned clockwise from the meridian. The horizontal direction of a celestial point from a terrestrial point, expressed as the angular distance from a reference direction. It is usually measured from 000 at the reference direction clockwise through 360 . An azimuth is often designated as true, magnetic, compass, grid, or relative as the reference direction is true, magnetic, compass, or grid north, or heading, respectively. Unless otherwise specified, the term is generally understood to apply to true azimuth which may be further defined as the arc of the horizon, or the angle at the zenith, between the north part of the celestial meridian or principal vertical circle and a vertical circle, measured from 000 at the north part of the principal vertical circle clockwise through 360 . When the angle is measured in either direction from north or south, and labelled accordingly, it is properly called azimuth angle; when measured either direction from east or west, and labeled accordingly, it is called AMPLITUDE. 326 azimuth (of a celestial body). The angle between the observer's MERIDIAN and the VERTICAL CIRCLE through the body, measured in the plane of the HORIZON. There is no universally accepted manner of reckoning the AZIMUTHS. Quadrantal, half-circle, and whole-circle methods are being used. In the latter, the AZIMUTH is measured preferably clockwise from north. See also AZIMUTH ANGLE.


327 azimuth: astronomic(al). The angle between the astronomic meridian plane of the observer and the plane containing the observed point and the VERTICAL of the observer. 328 azimuth: astronomic(al) determination of. The determination of the AZIMUTH of a line or BASE LINE by ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS. 329 azimuth: back. An AZIMUTH 180 from a given AZIMUTH. In GEODESY, the DIRECTION of the line BA as distinguished from the forward azimuth AB. The two differ by 180 plus the amount of CONVERGENCE OF THE MERIDIANS between points A and B. Also called reverse azimuth. See AZIMUTH: GEODETIC. 330 azimuth: forward. See AZIMUTH: GEODETIC. 331 azimuth: geodetic. For the GEODESIC LINE from A to B, the angle between the tangent to the MERIDIAN at A and the tangent to the GEODESIC LINE at A. This AZIMUTH is called the forward azimuth for the line AB. See AZIMUTH: BACK. 332 azimuth: grid. The angle in the plane of PROJECTION between a straight line and the Y-AXIS of a PLANERECTANGULAR COORDINATE system. See BEARING: GRID. 333 azimuth: Laplace. A GEODETIC AZIMUTH derived from an ASTRONOMIC AZIMUTH by means of the LAPLACE EQUATION. 334 azimuth: magnetic. At the point of OBSERVATION, the angle between the VERTICAL PLANE through the observed object and the VERTICAL PLANE in which a freely suspended symmetrically magnetized NEEDLE, influenced by no transient artificial magnetic disturbance, will come to rest. 335 azimuth: reverse. See AZIMUTH: BACK. 336 azimuth: true. AZIMUTH relative to TRUE NORTH. 337 azimuthal equidistant projection. See PROJECTION. 338 azimuthal orthomorphic projection. See PROJECTION: STEREOGRAPHIC. 339 azimuthal projection. See PROJECTION. 340 azimuth angle. AZIMUTH measured from 0at the north or south reference direction clockwise or counter-clockwise through 90or 180 . It is labelled with the REFERENCE DIRECTION as a prefix and the DIRECTION of measurement from the REFERENCE DIRECTION as a suffix. 341 azimuth circle. See BEARING CIRCLE. 342 azimuth diagram. A DIAGRAM for obtaining graphically rather than by computation the AZIMUTHS of observed CELESTIAL BODIES. 343 azimuth mark. A MARK set at a significant distance from a TRIANGULATION or TRAVERSE STATION to mark the end of a line for which the AZIMUTH has been determined, and to serve as a starting or reference azimuth for later use.


344 back azimuth. See AZIMUTH. 345 backbeach. Also written as two words. See BACKSHORE. 346 backing wind. Counter-clockwise change of wind direction, in either hemisphere. 347 backrush. The seaward return of water following UPRUSH of WAVES on a BEACH. 348 backrush current. See CURRENT: BACKRUSH. 349 backshore. That part of a BEACH which is usually dry, being reached only by the highest TIDES. Also called backbeach. See also FORESHORE. 350 backsight. In NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY, an OBSERVATION of a CELESTIAL BODY made by facing 180from the AZIMUTH of the body. In LEVELLING, a reading on a LEVELLING ROD held on a point whose ELEVATION has been previously determined and which is not the closing SIGHT of a level circuit. Also written as two words. See also FORESIGHT. 351 backwash. Water or WAVES thrown back by an obstruction such as a ship, BREAKWATER, CLIFF, etc. 352 backwater. Water turned back by an obstruction, opposing CURRENT, etc. Water held back from the main FLOW. 353 ballistic camera. See CAMERA. 354 band of colour. See STRIPES (OF COLOUR) 355 band of frequency. The RANGE of FREQUENCY between two specific limits. Also called frequency band. 356 bandwidth. The number of units (HERTZ, kilohertz, etc.) of FREQUENCY required for transmission. 357 bank. An ELEVATION of the SEA FLOOR located on a CONTINENTAL (or an ISLAND) SHELF, over which the DEPTH of water is relatively shallow but sufficient for safe SURFACE NAVIGATION. A shallow area of shifting SAND, GRAVEL, MUD, etc. as a sand bank, mud bank, etc. The sloping margin of a RIVER or STREAM; the GROUND bordering upon a RIVER. A raised margin of a POND, LAKE, etc. See LEFT BANK and RIGHT BANK. 358 bar. A RIDGE or succession of RIDGES of SAND or other substances extending across the MOUTH of a RIVER or HARBOUR and which may obstruct NAVIGATION. Derived pressure in the CGS SYSTEM. See also MILLIBAR. 359 bar buoy. A BUOY marking the location of a BAR. 360 bar check. An on-site calibration method for echo sounders. 361 bar scale. See SCALE. 362 bar sweeping. A sweeping procedure using a beam suspended horizontally under a vessel. The sweep passing over the bottom may be equipped with rockers or other sensors to record contact with the bottom. 363 baroclinity. The condition and type of motion in which pressure is not constant on surfaces of constant density, e.g. internal waves. 364 barogram. Record made by a BAROGRAPH. 365 barograph. RECORDING BAROMETER. 366 barometer. Instrument for measuring ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE. 367 barometer: aneroid. BAROMETER whose sensitive element comprises one or a series of ANEROID CAPSULES. 368 barometer: marine. MERCURY BAROMETER used on board ships, characterized by a constriction in the tube in order to damp out OSCILLATIONS of the mercury caused by the movements of the ship.


369 barometer: mercurial (or mercury). A BAROMETER in which ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE is balanced against the pressure exerted by a column of mercury. 370 barometer: recording. BAROMETER which gives a continuous graphic representation of the atmospheric pressure variations with TIME. 371 barometric altimeter. See ALTIMETER. 372 barometric elevation. See ELEVATION. 373 barometric gradient. See PRESSURE GRADIENT. 374 barometric levelling. See LEVELLING. 375 barometric pressure. See PRESSURE: BAROMETRIC. 376 barotropy. The condition and type of motion in which pressure is constant on surfaces of constant density, e.g. surface tides. 377 barrel buoy. See BUOY. 378 barrier reef. A CORAL REEF fronting the SHORE, at some distance from it, and separated from it by a LAGOON or a navigable CHANNEL of moderate DEPTH. See also FRINGING REEF. 379 barye. Pressure unit in the CGS SYSTEM. 380 barysphere. See CENTROSPHERE. 381 basal coplane. See COPLANE: BASAL. 382 basal orientation. See ORIENTATION. 383 basal plane. See EPIPOLAR PLANE. 384 base. In a TRIANGULATION, the side of one of a series of connected triangles, the length of which is measured directly and with prescribed ACCURACY and PRECISION, and from which the lengths of the other triangle sides are obtained by computation. Also called base line or triangulation base line. See also BASE TERMINALS. 385 base apparatus. Any apparatus designed for use in measuring with ACCURACY and PRECISION the length of a BASE in TRIANGULATION, or the length of a line in TRAVERSE. 386 base course (of a vessel). The true course between a vessel's point of departure and arrival. 387 base direction. See DIRECTION. 388 base extension triangulation (British terminology). A part of a TRIANGULATION NET starting with a measured BASE and expanding that relatively short distance to a larger distance comparable to the average length of the triangulation sides. Called base net in U.S. terminology. 389 base height ration. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the ratio between the AIR BASE and the FLIGHT ALTITUDE of a STEREOSCOPIC PAIR of PHOTOGRAPHS. 390 base line. The line from which the outer limits of the territorial sea and certain other outer limits are measured. In RADIOLOCATION, the GEODESIC LINE between two stations operating in conjunction for the determination of a LINE OF POSITION. Also written as one word. See also BASE. 391 baseline: archipelagic. Archipelagic baselines are straight lines joining the outermost points of the outermost islands and drying reefs of an archipelago. 392 baseline: normal. The low-water line along the coast as marked on large-scale charts officially recognized by the coastal State. 393 baseline: straight. Straight baselines are a system of straight lines joining specified or discrete points on the low-water line, usually known as straight baseline turning points. Straight baselines are used in DELIMITATION.


394 base line extension. In RADIOLOCATION, the extension of the BASE LINE beyond the TRANSMITTERS. 395 base map. See MAP. 396 base net. See BASE EXTENSION TRIANGULATION. 397 basepoint. A basepoint is any point on a baseline. 398 base tape (or wire). A tape or wire of metal or alloy, so designed and graduated that it is suitable for measuring the lengths of BASES. See also TAPE: INVAR, TAPE: STEEL and WIRE: INVAR. 399 base terminals. The two extremes of a BASE LINE. Usually marked on a MONUMENT or metal stake buried beneath a visible SURFACE MARK. See also REFERENCE MARK. 400 base tilt. See TILT. 401 basic control. See CONTROL. 402 basic survey. A hydrographic survey so complete and thorough that it does not need to be supplemented by other surveys, and is adequate to supersede, for charting purposes, all prior hydrographic surveys of the area. 403 basin. Sheltered body of water available for port operations connecting either with the SEA or with an outer PORT or with another basin, sometimes by means of a LOCK or PASSAGE. In geography, the tract of country drained by a RIVER and its TRIBUTARIES or which drains into a particular LAKE or SEA. In OCEANOGRAPHY, a DEPRESSION of the SEA FLOOR more or less equidimensional in form and of very variable extent. 404 basin: tidal. A BASIN affected by tidal forces in which water can be kept at a desired LEVEL by means of a gate. 405 bathymeter. An instrument primarily designed for measuring DEPTH of water. 406 bathymetric (adj.). Of or pertaining to BATHYMETRY. 407 bathymetric chart. See CHART. 408 bathymetric map. A topographic map of the ocean floor, or the bed of a lake. A topographic chart of the bed of a body of water, or a part of it. Generally, bathymetric maps show depths by contour lines and gradient tints. 409 bathymetry. The determination of ocean depths. The general configuration of SEA FLOOR as determined by profile analysis of depth data. 410 bathyscaphe (or bathyscaph). A free, manned vehicle for exploring the deep OCEAN. 411 bathysphere. A diving sphere for deep-sea observations. 412 bathythermogram. The record of temperature versus DEPTH made by a BATHYTHERMOGRAPH. Rarely used. 413 bathythermograph. A device for obtaining a record of temperature against DEPTH in the OCEAN, from a ship underway. 414 bay. Wide INDENTATION in the COASTLINE generally smaller than a GULF and larger than a COVE. For the purposes of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a bay is a well-marked indentation whose penetration is in such proportion to the width of its mouth as to contain land locked waters and constitute more than a mere curvature of the coast. See also HISTORIC BAY. 415 bay closing line. A line dividing the internal waters and territorial seas in a bay. 416 bay ice. Level FAST ICE of more than one winter's growth, which may be nourished by surface layers of SNOW. Thickness of ICE and SNOW up to about 2 m above SEA LEVEL. When bay ice becomes thicker than this, it is called an ICE SHELF. 417 bayou. A minor sluggish WATERWAY or estuarial CREEK, generally tidal or characterized by a slow CURRENT, with a COURSE generally through LOWLANDS or SWAMPS, TRIBUTARY to or connecting with other bodies of water. Various specific meanings have been implied in different parts of the Southern United States. Sometimes called SLOUGH.


418 beach. On a SHORE, the area on which the WAVES break and over which shore debris, such as SAND, SHINGLE, PEBBLES accumulate. A beach includes BACKSHORE and FORESHORE. 419 beach comber. See COMBER. 420 beacon. A prominent specially constructed object forming a conspicuous MARK as a fixed AID TO NAVIGATION, or for use in HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY. Also called day beacon or DAYMARK. 421 beacon: aeronautical. An AERONAUTICAL GROUND LIGHT visible at all AZIMUTHS, either continuously or intermittently, to designate a particular point on the surface of the EARTH. A radiobeacon may be coterminous with the aeronautical beacon. 422 beacon: hazard. A BEACON marking an OBSTRUCTION or hazard. 423 beacon: identification. An AERONAUTICAL and/or RADIO and/or LIGHT BEACON emitting a coded SIGNAL by means of which a particular REFERENCE POINT can be identified. 424 beacon: light (or lighted). A BEACON from which a LIGHT is exhibited. 425 beacon: omnidirectional. See OMNIRANGE. 426 beacon: radio. See RADIOBEACON. 427 beacon: responder. See TRANSPONDER BEACON. 428 beacon: transponder. See TRANSPONDER BEACON. 429 beaconage. A system of BEACONS. See BUOYAGE. 430 beam. RADIANT ENERGY confined to a particular shape. 431 beam compass. An instrument consisting of a beam or rod with sliding sockets that hold pencil, pen, or steel points, used together with a SCALE for plotting exact lengths or for drawing large circles. 432 beam sea. WAVES moving in a direction approximately 90from the HEADING. 433 beam width. The angular measure of the transverse section of a beam (usually in the main lobe) lying within directions corresponding to specified values of field strength relative to the maximum. 434 beam wind. WIND blowing in a direction approximately 90from the HEADING. 435 bearing. The horizontal DIRECTION of one terrestrial point from another, expressed as the ANGULAR DISTANCE from a REFERENCE DIRECTION. It is usually measured from 0at the REFERENCE DIRECTION clockwise through 360 . The terms bearing and AZIMUTH are sometimes used interchangeably, but in NAVIGATION the former customarily applies to terrestrial objects and the latter to the DIRECTION of a point on the CELESTIAL SPHERE from a point on the EARTH. A bearing is designated as true, MAGNETIC, or compass as the REFERENCE DIRECTION is TRUE, MAGNETIC, or COMPASS NORTH. 436 bearing: acoustic. See BEARING: SONIC. 437 bearing: compass. See BEARING. 438 bearing: danger. The maximum or minimum BEARING of a point for safe passage of an offlying danger. 439 bearing: great circle. The initial DIRECTION of a GREAT CIRCLE through two terrestrial points, expressed as ANGULAR DISTANCE from a REFERENCE DIRECTION. BEARINGS obtained by any form of RADIANT ENERGY are great-circle bearings. 440 bearing: grid. BEARING relative to GRID NORTH. See also AZIMUTH: GRID. 441 bearing: magnetic. BEARING relative to MAGNETIC NORTH. COMPASS BEARING corrected for MAGNETIC DEVIATION. 442 bearing: Mercatorial (or Mercator). See BEARING: RHUMB.


443 bearing: polar. In a system of POLAR or SPHERICAL COORDINATES, the angle formed by the intersection of the reference MERIDIONAL PLANE and the MERIDIONAL PLANE containing the point. 444 bearing: radar. A BEARING obtained by RADAR. 445 bearing: radio. The angle between the apparent direction of a definite source of emission of ELECTRO-MAGNETIC WAVES and a REFERENCE DIRECTION, as determined at a RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING STATION. 446 bearing: reciprocal. A BEARING differing by 180from a given BEARING. 447 bearing: relative. BEARING relative to the HEADING of a craft. 448 bearing: rhumb. The direction of a RHUMB LINE through two terrestrial points expressed as ANGULAR DISTANCE from a REFERENCE DIRECTION. Also called mercatorial (or mercator) bearing. 449 bearing: sonic. A BEARING determined by measuring the direction from which a SOUND WAVE is coming. Also called acoustic bearing. 450 bearing: transit. A BEARING taken of two objects when in line. 451 bearing: true. See BEARING. 452 bearing circle. A ring designed to fit snugly over a COMPASS or COMPASS REPEATER, and provided with VANES for observing BEARINGS. A similar ring provided with means for observing AZIMUTH of the SUN is called an azimuth circle. 453 bearing plate. See PELORUS. 454 beat. The periodic variation that results from the superposition of two OSCILLATIONS whose FREQUENCIES differ by a small amount. 455 Beaufort wind scale. A numerical scale for indicating wind speed, devised by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort in 1805. Beaufort numbers (or forces) range from force 0 (calm) to force 12 (hurricane). 456 bed. The GROUND upon which a body of water rests. 457 bedrock. Any solid ROCK underlying SOIL or unconsolidated SEDIMENTS. 458 bel. A dimensionless unit for expressing the ratio of two values of power, the number of bels being the logarithm to the base 10 of the power ratio. In practice decibel is commonly used, the number of decibels being 10 times the logarithm to the base 10 of the power ratio. 459 bell buoy. See BUOY: SOUND. 460 belt. In ice terminology, a long area of PACK ICE from a few kilometres to more than 100 kilometres in width. 461 bench. See TERRACE. 462 bench mark (benchmarks). A permanent, stable object containing a marked point of known ELEVATION with respect to a DATUM used as a REFERENCE LEVEL for TIDAL OBSERVATIONS or as a control point for LEVELLING. 463 beneaped (or neaped). Said of a vessel left aground following a spring high tide. 464 benthic division. In the classification of the marine ENVIRONMENT and its inhabitants, a primary division of the SEA which includes all of the ocean floor. The other primary division of the SEA is the PELAGIC DIVISION. 465 benthos. The category of marine organisms that live on, in, or close to the BOTTOM of the OCEANS. 466 berg. Short for ICEBERG. 467 bergy bit. A massive piece of SEA ICE or disrupted HUMMOCKED ICE; also medium-sized piece of floating GLACIER ICE. Generally less than 5 m above SEA LEVEL, and not more than about 10 m across.


468 berm. A narrow, raised path or EMBANKMENT along a STREAM, CANAL, or BEACH. On a BEACH it may be formed by the deposit of material by WAVES and marks the limit of HIGH TIDES. 469 berm line. In CARTOGRAPHY, the outer edge of vegetation shown as SHORELINE on CHARTS in marsh or mangrove areas. 470 berth. Place in which a ship is moored at WHARF. 471 beset(adj.). Of a ship when surrounded so closely by SEA ICE that steering control is lost. The term does not imply pressure. See also ICEBOUND, NIPPED. 472 Bessel's spheroid. See REFERENCE SPHEROID. 473 between-the-lens shutter. See SHUTTER. 474 bias. The distortion of a result through negligence of a factor usually introducing a systematic error of unchanging magnitude and sign throughout a given series of observations. 475 bifurcation. A division into two branches. 476 bifurcation buoy. See BUOY: BIFURCATION. 477 bight. A bend or curve in the COASTLINE, a bend in a RIVER, etc. In ice terminology, an extensive crescent-shaped indentation in the ICE EDGE formed either by WIND or CURRENT. 478 Bilby steel tower. A demountable and transportable TRIANGULATION TOWER for elevating a THEODOLITE and LUMINOUS SIGNALS above the GROUND, designed by J.S. Bilby, USC&GS. 479 billow. A great WAVE. 480 binary. The number system using 2 as the base for number representation. Binary numbers are composed of BITS. Generally any element capable of only two mutually exclusive states is called binary. 481 binnacle. The stand in which a COMPASS is mounted and in which lighting and compensatory units are carried. 482 binocular(s). An optical instrument consisting of a pair of TELESCOPES joined so as to be adaptable to the use of both eyes simultaneously. 483 binocular vision. Simultaneous vision with both eyes. 484 biology: marine. The study of the life, history and ECOLOGY of marine and brackish water plants and animals. 485 bioluminescence. The emission of light by living organisms. See also NOCTILUCA. 486 biosphere. Spherical terrestrial LAYER comprising the lower part of the ATMOSPHERE, the SEAS and the upper LAYERS of the SOIL within which living organisms can exist naturally. 487 bissextile year. See YEAR: CIVIL. 488 bit. Short for "binary digit", the digit in binary number representation. A bit can only assume the binary values "0" and "1". A binary number representation is composed of bits just as a decimal number is represented by decimal digits. A unit of 8 bits is called a BYTE. It also stands for "basic indissoluble information unit", a unit used for measuring the information content in information theory. 489 blind rollers. Long, high SWELLS which have increased in HEIGHT, almost to the breaking point, as they pass over SHOALS or run in shoaling water. Called blind seas in some localities. 490 blind seas. See BLIND ROLLERS. 491 blind zone. An area within or from which little or no radio SIGNAL is received. Also called zone of silence. 492 blip. Indication of a SIGNAL on the SCOPE of an electronic instrument, produced by a short sharply-peaked PULSE of voltage.


493 blizzard. Violent and very cold WIND which is laden with SNOW, some part, at least, of which has been raised from snow-covered GROUND. This term originated in North America but has been extended to include similar WINDS in other countries. 494 block correction. See CHARTLET. 495 blow up. Enlarge photographically. 496 bluff. A CLIFF or HEADLAND with an almost perpendicular face. 497 blunder. See ERROR: GROSS. 498 boat compass. See COMPASS. 499 boat grid. See CAREENING GRID or GRIDIRON. 500 boat sheet (U.S. terminology). The work sheet used by the HYDROGRAPHER in the field for plotting the details of a HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY as it progresses. See also FIELD BOARD. 501 boat slip. A SLIPWAY designed specifically for boats. 502 bog. Wet spongy ground consisting of decaying vegetation, which retains stagnant water, too soft to bear the weight of any heavy body. 503 bold coast. A prominent land mass that rises steeply from the SEA. 504 bollard. Small shaped post, mounted on a wharf or dolphin used to secure ship's lines. Also see MOORING. 505 boom. A floating barrier used to protect a river or harbour mouth or to create a sheltered area for storage purposes. 506 boomer. Seismic instrument for shallow penetration work. The boomer TRANSDUCER produces acoustic pulses by the motion of a metal plate in the water. 507 border. The district lying along the edge of a country or territory; a frontier. The boundary line which separates one country from another, the frontier line. 508 border break. A cartographic technique to extend cartographic detail of a map or chart beyond the neatline into the margin to show important features. This technique eliminates the necessity of producing an additional CHART. Also called Blister. 509 border of chart. The NEATLINE defining the limits of the area charted. 510 borderland. A region adjacent to a CONTINENT, normally occupied by or bordering a SHELF, that is highly irregular with DEPTHS well in excess of those typical of a SHELF. 511 border scale. See SCALE. 512 bore. A high breaking WAVE of water, advancing rapidly up an ESTUARY. Bores can occur at the MOUTHS of shallow RIVERS if the TIDE RANGE at the MOUTH is large. They can also be generated in a RIVER when TSUNAMIS enter shallow coastal water and propagate up the RIVER. Also called eager, mascaret, or tidal bore. 513 boring. Forcing a vessel under power through ICE. 514 bottom. Any GROUND covered by water. 515 bottom: nature of. The feature of the BOTTOM including the material of which it is composed and its physical characteristics. Also called character (or characteristics) of the bottom, or quality of the bottom. 516 bottom characteristics. Designations used on survey and nautical charts to indicate the consistency, colour, and classification of the sea bottom. Also called NATURE OF THE BOTTOM, CHARACTER OF THE BOTTOM. 517 bottom contour chart. A chart designed for surface and sub-surface bathymetric navigation seaward of the 100-fathom contour. Bottom configuration is portrayed by DEPTH CONTOURS and selected soundings.


518 bottom friction. The force resulting from the interaction between the ocean bottom and water particle motion over it. 519 bottom ice. See ANCHOR ICE. 520 bottom profiler. An ECHO SOUNDER for precision surveys of the sea bottom surface. 521 bottom relief survey. A survey conducted to obtain information on the spatial characteristics of the sea bottom relief. 522 bottom sample. A portion of the sea bottom material brought to the surface for examination. See also CORE. 523 bottom sampler. Any device for obtaining a BOTTOM SAMPLE. See also CORER, DREDGE, DRIVER ROD, GRAB and SNAPPER. 524 bottom sampling. The process of collecting bottom samples. 525 bottom sediments. See SEDIMENTS: BOTTOM. 526 Bouguer anomaly. A difference between an observed value of GRAVITY and a theoretical value at the point of observation, which has been corrected for the effect of the TOPOGRAPHY and ELEVATION only, the TOPOGRAPHY being considered as resting on a plane of indefinite extent. 527 boulder. A rounded ROCK with a diameter of 256 millimetres (about 10 INCHES) or larger. 528 boulder clay. See TILL. 529 boundary. Anything marking a limit; bound; BORDER. 530 boundary layer. The LAYER of fluid in the immediate vicinity of a bounding surface. It is the LAYER in which frictional forces are not negligible. 531 boundary monument. A material object placed on or near a boundary line to preserve and identify the ground location of the boundary line. Where it is impracticable to establish a monument on or very close to a boundary line, the position of the boundary line on the ground is preserved by means of reference marks. The term monument is sometimes used to include both the mark on the boundary and the reference mark. 532 boundary wave. See WAVE: INTERNAL. 533 Bourdon tube. Closed, curved, flexible tube of elliptic cross-section which is deformed, according to type, by variations of ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE or temperature and so provides a measurement of the particular element. 534 Bowditch rule. A method of ADJUSTMENT of TRAVERSES. 535 box compass. See DECLINATOIRE. 536 box gauge. See GAUGE: FLOAT. 537 box sextant. A small portable instrument used for approximate measurement of angles. 538 brackish water. Water in which salinity values range from approximately 0.50 to 17.00 parts per thousand. 539 brash ice. Accumulation of FLOATING ICE made up of small fragments not more than 2 metres across; the wreckage of other forms of ICE. 540 breaker. A WAVE breaking on the SHORE, over a REEF, etc. Breakers may be roughly classified into three kinds, although the categories may overlap: spilling breakers break gradually over a considerable distance; plunging breakers tend to curl over and break with a crash; and surging breakers peak up, but then instead of spilling or plunging they surge up on the beach face. The French word 'brisant' is also used for the obstacle causing the breaking of the WAVE. 541 breaking of waves. Disintegration of a WAVE which breaks with foam in SHALLOWS whose gradient is more or less regular. An incomplete breaking can likewise result from a sudden reduction in DEPTH.


542 breakwater. A structure protecting a shore area, HARBOUR, ANCHORAGE, or BASIN from WAVES. See also FLOATING BREAKWATER. 543 breeze. A WIND of moderate strength. See LAND and SEA (or LAKE) BREEZE. 544 bridge. 1. An elevated structure extending across or over the weather deck of a vessel, or part of such a structure. The term is sometimes modified to indicate the intended use, such as navigating bridge or signal bridge. 2. A structure erected over a depression or an obstacle such as a body of water, railroad, etc., to provide a roadway for vehicles or pedestrians. 545 bridge: bascule. A counterpoise bridge rotated in a vertical plane about an axis at one or both ends. Also called balance bridge. 546 bridge: draw. A general name for bridges of which part or the entire span of the bridge may be raised or drawn aside to allow ships to pass through. 547 bridge: lift. A movable bridge which is capable of being lifted vertically to allow vessels to pass beneath. 548 bridge: swing. A movable bridge which rotates in a horizontal plane about a vertical pivot to allow the passage of vessels. 549 bridge clearance. See CLEARANCE. 550 bridging. See STEREOTRIANGULATION. 551 broad on the beam. Bearing 090relative (broad on the starboard beam) or 270relative (broad on the port beam). If the bearings are approximate, the expression on the beam or abeam should be used. See also ON THE BEAM. 552 broad on the bow. Bearing 045relative (broad on the starboard bow) or 315relative (broad on the port bow). If the bearings are approximate, the expression on the bow should be used. See also ON THE BOW. 553 broad on the quarter. Bearing 135relative (broad on the starboard quarter or 225relative (broad on the port quarter). If the bearings are approximate, the expression on the quarter should be used. See also ON THE QUARTER. 554 broadcast. Communication by RADIO intended for reception at any point within a specified area. 555 broadcast ephemeris. Ephemeris transmitted by a satellite which describes its position and orbital parameters. 556 broadside on. Beam on, as to the wind or sea. 557 broken telescope transit. See TRANSIT. 558 broken water. An area of small WAVES and EDDIES occurring in what otherwise is a calm SEA. 559 brook. A small STREAM; a RIVULET. Also called run. 560 bubble: spirit (or sensitive). See LEVEL: SPIRIT. 561 bubble sextant. See SEXTANT. 562 bucket temperature. Temperature of surface sea water trapped and measured in a bucket or similar receptacle. 563 bulkhead. On land, a structure or partition built to retain or prevent sliding of the land. A secondary purpose is to protect the upland against damage from wave action. Bulkheads are frequently backfilled thereby increasing the utility of the adjacent land area. 564 bull's eye level. See LEVEL: SPIRIT.


565 buoy. A floating object moored to the BOTTOM in a particular (charted) place, as an AID TO NAVIGATION or for other specific purposes. Navigational buoys may be classified according to: (a) their shape, appearance, or construction, such as barrel, CAN, cask, CONICAL, cylindrical, DAN, KEG, NUN, PILLAR, SPAR, spherical, or TOPMARK BUOY; (b) their colour, such as black, chequered, green, red buoy; (c) their location, such as BIFURCATION, FAIRWAY, JUNCTION, MID-CHANNEL, MIDDLE-GROUND, or TURNING BUOY; (d) the various kinds of hazards or dangers to NAVIGATION which they mark, such as BAR, ISOLATED DANGER, FISH TRAP, OBSTRUCTION, SPOIL GROUND, TELEGRAPH or WRECK BUOY; (e) their particular purpose or use, such as ANCHOR, ANCHORAGE, COMPASS ADJUSTMENT, DREDGING, FAREWELL (or landfall), MARKER, QUARANTINE, STATION (or watch), or WARPING BUOY. 566 buoy: automatic. See AUTOMATIC FLOATING STATION. 567 buoy: bifurcation. A distinctive lateral BUOY used to indicate both the point at which a channel divides and the channel that has been designated as preferred channel. 568 buoy: cable. A BUOY used to indicate the run of a SUBMARINE CABLE. 569 buoy: cardinal. A BUOY used to indicate that the best navigable water is to be found in one particular of the quadrants that are bounded by the four bearings NW, NE, SE and SW taken from the position of the mark. 570 buoy: fairway. A BUOY intended to be the first to be seen during an approach from the open sea to a FAIRWAY. 571 buoy: lateral. A BUOY used to indicate a lateral limit of NAVIGABLE water. 572 buoy: life. A BUOY intended to keep persons afloat. Also called life jacket. 573 buoy: light (or lighted). A BUOY with a LIGHT having definite characteristics for detection and identification during darkness. See CHARACTERISTICS OF LIGHT. 574 buoy: lighted sound. A LIGHT BUOY provided with a SOUND SIGNAL. 575 buoy: mooring. A BUOY secured to the BOTTOM by permanent moorings with means for mooring a vessel by use of its anchor chain or mooring lines. 576 buoy: radar. A BUOY with a cluster of RADAR REFLECTORS. 577 buoy: radiobeacon. A BUOY equipped with a MARKER RADIOBEACON. 578 buoy: sound. A BUOY equipped with a characteristic SOUND SIGNAL. Sound buoys may be further classified according to the manner in which the SOUND is produced, such as bell, gong, horn, trumpet, or whistle buoy. 579 buoy: special. A BUOY primarily used to indicate an area or feature referred to in nautical documents rather than to assist navigation. 580 buoy: super. A very large BUOY designed to carry a signal light of high luminous intensity at a high elevation. See also LARGE AUTOMATIC NAVIGATION BUOY (LANBY). 581 buoy: survey. A BUOY used by SURVEY SHIPS to control HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS. See also BUOYCONTROL METHOD. 582 buoyage. A system of, or providing with, BUOYS, serving the purpose of indicating NAVIGABLE waters. See BEACONAGE. 583 buoyancy. Force resulting from the upward pressure of water, acting upon the immersed volume of a body, set against the total WEIGHT of such body. If the volume immersed is such that the upward pressure counterbalances the WEIGHT of the body, the buoyancy is said to be positive and the body floats on the surface; if the volume immersed is insufficient, the weight of the body is greater than the upward pressure, the buoyancy is negative, and the body sinks. 584 buoyancy: centre of. CENTRE OF GRAVITY of liquid displaced by a floating body. 585 buoyant beacon. See ARTICULATED LIGHT.


586 buoy-control method. A system of accurately located BUOYS on which THREE-POINT FIXES could be observed, or to which distances could be measured by radio acoustic methods, for extending HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS beyond the VISIBILITY of shore control. 587 butte. An isolated flat-topped HILL, similar to, but smaller than a MESA. 588 byte. A unit consisting of 8 BITS, frequently used for measuring the capacity of storage devices. 10 1 Kbyte = 2 byte = 1.024 byte (kilo-byte) 20 1 Mbyte = 2 byte = 1.048.576 byte (mega-byte) 30 1 Gbyte = 2 byte = 1.073.741.824 byte (giga-byte)


589 cable. A unit of distance originally equal to the length of a ship's anchor cable, but now generally considered to be about 600 FEET. In the British Navy it is 608 FEET, or exactly one-tenth of a NAUTICAL MILE. In the United States Navy it is 720 FEET but is infrequently used. Sometimes called cable length. A chain or very strong fibre or wire rope used to anchor or moor vessels or BUOYS. A stranded conductor or an assembly of two or more electric conductors insulated from each other, but laid up together with a strong, waterproof covering. cable: coaxial. A transmission cable consisting of two concentric conductors insulated from each other. cable: degaussing. CABLE carrying an electric current for degaussing a vessel. cable: leader. CABLE lying on the BOTTOM and carrying an electric current by which ships equipped with appropriate instruments, can be guided. cable: submarine. An insulated, waterproof wire or bundle of wires for carrying an electric current under water. cable buoy. See BUOY. cable length. See CABLE. cable sign. A sign on a post marking the point from which a cable runs under water. C/A Code. The standard (Coarse/Acquisition, or Clear/Access) GPS code; a sequence of 1023 pseudo-random binary biphase modulations on the GPS carrier at a chip rate of 1.023 MHz, thus having a code repetition period of one millisecond. See also P-CODE. cadastral map. See MAP. cadastral survey. See SURVEY. cadastre. A public record of the extent, value, and ownership of LAND for purposes of taxation. cairn. A mound of STONES, usually conical or pyramidal, raised as a LANDMARK or to designate a point of importance in SURVEYING. caisson. A steel structure used for closing the entrance of LOCKS, WET and DRY DOCKS. See also LOCK GATE. calcareous (adj.). Composed of or containing calcium or calcium carbonate. calculator. A machine for performing arithmetical operations usually more complex than that done by an adding machine; a calculating machine, which may be mechanical, electrical, electronic or a combination of all three. A person who calculates. calendar line. See DATE LINE. calibrate (v.t.). To fix, check or correct the GRADUATIONS of a measuring instrument. To determine the calibre of. calibrated focal length. See FOCAL LENGTH. calibration. The act or process of determining certain specific measurements in an instrument or device by comparison with a STANDARD, for the purpose of correcting or compensating ERRORS or for purposes of record. calibration: direct base. The calibration of a positioning system with the help of one or more baselines of known length, which is determined with an instrument having an accuracy superior to that of the positioning system. calibration: direct simultaneous. The calibration of a positioning system at the same time when the distances used for calibration are measured using another system or instrument of superior accuracy.

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centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system. The system of physical units in which the fundamental units of length, mass and TIME are the centimetre, GRAM and SECOND, respectively. central meridian. See MERIDIAN: INITIAL. central processing unit (CPU). In computers in general the unit that comprises the arithmetic logic unit and the control unit. centre: reduction to. See REDUCTION. centre of buoyancy. See BUOYANCY. centre of gravity. See GRAVITY. centrifugal force. The force with which a body moving under constraint along a curved PATH reacts to the constraint. Equal and opposite to the CENTRIPETAL FORCE. centripetal force. The force directed towards the centre of curvature which constrains a body to move in a curved PATH. Equal and opposite to the CENTRIFUGAL FORCE. centrosphere. The central CORE of the EARTH, composed of dense material, and making up most of its mass. Also called barysphere or CORE. cesium clock. See CLOCK: CESIUM. cesium magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. C-factor (U.S.A.). In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, an empirical value which expresses the vertical measuring capability of a given stereoscopic system; generally defined as the ratio of the flight height to the smallest CONTOUR INTERVAL accurately plottable. The C-factor is not a fixed constant but varies over a considerable RANGE, according to the elements and conditions of the photogrammetric system. In planning for AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, the C-factor is used to determine the flight height required for a specified CONTOUR INTERVAL, CAMERA, and instrument system. CGS system. See CENTIMETRE-GRAM-SECOND (CGS) SYSTEM. chain. A group of TRANSMITTERS broadcasting the same programme. In ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION, several related transmitting stations in geographic proximity (Decca chain, Loran chain, etc.). In DIGITAL data, a sequence of one or more line segments. chaining. See TAPING. chain adjustment. A mathematical adjustment of a whole series of figures, for example, a CHAIN OF TRIANGULATION. chain of triangulation. See TRIANGULATION: ARC OF. challenger. See INTERROGATOR. change of tide. A reversal of the direction of motion (rising or falling) of a TIDE. The expression is also sometimes applied to a reversal in the SET of a TIDAL CURRENT. Also called turn of the tide. See also STAND OF TIDE. channel. That part of a body of water (sometimes dredged) deep enough for NAVIGATION through an area otherwise not navigable. It is usually marked by a single or double line of BUOYS and sometimes by RANGES. The deepest part of a STREAM, BAY or STRAIT through which the main CURRENT flows. See also STRAIT. channel: frequency. A continuous portion of the frequency spectrum appropriate for a transmission utilizing a specified class of emission. channel: sea. A long, narrow, U-shaped or V-shaped shallow depression of the SEA FLOOR usually occurring on a gently sloping PLAIN or FAN. A continuously sloping, elongated DEPRESSION commonly found in CONES or ABYSSAL PLAINS and customarily bordered by levees on one or both sides.

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character. As pertains to typography, a graphic symbol such as a letter of the alphabet, figure, punctuation mark or sign employed in recording language. In data processing, an element of a CODE set used for representing information. characteristics of light. All particularities of a LIGHT, such as colour, PERIOD, group number, VISIBILITY, HEIGHT above SEA LEVEL and CHARACTER. Also called light characteristics. See also GROUP. character of light. The distinct character, such as fixed, flashing, or occulting, which is given to each LIGHT to avoid confusion with neighbouring ones. character (or characteristics) of the bottom. See BOTTOM: NATURE OF. chart. A special-purpose MAP generally designed for NAVIGATION or other particular purposes. See CHART: NAUTICAL, PAPER. chart: aeronautical. A representation of a portion of the EARTH, its CULTURE and RELIEF, specifically designed to meet the requirements of AIR NAVIGATION. chart: bathymetric. A topographic CHART of the BED of a body of water, or a part of it. Generally, bathymetric charts show DEPTHS by CONTOUR LINES and GRADIENT TINTS. chart: blank. A chart with a reduced amount of detail serving as cartographic basis for graphical documents of all kinds and for the depiction of reference data. chart: coast (or coastal). A NAUTICAL CHART intended for inshore COASTWISE NAVIGATION. chart: cotidal. A CHART showing COTIDAL LINES. chart: current. A CHART on which current data are graphically depicted. chart: datum. A CHART depicting the undulations of the GEOID. chart: fair. See FAIR CHART. chart: field. A NAUTICAL CHART prepared at the survey site, usually contains limited, and/or unedited information. chart: fishery. A chart with additional details required for the exploitation of marine natural resources. chart: general. A NAUTICAL CHART intended for offshore COASTWISE NAVIGATION. chart: gnomonic. A CHART on the GNOMONIC PROJECTION. Also called great circle chart. chart: geophysical. A chart which primarily shows parameters of geophysical nature. chart: gravity anomaly. A CHART on which current GRAVITY ANOMALIES are graphically depicted. chart: great circle. See CHART: GNOMONIC. chart: grid. A chart only showing a cartographic grid on its inner border. chart: harbour. A NAUTICAL CHART intended for NAVIGATION and ANCHORAGE in HARBOURS and small WATERWAYS. chart: hydrographic. See CHART: NAUTICAL. chart: index. An outline CHART showing the limits and identifying designation of navigational CHARTS, volumes of SAILING DIRECTIONS, or LIST OF LIGHTS. chart: layer depth. A chart showing the synoptic distribution of LAYER DEPTHS. chart: magnetic. A CHART showing for an established EPOCH the values of such magnetic elements as VARIATION, DIP, HORIZONTAL and VERTICAL INTENSITY of the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD, and TOTAL MAGNETIC INTENSITY.



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chart evaluation survey. The Chart Evaluations Surveys (CES) program is designed to: 1. Resolve all deficiencies reported or discovered. (A deficiency is defined as charted information that can be made more complete through field examination, or information which should be charted but is not.) 2. Evaluate the adequacy/accuracy of hydrographic information on existing charts. 3. Verify or revise information published in the appropriate Coast Pilot. 4. Conduct user evaluation and public relations efforts to provide an awareness of products and obtain user input. chartlet. A small auxiliary CHART giving new details on a particular area, to be added to the CHART after publication. Also called block correction or chart amendment patch. A small CHART, such as one showing the coverage area of electronic navigational systems, with the distribution of its LINES OF POSITION, CORRECTIONS to be applied to readings, location and identification of TRANSMITTERS, etc. chart portfolio. A systematic grouping of nautical charts covering a specific geographical area. chart production. All processes in the design, compilation, draughting and reproduction of a chart. chart projection. See PROJECTION. chart reading. Interpretation of the symbols, lines, abbreviations, and terms appearing on charts. May be called map reading when applied to maps generally. chart scale. See SCALE. chart sounding datum. The tidal datum to which soundings and drying heights on a chart are referred. It is usually taken to correspond to a low water stage of the tide. Often shortened to CHART DATUM, especially when it is clear that reference is not being made to a horizontal datum. chart symbol. A character, letter, or similar graphic representation used on a chart to indicate some object, characteristic, etc. May be called map symbol when applied to any map. check angle. A third angle taken to a fourth point as a check to a THREE-POINT FIX. check lines of sounding. SOUNDING LINES run after completing the main system of SOUNDING LINES for the purpose of checking them. See also CROSS LINES OF SOUNDING. chlorinity. The total amount in GRAMS of chlorine, bromine and iodine contained in one KILOGRAM of SEA WATER, assuming that the bromine and the iodine had been replaced by chlorine. See SALINITY. chlorophyll. The green pigment contained in the leaves of plants. See PHOTOSYNTHESIS. chlorosity. The property of SEA WATER corresponding to the CHLORINITY expressed as GRAMS per LITRE at 20 . choppy (adj.). Of the SEA, having short, abrupt, breaking WAVES dashing against each other. choppy sea. The state of the sea caused by interaction of waves running in different directions. chromatic aberration. See ABERRATION OF LIGHT. chromatism. See ABERRATION OF LIGHT. chromosphere. The reddish LAYER of incandescent gases around the SUN, visible at a TOTAL ECLIPSE. A similar LAYER surrounding a STAR. chronograph. An instrument for measuring and recording TIME or time intervals. chronometer. A portable timekeeper with a compensated balance, capable of showing TIME with extreme PRECISION and ACCURACY. chronometer: sidereal. A CHRONOMETER that indicates SIDEREAL TIME at a given place, or that corresponding to a given MERIDIAN. chronometer: standard. The CHRONOMETER with which the others aboard a vessel are compared and to which all OBSERVATIONS involving TIME are referred.


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circular radiobeacon station. A RADIO STATION which needs not necessarily be manned, the emissions of which, radiated around the HORIZON, enable its BEARING to be determined by means of the RADIO DIRECTION FINDER of a ship. circum-meridian altitude. See ALTITUDE: EX-MERIDIAN. circumpolar (adj.). Revolving about the ELEVATED POLE without setting. A CELESTIAL BODY is circumpolar when its POLAR DISTANCE is approximately equal to or less than the LATITUDE of the observer. The actual limit is extended somewhat by the combined effect of REFRACTION, SEMIDIAMETER, PARALLAX, and the HEIGHT of the observer's eye above the HORIZON. cirrocumulus. See CLOUD GENERA. cirrostratus. See CLOUD GENERA. cirrus. See CLOUD GENERA. civil day. See DAY. civil time. See TIME. civil twilight. See TWILIGHT. civil year. See YEAR. clamping error. See ERROR. clamp (or clamping) screw. A screw for holding in place a moving part of an instrument as during an OBSERVATION or reading with a THEODOLITE or SEXTANT. clamshell snapper. See SNAPPER. clapotis. The French equivalent for a type of STANDING WAVE. Clarke's spheroid. See REFERENCE SPHEROID. clay. Mineralogically, a hydrous aluminium silicate material with plastic properties and a crystal structure. As a size term, refers to sediment particles ranging from 0.0039 to 0.00024 millimeter, in which case it includes rock flour, calcareous muds, aragonite, etc. clean (adj.). Free from OBSTRUCTIONS, unevenness, imperfections, as a clean ANCHORAGE. clear (v.t.). To make such distance from an object as to have open sea-room. clearance. In NAVIGATION, a safe distance off a danger. In METEOROLOGY: a) decrease of total CLOUD AMOUNT when the latter is large; b) TIME at which this decrease takes place; c) gap in a cloud layer covering the entire sky. Also called clearing. clearance: bridge. Minimum vertical or horizontal space available for passage. clearance: overhead pipeline. Minimum vertical or horizontal space available for passage. clearance: safe overhead. The HEIGHT above the VERTICAL CONTROL DATUM at which the highest points of a ship can pass under an overhead power CABLE without risk of electrical discharge from the cable to the ship or without making contact with a BRIDGE. cleared depth. The effective depth over a feature, obtained by a wire drag survey. clearing. See CLEARANCE. clearing line. A straight line, on a CHART, that marks the BOUNDARY between a safe and a dangerous area; or that passes clear of a navigational danger. Sectors of lighthouse lights are usually bounded by them. clearing marks. Selected MARKS, natural or otherwise, used to help vessels keep clear of dangers.

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compilation. In CARTOGRAPHY, the production of a new or improved MAP or CHART (or portion thereof) from existing MAPS or CHARTS, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, SURVEYS, new DATA, and other sources. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the production of a MAP (or portion of a MAP) from AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS and geodetic control data, by means of photogrammetric instruments. Sometimes called stereocompilation. compilation diagram. See SOURCE DIAGRAM. compiler. A program that translates programs from one programming language (source program) into another programming language (object program). Typically the compiler translates from a higher, user understandable language to a lower, machine interpretable language. component. See HARMONIC CONSTITUENT. composite electronic navigational system. One contrived in such a way that the POSITION is determined by lines of different types, for instance, by a LATTICE of circles and a LATTICE of HYPERBOLAE. composite path. A wave track which lies partly over LAND and partly over water. composite photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. composite sailing. See SAILING. compound tide. See TIDE. compression (of the earth). See FLATTENING OF THE EARTH. compression ratios. See FLATTENING OF THE EARTH. compressional wave. See WAVE. computer. A person who performs calculations. A device capable of accepting DATA, processing it according to stored instruction that are followed in automatic sequence, and supplying the results in some form. It usually consists of input and output devices, STORAGE, arithmetic and logical units, and a control unit. computer: analogue. A physical device or system which behaves in a manner analogous to some system under study, simulating the processes and producing results which are measured in terms of physical quantities. Often an electrical system. computer: digital. A machine for carrying out mathematical processes by operations based on counting, as distinct from an ANALOGUE COMPUTER. computer-assisted (computer-aided) cartography. A system which is used to perform specific cartographic function by means of computer hardware and software which aids humans to make decisions and/or perform their functions. Because of the graphic nature of cartography, such a system always contains, or makes use of, a computer graphics system. computer graphics. All methods and techniques used in computer sciences to represent data in graphical form and to process images. concentration: ice. See ICE. concluded angle. See ANGLE. condenser. In optics, a LENS or LENS SYSTEM designed to concentrate the ILLUMINATION from a light source on a limited area. In electricity, a device for receiving and storing an electric charge. Also called a capacitor. condition equation. See EQUATION. conductivity. The ability to transmit, as electricity, heat, sound etc. cone. See FAN. configuration of terrain. The TOPOGRAPHY of a region.

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differential mode. A method of accurate positioning; transmissions of an electromagnetic position fixing system are received at known positions ashore and the offsets between absolute known positions and system positions are transmitted to the ship in the vicinity. The offsets are applied to the measurements of the ship's receiver. differential shrinkage. In mapping, the difference in unit contraction along the grain structure of the material as compared to the unit contraction across the grain structure; frequently refers to photographic film and papers and to map materials in general. diffraction. The bending of the RAYS of RADIANT ENERGY around the edges of an obstacle, or when passing near the edges of an opening, or through a small hole or slit, resulting in the formation of a SPECTRUM, or arrangement by WAVE LENGTH of component WAVES, producing, for visible WAVE LENGTHS, the chromatic SPECTRUM. The bending of a WAVE as it passes an obstruction. digital. A method of representing information by combinations of discrete and discontinuous data. digital chart. See ELECTRONIC CHART. digital computer. See COMPUTER. digital imagery processing system. A system which processes images which are stored in digital form. digital terrain model (DTM). A model representing the terrain surface by a collection of digital data, mainly coordinates in three dimensions, x, y, and z, and a digitally defined method to interpolate arbitrary terrain heights in between the stored values. Not to be confused with digital cartographic model which may also contain digital data representing terrain, but in a form suitable for the drawing of a particular kind of map. digitization (or digitisation). The process of converting analog data to digital data. digitizer. A computer aided device equipped with a digitizing table and a CURSOR for digitally capturing graphical data (pictures, charts), usually based on vector-techniques (as opposed to a SCANNER). The digitizing table consists of a gridded electrical network under the table's surface which allows an automatic computation of the planar x/y coordinates of a cursor's position. Lines are sequentially scanned by moving the cursor along the position and identifying the appropriate symbol on a menu. dike (or dyke). An artificial ditch to hold, or control the FLOW of water. An artificial EMBANKMENT to contain or hold back water. In GEOLOGY, a tabular body of IGNEOUS ROCK molded from molten ROCK within a fissure. dilution of precision (DOP). A parameter relating the precision of the position (and/or an unknown auxiliary) provided by a positioning system to that of the "observed quantities" directly measured by the system. DOP is a measure of the influence of the geometry of loci on the precision of position fixing. DOP is frequently used with a qualifying term such as geometric (GDOP), horizontal (HDOP), vertical (VDOP) etc. to indicate that DOP is related to all or some unknown quantities. diopter. A unit of refractive power of an optical system in the SI system. dioptric light. See LIGHT. dip. The vertical angle, at the eye of an observer between the horizontal and the LINE OF SIGHT to the APPARENT HORIZON. Also called dip of the horizon or depression of the horizon. The angle between the horizontal and the LINES OF FORCES of the EARTH's MAGNETIC FIELD at any point. Also called magnetic dip or magnetic inclination. dip circle. An instrument for measuring MAGNETIC DIP. It consists essentially of a DIP NEEDLE or MAGNETIC NEEDLE, suspended in such manner as to be free to rotate about a horizontal AXIS. Also called INCLINOMETER, or dipping compass. See also EARTH INDUCTOR. dip correction. That CORRECTION to SEXTANT ALTITUDE due to the DIP OF THE HORIZON. Also called height of eye correction. dip (or dipping) needle. A MAGNETIC NEEDLE suspended in such a manner as to be free to rotate about a horizontal AXIS. See DIP CIRCLE.



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dip of a sea horizon. The vertical angle, at the eye of an observer, between the horizontal and the line of sight to the sea horizon. dip of the horizon. See DIP. dipping compass. See DIP CIRCLE. dipsey lead. See LEAD: DEEP SEA. direction. In SURVEYING and mapping, the angle between a line or plane and an arbitrarily chosen REFERENCE LINE or PLANE. direction: base. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the DIRECTION of the vertical plane containing the AIR BASE which might be expressed as a BEARING or an AZIMUTH. direction: grid. Horizontal DIRECTION expressed as ANGULAR DISTANCE from GRID NORTH. directional antenna. See ANTENNA. directional gyroscope. See GYROSCOPE. directional (or directed) radiobeacon station. A special type of radiobeacon station the emissions of which are intended to provide a definite TRACK for GUIDANCE. direction finder. See RADIO DIRECTION FINDER. direction (or directional) light. See LIGHT. direction method of observation. A method of observing angular relationships wherein the graduated CIRCLE is held in a fixed position, and the DIRECTIONS of the various SIGNALS are observed around the HORIZON. Thus, DIRECTIONS are pointings whereby angles are found by the differences in DIRECTION. direction of current. The direction toward which a CURRENT is flowing, called the SET of the CURRENT. Also called current direction. direction of gravity. See GRAVITY. direction of movement of the waves. Direction from which the WAVES arrive at a fixed point. direction of relative movement. See RELATIVE MOTION. direction of the force of gravity. See GRAVITY: DIRECTION OF. direction of tilt. The DIRECTION (AZIMUTH) of the PRINCIPAL PLANE of a PHOTOGRAPH. Also, the DIRECTION of the PRINCIPAL LINE on a PHOTOGRAPH. direction of traffic flow: established. A traffic flow pattern indicating the directional movement of traffic as established within a traffic separation scheme. direction of traffic flow: recommended. A traffic flow pattern indicating a recommended directional movement of traffic where it is impractical or unnecessary to adopt an established direction of traffic flow. direction of wind. Direction from which the WIND blows. Also called wind direction. direction theodolite. See THEODOLITE. direct levelling. See LEVELLING. direct wave. See WAVE. disc (U.S. disk). Rotating storage medium composed of one or two usable surfaces or a vertical assembly of such discs with a common axis. Typically discs combine high storage volumes and short access time allowing fast access to data which is distributed randomly over the medium.

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drying heights. HEIGHTS above SOUNDING DATUM, of any areas (BANKS, FORESHORES, ROCKS, etc.) which dry at LOW WATER. drying line. The line marking the transit from water to land; usually the low-water line. drying reef. A reef or part thereof which dries at low water. dry proof. An impression of a CHART pulled from the engraved PLATE onto a dry sheet of paper. This impression is fainter than a damp-pulled copy and unsuitable for ordinary use but is free from DISTORTION. duck blinds. Nonfloating structures used for concealing waterfowl hunters. They usually consist of a wooden framework covered with brush. They are essentially unreported to any charting authority when built. They are unlighted and often constructed in navigable water without regard to the possible hazard they pose, especially to the small craft operator. Many are substantial structures built on piles. Even after they are eventually reduced to ruins the pilings may persist for years. duct. A LAYER in the OCEAN or ATMOSPHERE where REFRACTION and, probably, REFLECTION result in the trapping and propagation within the LAYER of SOUND WAVES or ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES. due publicity. Notification of a given action for general information through appropriate authorities within a reasonable amount of time in a suitable manner. Used in the context of the United Nations' Law of the Sea Convention. dumb compass. See PELORUS. dumping ground. See SPOIL GROUND. dumpy level. See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: DUMPY LEVEL. dune. A mound, RIDGE or HILL of drifted SAND on the sea coast or in a desert. See SAND DUNE and DOWN. duplex. A method in which TELECOMMUNICATION between two STATIONS can take place in both directions simultaneously. duplexer. A switching device used to connect a TRANSMITTER and a RECEIVER to the same ANTENNA. duration of fall. See DURATION OF RISE AND FALL. duration of flood and duration of ebb. Duration of flood is the interval of time in which a tidal current is flooding, and the duration of ebb is the interval in which it is ebbing; these intervals being reckoned from the middle of the intervening slack waters or minimum currents. Together they cover, on an average, a period of 12.42 hours for a semidiurnal tidal current or a period of 24.84 hours for a diurnal current. In a normal semidiurnal tidal current, the duration of flood and duration of ebb will each be approximately equal to 6.21 hours, but the times may be modified greatly by the presence of a non-tidal flow. In a river the duration of ebb is usually longer than the duration of flood because of the fresh water discharge, especially during the spring months when snow and ice melt are the predominant influences. duration of rise and duration of fall. Duration of rise is the interval from low water to high water, and duration of fall is the interval from high water to low water. Together they cover, on an average, a period of 12.42 hours for a semidiurnal tide or a period of 24.84 hours for a diurnal tide. In a normal semidiurnal tide, the duration of rise and duration of fall will each be approximately equal to 6.21 hours, but in shallow waters and in rivers there is a tendency for a decrease in the duration of rise and a corresponding increase in the duration of fall. duration of tide. The time interval between LOW WATER and the following HIGH WATER or between HIGH WATER and the following LOW WATER. dust. Any substance comminuted or pulverized, especially EARTH or other solid matter in a minute and fine state of subdivision, so that the particles are small and light enough to be easily raised and carried in a CLOUD by the WIND. duststorm. Ensemble of particles of DUST or SAND energetically lifted to great HEIGHTS by a strong and turbulent WIND. Also called sandstorm. Also written as two words. Dutchman's log. See LOG.

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great circle: primary. See PRIMARY GREAT CIRCLE. great circle bearing. See BEARING. great circle chart. See CHART: GNOMONIC. great circle course. See COURSE. great circle sailing. See SAILING. great circle track. See TRACK. great diurnal range. See RANGE: DIURNAL. greatest elongation. See ELONGATION. great tropic range. See RANGE. Greenwich civil time. See TIME: GREENWICH MEAN. Greenwich hour angle. See HOUR ANGLE. Greenwich mean time (GMT). See TIME. Greenwich meridian. See MERIDIAN. Greenwich time. See TIME. grid. A series of lines, usually straight and parallel, superimposed on a CHART or PLOTTING SHEET to serve as a directional reference for NAVIGATION. See also GRATICULE. Two sets of mutually perpendicular lines dividing a MAP, CHART, or other representation of the EARTH's surface, into squares or rectangles to permit location of any point by a system of RECTANGULAR COORDINATES. In electronics, an electrode with one or more openings to permit passage of electrons or ions. grid: parallactic. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a uniform pattern of rectangular lines drawn or engraved on some transparent material, usually glass, and placed either over the PHOTOGRAPHS of a STEREOSCOPIC PAIR or in the OPTICAL SYSTEM of a STEREOSCOPE, in order to provide a continuous floating-mark system. grid: perspective. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a network of lines, drawn or superimposed on a PHOTOGRAPH, to represent the perspective of a systematic network of lines on the GROUND or DATUM PLANE. See also GRID METHOD. grid: Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM). A grid system in which a grid network is applied to TRANSVERSE o MERCATOR PROJECTIONS of zones of the EARTH's surface extending to 80 N. and S. LATITUDES. grid azimuth. See AZIMUTH. grid bearing. See BEARING. grid coordinates. See COORDINATES. grid course. See COURSE. grid declination. The angular difference in DIRECTION between GRID NORTH and TRUE NORTH. It is measured east or west from TRUE NORTH. grid direction. See DIRECTION. gridiron. See CAREENING GRID. grid magnetic angle. See VARIATION: GRID. grid meridian. See MERIDIAN.




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grid method. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a method of plotting detail from OBLIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS by superimposing a perspective of a map grid on a PHOTOGRAPH and transferring the detail by eye, that is, by using the corresponding lines of the map grid and its perspective as placement guides. See also GRID: PERSPECTIVE. grid navigation. See NAVIGATION. grid north. See NORTH. grid ticks. Short lines indicating where selected grid lines intersect the NEAT LINE. grid variation. See VARIATION. grivation. See VARIATION: GRID. groin (or groyne). A low artificial wall-like structure of durable material extending from the LAND to seaward for a particular purpose, such as to protect the COAST or to force a CURRENT to scour a CHANNEL. Sometimes called a rip-rap in New England waters. gross error. See ERROR. ground. The BOTTOM of the SEA. The solid surface of the EARTH. ground (v.t. and i.). To touch BOTTOM or run aground. See STRAND. ground control. See CONTROL. ground control point. See CONTROL POINT. ground distance. The great-circle distance between two ground positions, as contrasted with SLANT DISTANCE. Also called ground range. ground effects. Influence exerted by the GROUND on the propagation of ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES. ground ice. See ANCHOR ICE. ground layer. Thin layer of air adjacent to the EARTH's surface and of a depth which has been variously given as 10 m to 100 m. Also called surface boundary layer. ground log. See LOG. ground nadir. See NADIR. ground parallel. See PARALLEL. ground photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH: TERRESTRIAL. ground plane. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the horizontal plane passing through the GROUND NADIR of a CAMERA STATION. ground range. See GROUND DISTANCE. ground resolution. See RESOLUTION. ground speed. In AIR NAVIGATION, the rate of motion of an aircraft along its TRACK with relation to the GROUND. See also AIR SPEED. ground survey. See SURVEY. ground swell. A long high ocean swell; also, this SWELL as it rises to prominent HEIGHT in SHALLOW WATER, however, usually not so high or dangerous as BLIND ROLLERS. ground truth. The information acquired by a field study to calibrate or verify geographical data acquired by remote sensing.

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2166 hachures. Short lines drawn on a CHART or MAP for representing RELIEF. These lines are drawn in the direction of the SLOPE and intensified on the shaded side of the feature assuming the area is illuminated from the north-west. Unlike the CONTOUR LINES. they give no indication of the actual HEIGHT of LAND above SEA LEVEL. See also HILL SHADING. hack watch. See WATCH. hail. PRECIPITATION of small balls or pieces of ICE (HAILSTONES) with a diameter ranging from 5 to 50 mm (0.2 to 2.0 in) or sometimes more, falling either separately or agglomerated into irregular lumps. hailstone. Globule or piece of ICE, with a diameter varying between 5 and 50 mm or even more, the fall of which constitutes HAIL. Hailstones consist almost entirely of transparent ICE, or of a series of LAYERS of transparent ICE with a thickness of at least 1 mm, alternating with translucent LAYERS. halation. In PHOTOGRAPHY, a spreading of a photographic IMAGE beyond its proper boundaries, due especially to REFLECTION from the side of the film or plate support opposite to that on which the EMULSION is coated. Particularly noticeable in PHOTOGRAPHS of bright objects against a darker background. half byte. 4 bits of a 8 BIT BYTE; usually used to encode the figures 0....9. half convergency. See ARC TO CHORD CORRECTION. half tide. See TIDE. half tide level. The LEVEL midway between MEAN HIGH WATER and MEAN LOW WATER. It may differ slightly from MEAN SEA LEVEL. Also called mean tide level. halftone. In PHOTOGRAPHY or printing, a technique in which the solid IMAGE is broken up by the use of a screen into evenly spaced dots of equal density but of varying size. This gives an illusion of continuous tone. halo (solar, lunar). Group of optical PHENOMENA, in the form of rings, arcs, pillars or bright spots, produced by the REFRACTION or REFLECTION of light by ice crystals suspended in the ATMOSPHERE (cirriform CLOUDS, ICE FOG, etc.). halo: large (halo of 46 ). HALO much less frequent and always less luminous than the SMALL HALO. It comprises a o faintly luminous ring centered on the SUN or MOON and has an apparent radius of 46 . halo: small (halo of 22 ). White, or mostly white, luminous ring of 22 radius with the luminary at its centre. The small halo shows a faint red fringe on the inside and, in some rare cases, a violet fringe on the outside. The portion of the sky inside the ring is conspicuously darker than the rest of the sky. halocline. A vertical GRADIENT of salinity (which is usually positive) in some LAYER of the body of water, which is appreciably greater than the GRADIENTS above and below it. hand lead. See LEAD. hand lead sounding. See SOUNDING. hanging compass. See COMPASS. hanging traverse. See TRAVERSE: OPEN. harbour (or harbor). A natural or artificially improved body of water providing protection for vessels, and generally ANCHORAGE and docking facilities. See also PORT. harbour: inner. The part of a HARBOUR more remote from the SEA, as contrasted with the OUTER HARBOUR. These expressions are usually used only in a HARBOUR that is clearly divided into two parts, as by a narrow passageway or man-made structures. The inner harbour generally has additional protection and is often the principal berthing area. harbour: island. A HARBOUR formed, or mainly protected, by ISLANDS.
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headland. A high steep PROMONTORY. Usually called HEAD when coupled with a specific name. head sea. A SEA in which the WAVES move in a direction approximately opposite to the HEADING. headwater(s). The STREAMS from the sources and upper parts of a RIVER. headway. Motion in a forward direction. Also called SEAWAY. head wind. WIND which blows in a direction opposite to that in which an object is moving, with respect to the EARTH's surface. heat equator. See EQUATOR: THERMAL. heat lightning. Lightning flash at a distance which may be observed as a short illumination of the sky or of a CLOUD, close to the HORIZON. heat wave. Marked warming of the air, or the invasion of very warm air, over a large area. heave. The oscillatory rise and fall of a ship due to the entire hull being lifted by the force of the sea. heave compensation. The removal of the effect of wave motion from the recorded seabed profile. heavenly body. See CELESTIAL BODY. heel. Transverse INCLINATION of a vessel due to the action of WAVES, WIND, a greater WEIGHT on one side, etc. See also LIST. heeling error. See ERROR. heeling magnet. A permanent MAGNET placed vertically in a tube under the centre of a marine MAGNETIC COMPASS, to correct for HEELING ERROR. height. The vertical distance of a LEVEL, a point, or an object considered as a point, measured from a specified DATUM. The vertical dimension of an object. height finder. A stereoscopic RANGE FINDER so constructed as to indicate vertical HEIGHTS rather than SLANT RANGE. height of cloud base. HEIGHT above the EARTH's surface, at a given point, of the base of the lowest CLOUD whose CLOUD AMOUNT exceeds a given value. Called ceiling in U.S. terminology. height of eye correction. See DIP CORRECTION. height of tide. The vertical distance from the CHART DATUM to the level of the water at any TIME. heliocentric parallax. See PARALLAX: ANNUAL. heliograph. A device for reflecting the SUN's RAYS from one point to another for sending messages. In METEOROLOGY, instrument which records the time interval during which solar RADIATION reaches sufficient intensity to cast distinct shadows. Also called sunshine recorder. heliostat. An instrument composed of one or more plane MIRRORS, so mounted and arranged that a BEAM of sunlight may be reflected by it in any desired direction and kept there by continuous adjustment. It is used in geodetic SURVEYING for reflecting a BEAM of sunlight from a STATION towards another distant STATION, where it can be observed with a THEODOLITE. Also called heliotrope, or Galton's sun signal. heliotrope. See HELIOSTAT. heli pad. A site on which helicopters may land and take off. helium magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. Helmert spheroid. See REFERENCE SPHEROID.

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hemispherical map. See MAP. henry. The unit of electrical inductance in the SI SYSTEM. hertz. A unit of FREQUENCY in the SI SYSTEM. See also CYCLE PER SECOND. hertzian waves. See WAVE(S): RADIO. high. See ANTICYCLONE. higher high water (H.H.W.). The higher of two HIGH WATERS occurring during a TIDAL DAY if the DIURNAL INEQUALITY prevails. higher high water interval. See LUNITIDAL INTERVAL. higher low water (H.L.W.). The higher of two LOW WATERS occurring during a TIDAL DAY if DIURNAL INEQUALITY prevails. higher low water interval. See LUNITIDAL INTERVAL. highest astronomical tide. The highest tidal level which can be predicted to occur under average meteorological conditions and under any combination of astronomical conditions. high frequency (HF). See FREQUENCY: RADIO. highland (or highlands). High or elevated LAND; a lofty HEADLAND or CLIFF. The mountainous or elevated part of any country; occasionally also in the names of geographical districts. high noon. See NOON: LOCAL APPARENT. high oblique photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. high seas. The open sea beyond the exclusive economic zone, the territorial sea or the archipelagic waters of an archipelagic state. high tide. See HIGH WATER. high water (H.W.). The highest LEVEL reached at a place by the water surface in one OSCILLATION. Also called high tide. high water: double. A HIGH WATER consisting of two maxima of nearly the same HEIGHT separated by a relatively small depression. See also TIDE: DOUBLE. high water: storm. The highest LEVEL to which the SEA rises during a STORM and usually marked by a line of DEBRIS high up on the BEACH. high water full and change (H.W.F. and C.). See ESTABLISHMENT. high water inequality. See DIURNAL INEQUALITY. high water interval. See LUNITIDAL INTERVAL. high water line. See HIGH WATER MARK. high water lunitidal interval (H.W.I.). See LUNITIDAL INTERVAL. high water mark. The mark left by the TIDE at HIGH WATER. The line or LEVEL reached, especially the highest line ever reached. Also called high water line. A permanent MARK which indicates the maximum observed stage of TIDE. high water quadrature (H.W.Q.). The average HIGH WATER INTERVAL when the MOON is at QUADRATURE. See LUNITIDAL INTERVAL. high water stand. See STAND OF TIDE.

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isometric latitude. See LATITUDE. isometric parallel. See PARALLEL. isopleth. An ISOGRAM of equal or constant value of a given quantity, with respect to either time or space. isopor. See ISOPORIC LINE. isoporic line. A line connecting points of equal annual rate of change of a MAGNETIC ELEMENT. Also called isopor. isopycnic (adj.). Of or pertaining to equal density. isopycnic (n.). See ISOPYCNIC LINE. isopycnic line. A line connecting points of equal density. Also called isopycnic. isoradial. A RADIAL from the ISOCENTRE. isostasy. A condition of approximate EQUILIBRIUM in the outer part of the EARTH, such that the gravitational effect of masses extending above the surface of the GEOID in continental areas is approximately counterbalanced by a deficiency of density in the material beneath those masses while the effect of deficiency of density in the ocean waters is counterbalanced by an excess of density in the material under the OCEANS. isostatic anomaly. The difference between an observed value of GRAVITY and a theoretical value at the point of OBSERVATION which has been corrected for ELEVATION of the STATION above the GEOID and for the effect of TOPOGRAPHY over the whole EARTH, and for its isostatic compensation. isotherm. In METEOROLOGY, the line which is the locus of points which have the same value of air temperature. isothermal (or isothermic) (adj.). Of or relating to equal temperature. isotope. Two or more nuclides having the same atomic number, hence constituting the same element, but differing in mass number. isotropic (or isotropus) (adj.). Having the same physical properties in all directions. isthmus. A narrow strip of LAND connecting two larger bodies of LAND.


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latitude: geocentric. The angle at the centre of the EARTH between the plane of the EQUATOR and a line to a point on the surface of the EARTH. latitude: geodetic. The angle which the NORMAL at a point on the SPHEROID makes with the plane of the GEODETIC EQUATOR. latitude: geographic(al). A general term, applying alike to ASTRONOMICAL and GEODETIC LATITUDES. latitude: geometric. See LATITUDE: PARAMETRIC. latitude: isometric. An auxiliary LATITUDE used in the conformal mapping of the SPHEROID on a sphere. latitude: magnetic. The angle whose tangent is one half the tangent of the magnetic inclination or DIP. latitude: parametric. The angle at the centre of a sphere which is tangent to the SPHEROID along the GEODETIC EQUATOR, between the plane of the EQUATOR and the radius to the point intersected on the sphere by a straight line perpendicular to the plane of the EQUATOR and passing through the point on the SPHEROID whose parametric latitude is defined. Parametric latitude is an auxiliary LATITUDE used in problems of GEODESY and CARTOGRAPHY. Also called reduced latitude, geometric latitude or eccentric angle. latitude: reduced. See LATITUDE: PARAMETRIC. latitude: terrestrial. ANGULAR DISTANCE from the EQUATOR, measured northward or southward through 90 and labelled N or S to indicate the direction of measurement. latitude factor. The change in LATITUDE along a CELESTIAL LINE OF POSITION per 1' change in LONGITUDE. latitude line. A LINE OF POSITION extending in a generally east-west direction. latitude scale. See SCALE. lattice. A pattern formed by two or more families of intersecting lines, such as HYPERBOLIC LINES OF POSITION or parts of circles, drawn on CHARTS, PLOTTING SHEETS or SOUNDING BOARDS. launch. Large open or half decked boat. lava. The fluid or semi-fluid matter flowing from a volcano. The substance that results from the cooling of the molten ROCK. Part of the ocean bed is composed of lava. layer. A single thickness, coat, fold or STRATUM. layer depth. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the thickness of the MIXED LAYER; or the DEPTH to the top of the THERMOCLINE. layer depth prediction. Predetermining the DEPTH to the top of the THERMOCLINE over a given ocean area. layering. A method of emphasizing on a CHART differences in HEIGHT or DEPTH by use of varying tints. Also referred to as layer tinting. layer of no motion. A LAYER, assumed to be at rest at some DEPTH in the OCEAN. layer tinting. See LAYERING. lead (ld). A heavy, soft, malleable, bluish-grey metallic chemical element. Anything made of this metal, such as a WEIGHT for sounding DEPTHS of water. lead (led). A navigable PASSAGE through ICE. The amount one cyclic motion is ahead of another, expressed in DEGREES. lead: deep sea. A heavy SOUNDING LEAD the WEIGHT of which may be varied from about 15 to over 50 kilos depending on the DEPTHS to be sounded. Also called dipsey lead. lead: drift. SOUNDING LEAD dropped to BOTTOM, to indicate movement of a vessel.


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lead: fish. A fish-shaped SOUNDING LEAD which reduces to a minimum the INCLINATION of the wire when trailed, making unnecessary its removal from the water between SOUNDINGS. lead: hand. A light SOUNDING LEAD (3 to 5 kilos) having usually a line of not more than 40 to 50 METRES. lead: sounding. A LEAD attached to a line used for measuring the DEPTH of water. Also called plummet. leader cable. See CABLE. leading light(s). See LIGHT. leading line (British terminology). A line passing through two or more clearly defined charted objects, and along which a vessel can approach safely. leading marks. (British terminology). AIDS TO NAVIGATION or other indicators so located as to indicate the path to be followed. Leading marks identify a LEADING LINE when they are in TRANSIT. See also RANGE. lead line. A line, graduated with attached MARKS and fastened to a SOUNDING LEAD, used for determining the DEPTH of water when making SOUNDINGS by hand. Generally used in DEPTHS of less than 45 METRES (25 FATHOMS). Lead lines are braided or left-laid. Also called sounding line. lead line correction. A CORRECTION to be applied to the DEPTHS taken with a rope LEAD LINE to take into account the shrinking and stretching. This difficulty has been overcome by inserting a wire heart in the rope. leadsman. A person using a SOUNDING LEAD to determine DEPTH of water. league. A varying measure of distance, usually about three MILES. leaper. See LIPPER. leap year. See YEAR: CIVIL. least count. The finest reading that can be made directly (without estimation) from a VERNIER or MICROMETER. least depth. The shoalest sounding value obtained on a feature. least squares. A method of adjusting OBSERVATIONS in which the sum of the squares of all the deviations or residuals derived in fitting the OBSERVATIONS to a mathematical model, is made a minimum. Least squares have also been designated as minimum squares. ledge. A shelf-like projection, on the side of a ROCK or MOUNTAIN. A rocky formation continuous with and fringing the SHORE. lee. That side towards which the WIND blows; the sheltered side. lee shore. SHORE that is to leeward of a vessel. See WEATHER SHORE. lee tide. See TIDE: LEEWARD. leeward (adj. and adv.). Toward the LEE, or in the general direction toward which the WIND is blowing. The opposite is WINDWARD. leeward tidal current. See TIDE: LEEWARD. leeward tide. See TIDE. leeway. The leeward motion of a vessel due to WIND. It may be expressed as distance, SPEED, or angular difference between COURSE steered and COURSE through the water. DRIFT ANGLE. Also called drift. leeway angle. The angle between true heading and track of a vessel caused by wind action. left bank. Of a RIVER, the BANK of the left-hand side as one proceeds downstream. left-right indicator. An instrument indicating the orthogonal distance of a position from a pre-defined track.

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leg. Each straight section of a TRAVERSE. One part of a craft's TRACK consisting of a single COURSE line. legend. A description, explanation, table of SYMBOLS, and other information, printed on a MAP or CHART to provide a better understanding and interpretation of it. The TITLE of a MAP or CHART formerly was considered part of the legend, but this usage is obsolete. length correction (tape). See TAPE: LENGTH CORRECTION. lens. A plane, convex, or concave combination of glass or transparent material surfaces adapted for changing the direction of LIGHT RAYS to enlarge or reduce the apparent size of objects. See ACHROMATIC LENS, APOCHROMATIC LENS, ANALLACTIC LENS, OBJECTIVE LENS, EYEPIECE, LENS ELEMENT, LENS SYSTEM, MAGNIFYING GLASS. lens axis. See AXIS OF LENS. lens distortion. See DISTORTION. lens element. One LENS of a complex LENS SYSTEM. lens system. The combination of two or more LENSES placed in series on the same PRINCIPAL AXIS. levee. An EMBANKMENT to prevent the overflow of a RIVER. A landing place, PIER, QUAY. A depositional EMBANKMENT bordering a CANYON, VALLEY or deep-sea channel. level. A horizontal plane or line; especially, such a plane taken as a basis for the measurement of ELEVATION. See SEA LEVEL, MEAN SEA LEVEL, HALF TIDE LEVEL, STILL WATER LEVEL. A level tract of land; a stretch of country approximately horizontal and unbroken by ELEVATIONS. In SURVEYING and LEVELLING, either a SPIRIT LEVEL or a LEVELLING INSTRUMENT. level (v.t.). To make perfectly horizontal by means of a LEVEL. level: bull's eye. See LEVEL: SPIRIT. level: circular. See LEVEL: SPIRIT. level: dumpy. See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: DUMPY LEVEL. level: plate. A SPIRIT LEVEL attached to the plate of a surveying instrument for the purpose of levelling the graduated CIRCLE or, indirectly, making the VERTICAL AXIS truly vertical. level: self aligning.See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: SELF ALIGNING LEVEL. level: spirit. A small closed vessel of glass (vial), having the inside surface of its upper part curved in form; the vessel is nearly filled with a fluid of low viscosity (alcohol or ether), enough free space being left for the formation of a bubble of air and gas, which will always assume a position at the top of the vessel. There are two types of spirit levels used in SURVEYING: one has the curved surface spherical in form, producing a bubble of circular outline; and is properly called a circular level (also universal level or bull's eye level). The other and much more generally used type has a vessel in the form of circular tube, the longitudinal axis of which is also circular in form. It is the type usually referred to when the term 'spirit level' is used. The spirit level is also called spirit bubble or sensitive bubble. level: striding. A SPIRIT LEVEL so mounted that it can be placed above and parallel with the HORIZONTAL AXIS of a surveying or astronomical instrument, and so supported that it can be used to measure the INCLINATION OF THE HORIZONTAL AXIS to the plane of the HORIZON. Generally, its mounting has supports in the form of inverted eyes which rest directly upon the pivots on which the TELESCOPE of the instrument rotates. level: tilting. See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: TILTING LEVEL. level: universal. See LEVEL: SPIRIT. level: Y. See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: Y LEVEL.


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light: revolving. See LIGHT: ROTATING. light: rhythmic. A signal LIGHT that shows intermittently, in any given direction, with a regular periodicity. Also referred to as intermittent light. light: rotating (or revolving). A LIGHT which has one or more BEAMS which rotate. light(s): runway. LIGHTS marking a RUNWAY. light: sector (or sectored). A LIGHT presenting different appearances (in particular, different colours) over various parts of the HORIZON of interest to maritime NAVIGATION. light: short-flashing. A FLASHING LIGHT having individual flashes of less than two seconds duration. light(s): tidal. LIGHTS shown at the ENTRANCE of a HARBOUR to indicate TIDE and TIDAL CURRENT conditions within the HARBOUR. light: undulating. A continuously luminous LIGHT which alternatively increases and decreases in brightness in cyclic sequence. light: unwatched. A navigational LIGHT, usually automatic in operation, without any permanently-stationed personnel to superintend it. light(s): vertical. Two or more LIGHTS disposed vertically to give a different CHARACTER or appearance. light (or lighted) beacon. See BEACON. light beam. A group of PENCILS of light, as those originating at the many points of an illuminated surface. A BEAM of parallel LIGHT RAYS is a special case in which each PENCIL is of such small cross-section that it may be regarded as a RAY. light (or lighted) buoy. See BUOY. light characteristics. See CHARACTERISTICS OF LIGHT. lighted sound buoy. See BUOY. light float. A boat-like structure used instead of a light buoy in waters where strong streams or currents are experienced, or when a greater elevation than that of a light buoy is necessary. lighthouse. A distinctive structure on or off a COAST exhibiting a major LIGHT designed to serve as an AID TO NAVIGATION. light list. See LIST OF LIGHTS. lightning. Luminous manifestations accompanying a sudden electrical discharge which takes place from or inside a CLOUD or, less often, from high structures on the GROUND or from MOUNTAINS. light pencil. A bundle of LIGHT RAYS originating at, or directed to, a single point. light ray. The geometrical concept of a single element of light propagated in a straight line and of infinitesimal crosssection; used in analytically tracing the path of light through an OPTICAL SYSTEM. light sector. A sector in which a navigational LIGHT is visible. See ARC OF VISIBILITY. lightship. A distinctively marked vessel anchored or moored at a charted point, to serve as an AID TO NAVIGATION. By night it displays a characteristic LIGHT(S), and is usually equipped with other devices, such as a FOG SIGNAL, SUBMARINE SOUND SIGNAL, and RADIOBEACON, to assist NAVIGATION. Also called light vessel. light vessel. See LIGHTSHIP. light-year. A unit of length equal to the distance light travels in one YEAR. This unit is used as a measure of stellar distance.

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Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH). A cargo carrying system using specially built ships and lighters. Cargoes are loaded into LASH lighters which are towed to a LASH ship where they are embarked. At their destination the LASH lighters are disembarked and towed away to their unloading berths. Special berths or anchorages are sometimes designated for LASH ships. limb. The graduated curved part of an instrument for measuring angles, as that part of a MARINE SEXTANT carrying the altitude scale, or arc. The circular outer edge of a CELESTIAL BODY. The half with the greatest ALTITUDE is called the upper limb and the half with the least ALTITUDE, the lower limb. limestone. A ROCK which consists chiefly of calcium carbonate. limnology. The scientific study of the biological, chemical, geographical, and physical features of fresh waters, especially of LAKES and PONDS. linear light. See LIGHT. linear parallax. See PARALLAX: ABSOLUTE STEREOSCOPIC. linear scale. See SCALE: BAR. linear speed. See SPEED. line of apsides. The line connecting the two orbital points (called apsides) that are nearest and farthest from the centre of attraction, as the PERIGEE and the APOGEE in the case of an ORBIT about the EARTH, and the PERIHELION and the APHELION in the case of an ORBIT about the SUN. line of collimation. See COLLIMATION. line of constant scale. Any line on a PHOTOGRAPH which is parallel to the TRUE HORIZON or to the ISOMETRIC PARALLEL. line of delimitation. A line drawn on a map or chart depicting the separation of any type of maritime jurisdiction. line of equidistance. See MEDIAN LINE. line of flow. The vector line showing the DIRECTION OF CURRENT at a given TIME. Also called STREAMLINE. line of force. A line indicating the direction in which a force acts, as in a MAGNETIC FIELD. See MAGNETIC LINES OF FORCE. line of levels. A continuous series of measured differences of ELEVATION. line of nodes. The straight line connecting the two points of intersection of the ORBIT of a PLANET, PLANETOID, or COMET and the ECLIPTIC, or the line of intersection of the planes of the ORBITS of a SATELLITE and its primary. See NODE. line of position. A line indicating a series of possible POSITIONS of a craft, determined by OBSERVATION or measurement. Also called position line. See CELESTIAL LINE OF POSITION, CIRCLE OF POSITION, COURSE LINE, ELECTRONIC LINE OF POSITION, FIX, HYPERBOLIC LINE OF POSITION, LATITUDE LINE, LEADING LINE, LONGITUDE LINE, RETIRED LINE OF POSITION, SONIC LINE OF POSITION, SPEED LINE, SUMNER LINE, SURFACE OF POSITION, VISUAL LINE OF POSITION. line of sight. The straight line between two points. This line is in the direction of a GREAT CIRCLE, but does not follow the curvature of the EARTH. See also COLLIMATION: LINE OF. line of sounding. A series of SOUNDINGS along a predetermined line, and at stated intervals, when SURVEYING. Also referred to as sounding line. See CHECK LINES, CROSS LINES, CROSS-SECTION LINES, INTER LINE, SPLIT LINE, STARRED LINES, TRACK LINE OF SOUNDING, SYSTEMS OF SOUNDING LINES. line spacing. Distance between sounding lines. Spacing usually depends on the type of survey, the instruments used, and the demanded accuracy. line squall. SQUALL which occurs along a SQUALL LINE.


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lipper. Slight ruffling or roughness on a water surface. Light spray from small WAVES. Also called leaper. liquid compass. See COMPASS. list. INCLINATION to one side, as of a vessel until she has found EQUILIBRIUM in an inclined position. Listing is a static condition, as distinguished from heeling which is dynamic. See HEEL. list of lights. A publication tabulating navigational LIGHTS, with their locations, CANDLE POWERS, CHARACTERISTICS, etc. to assist in their identification, and details of any accompanying FOG SIGNAL. A list of lights may contain other information useful to a navigator. Also called light list. list of radio signals. A publication tabulating and combining particulars of: coast radio stations, port radio stations, RADIO DIRECTION FINDING STATIONS, RADIOBEACONS, etc., as well as other information on radio services useful to a navigator. lithification. The process of induration, cementation, petrification, consolidation, and crystallization which convert MAGMA and newly deposited SEDIMENTS into ROCK. lithographic image. An ink-receptive image on the lithographic press plate, either photographic or direct hand or transfer image. The design or drawing on stone or metal plate. lithographic transfer. A PROOF of design or type matter pulled with special transfer ink on transfer paper from a LITHOGRAPHIC IMAGE or a relief image. Such PROOFS are used to transfer an IMAGE to the PLATE or stone. lithography. The art or process of printing from a flat stone or metal PLATE by a method based on the repulsion between grease and water. The original lithographic material was Bavarian LIMESTONE; but zinc and aluminium are now used. lithology. The scientific study of ROCKS. Literally, the science of STONES. lithosphere. The solid, rocky part of the EARTH; EARTH's CRUST distinguished from ATMOSPHERE, HYDROSPHERE. litre (or liter). The basic unit of capacity in the METRIC SYSTEM. It is equal to one cubic decimetre. littoral (adj.). Of or pertaining to a SHORE, especially of the SEA. littoral (n.). A coastal region. INTERTIDAL ZONE. local apparent noon. See NOON. local apparent time. See TIME. local attraction. LOCAL MAGNETIC DISTURBANCE. Also deflection of the PLUMB LINE due to a MOUNTAIN or other irregularity in EARTH's CRUST. local frequency oscillator. An oscillator used to derive an intermediate frequency by beating with the signal carrying frequency in Superheterodyne reception. local horizon. See HORIZON: APPARENT. local hour angle. See HOUR ANGLE. localizer. A radio facility which provides SIGNALS for lateral GUIDANCE of aircraft with respect to a RUNWAY centre line. local magnetic disturbance. An ANOMALY of the MAGNETIC FIELD of the EARTH, extending over a relatively small area, due to local magnetic influences. Also called local attraction or magnetic anomaly. local mean time. See TIME. local meridian. See MERIDIAN.

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local sidereal time. See TIME. local time. See TIME. local transit. See TRANSIT. loch. The Scottish term for (1) a LAKE, and (2) a FIORD. lock. A WET DOCK in a WATERWAY, permitting a ship to pass from one level to another. See TIDE LOCK. lock gate(s). Pair of massive hinged doors at each end of a LOCK. locking. In ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION, a term describing the condition of two TRANSMITTERS when their SIGNALS maintain a stable phase relationship. One STATION is then said to be locked to the other. locus (pl. loci). All possible positions of a point or curve satisfying stated conditions. log. An instrument for measuring the SPEED or distance or both travelled by a vessel. log (v.t.). Said of a ship moving at a specified SPEED according to the indications given by the LOG. log: chip. A LOG consisting essentially of a weighted wooden quadrant attached to a bridle in such a manner that it will float in a vertical position, and a LOG LINE, SPEED being measured by casting the quadrant overboard and counting the KNOTS in the line paid out in unit time. log: Dutchman's. A buoyant object thrown overboard to determine the SPEED of a vessel by timing its passage between two marks, of known distance apart, on the vessel. log: electric. A graphic recording of the various electrical properties of a SEDIMENT or ROCK through which a hole has been drilled. log: electric submerged. An electrically-operated LOG installed inside the hull of the vessel with a tube extending through the hull into the water. log: electromagnetic. A LOG consisting of a pulsating MAGNET mounted on a probe pointing downwards with two contacts on the sides of the probe. The movement of the water through the MAGNETIC FIELD is reflected by the contacts and the ripple of voltage thus induced can be converted to measure the SPEED of the craft. log: ground. A device for determining the COURSE and SPEED made good over the GROUND in SHALLOW WATER, consisting of a LEAD attached to a line. The LEAD is thrown overboard and allowed to rest on the BOTTOM. The COURSE being made good is indicated by the direction the line tends and the SPEED by the amount of line paid out in unit time. log: patent. Former name for a towed LOG. Any mechanical LOG, particularly a TAFFRAIL LOG. log: taffrail. A LOG consisting essentially of a rotator towed through the water by a braided LOG LINE attached to a distance registering device usually secured at the TAFFRAIL, the railing at the stern. Also called PATENT LOG. logarithmic scale. See SCALE. log book. Book in which events connected with the ship are entered. Also written as one word. log boom. Heavy logs chained or lashed together and moored or anchored so as to enclose and contain rafted logs. See also BOOM. log chip. The wooden quadrant forming part of a CHIP LOG. Also called log ship. log factor. The ratio represented by the true distance divided by the LOG distance. log factor scale. See SCALE. logging. 1. Gauging ship's speed with a log. 2. Record events.

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2978 2979 2980 madrepore. A branching or stag-horn CORAL, also any perforated stone coral. magenta (adj.). A mixture of red and blue in equal parts. magma. The molten material in a state of fusion under the CRUST of the EARTH from which IGNEOUS ROCKS are formed. magnet. A body which produces a MAGNETIC FIELD around itself. It has the property of attracting certain materials capable of being magnetized. See HEELING MAGNET. magnetic annual change. The amount of SECULAR CHANGE in the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD which occurs in one YEAR. Also referred to as annual change. magnetic annual variation. The small systematic TEMPORAL VARIATION in the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD which occurs after the trend for SECULAR CHANGE has been removed from the average monthly values. Also referred to as annual variation. magnetic anomaly. See LOCAL MAGNETIC DISTURBANCE. magnetic azimuth. See AZIMUTH. magnetic bearing. See BEARING. magnetic chart. See CHART. magnetic compass. See COMPASS. magnetic compensation. See COMPENSATION OF MAGNETIC COMPASS. magnetic compensator. See COMPENSATOR. magnetic course. See COURSE. magnetic daily (or diurnal) variation. OSCILLATIONS of the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD which have a periodicity of about a day and that depend to a close approximation only on LOCAL TIME and GEOGRAPHIC LATITUDE. magnetic declination. See VARIATION. magnetic deviation. See DEVIATION. magnetic dip. See DIP. magnetic element. VARIATION, DIP, or MAGNETIC INTENSITY. magnetic equator. See EQUATOR. magnetic field. The space in which a magnetic influence exists. magnetic field intensity. The magnetic force exerted on a UNIT MAGNETIC POLE placed at any specified point of space. It is a vector quantity. Its direction is taken as the direction toward which a north MAGNETIC POLE would tend to move under the influence of the field. Also called magnetic intensity, magnetic field strength. magnetic field strength. See MAGNETIC FIELD INTENSITY. magnetic inclination. See DIP. magnetic induction. The act or process by which material becomes magnetized when placed in a MAGNETIC FIELD. magnetic intensity. See MAGNETIC FIELD INTENSITY.




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mock-up. A model of something to be used for testing or study modulated wave. See WAVE. modulating wave. See WAVE. modulation. VARIATION of some characteristic of a WAVE, called the CARRIER WAVE, in accordance with instantaneous values of another WAVE, called the MODULATING WAVE. Variation of AMPLITUDE is amplitude modulation, variation of FREQUENCY is frequency modulation, and variation of PHASE is phase modulation. See MODULATION: PULSE and MODULATION: SPACE. modulation: amplitude. The process of changing the amplitude of a carrier wave in accordance with the variations of a modulating wave. modulation: frequency. Angle modulation of a sine-wave carrier in which the instantaneous frequency of the modulated wave differs from the carrier frequency by an amount proportional to the instantaneous value of the modulating wave. modulation: pulse. The process of forming very short bursts of a CARRIER WAVE, separated by relatively long periods during which no CARRIER WAVE is transmitted. modulation: sideband. A particular kind of amplitude modulation in which one of the two frequency bands on both sides of the carrier (and possibly the carrier itself) is suppressed, allowing a considerable reduction of the spectral width of the signal. modulation: space. The combining of SIGNALS in space to form a SIGNAL of desired characteristics. moire. Undesirable patterns occurring when REPRODUCTIONS are made from halftone PROOFS or steel ENGRAVINGS, caused by conflict between the RULING of the HALFTONE screen and the dots or lines of the original; a similar pattern occurring in multicolour halftone reproductions and usually due either to incorrect screen angles or misregister of the colour impressions during printing. moir effect. The effect created by transmitting light through two separate, overlapping families of parallel lines. See also INOGEN LIGHT. mole. A massive structure of masonry or large stones serving as a PIER or BREAKWATER, or both. Unit of quantity of matter in the SI system. moment. The tendency or degree of tendency to produce motion about an AXIS. Numerically it is the quantity obtained by multiplying the force, SPEED, or mass, by the distance from the point of application or CENTRE OF GRAVITY to the AXIS. See MAGNETIC MOMENT. moment of inertia. The quantity obtained by multiplying the mass of each small part of a body by the square of its distance from an AXIS, and adding all the results. momentum. Quantity of motion. That property of a particle which is given by the product of its mass with its VELOCITY. monitoring. Checking of the operation and performance of an electronic system through reception of its SIGNALS. monochromatic (adj.). Of, or having one colour. Of, or producing light of one WAVE LENGTH. monsoon. WIND of the general circulation of the ATMOSPHERE, typified by the seasonal persistence of a given wind direction and by a pronounced change in this direction from one season to another. The term is generally confined to those cases in which the primary cause is the differential heating (changing in nature from summer to winter) of a CONTINENT relative to a neighbouring OCEAN. montage. A series of related pieces of copy appearing as one to tell a complete story. month. A measure of TIME based on the motion of the MOON in its ORBIT. month: anomalistic. The interval of time between two successive passages of the MOON in its ORBIT through PERIGEE. The length of the anomalistic month is 27.55455 mean SOLAR DAYS.





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mud. Pelagic or terrigenous detrital material consisting mostly of silt and clay-sized particles (less than 0.06 millimetre) but often containing varying amount of SAND and/or organic materials. It is a general term applied to any sticky finegrained SEDIMENT whose exact size classification has not been determined. mud: red. A reddish-brown terrigenous deep-sea MUD which accumulates on the SEA FLOOR in the neighbourhood of deserts and off the MOUTHS of great RIVERS; contains calcium carbonate up to 25 per cent. mud snapper. See SNAPPER. multi-beam echo sounder. Wide swath echo sounder for use in seabed mapping and surveying using the multi-beam principle. Depths are measured directly below and transverse to the ship's track. The width of the swath is a function of the number of beams and their aperture. multiple echo(es). See ECHO. multiple lens camera. See CAMERA. multiple lens photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. multiple sea sampler. An instrument which comprises six WATER BOTTLES arranged so that they trip and take WATER SAMPLES at different selected DEPTHS from a vessel under way. multiple tide staff. See TIDE STAFF. multiplex. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, an instrument for making a TOPOGRAPHIC MAP from AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS. A three-dimensional optical model of the TERRAIN to be mapped is produced, in miniature, by direct optical PROJECTION from a pair of overlapping PHOTOGRAPHS. This instrument uses the ANAGLYPH principle. multispectral imagery. Images obtained simultaneously in a number of discrete bands in the electromagnetic spectrum. multispectral scanner. A remote-sensing device which is capable of recording data in the ultraviolet and visible portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the infrared.


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navigability. Of a vessel: capability of being controlled and steered. Of a water area: capability of being navigated. navigable (adj.). Affording passage to a craft; capable of being navigated. navigable area surveys (NAS). Navigable Area Surveys are basic hydrographic surveys with restricted area coverage. The coverage is reduced by omitting requirements for: 1. Development of the 0-foot depth curve and foul, nearshore areas not considered navigable; 2. Complete field edit of the survey area. Navigable Area Surveys may also be restricted to the main navigable channel or corridor. navigable semicircle. See DANGEROUS SEMICIRCLE. navigable waters. Waters usable, with or without improvements, as routes for commerce in the customary means of travel on water. navigation. The process of directing the movement of a craft from one point to another. navigation: acoustic. See NAVIGATION: SONIC. navigation: aerial. See NAVIGATION: AIR. navigation: air. The NAVIGATION of aircraft. Occasionally called aerial navigation or navigation. See NAVIGATION: SURFACE. navigation: astro. See NAVIGATION: CELESTIAL. navigation: celestial. NAVIGATION with the aid of CELESTIAL BODIES. Also called astro-navigation. navigation: coastwise. NAVIGATION in the vicinity of a COAST, in contrast with OFFSHORE NAVIGATION. navigation: Doppler. NAVIGATION using equipment employing Doppler shift measurement techniques with respect to transmitted and reflected SIGNALS to automatically compute DRIFT ANGLE and GROUND SPEED. DRIFT ANGLE and GROUND SPEED are used in DEAD RECKONING performed either manually or, as in many installations, by dead reckoning COMPUTERS. In either case, craft HEADING is a necessary INPUT. navigation: electronic. NAVIGATION by means of electronic equipment. The expression 'electronic navigation' is more inclusive than radio navigation, since it includes navigation involving any electronic device or instrument. navigation: grid. NAVIGATION by the use of GRID DIRECTIONS. navigation: hyperbolic. NAVIGATION by the use of HYPERBOLIC LINES OF POSITION. navigation: inertial. DEAD RECKONING performed automatically by a device which gives a continuous indication of POSITION by double integration of ACCELERATION since leaving a starting point. navigation: land. NAVIGATION of vehicles across LAND or ICE. The expression is generally used in connection with the crossing of a region devoid of roads or LANDMARKS, so that methods similar to those employed in AIR or MARINE NAVIGATION must be employed. navigation: long range. NAVIGATION requiring only aids usable at long RANGE, relatively few of which could provide world coverage. The opposite is SHORT RANGE NAVIGATION. navigation: marine. NAVIGATION of water craft. navigation: offshore. NAVIGATION at distance from a COAST, in contrast with COASTWISE NAVIGATION. navigation: radio. See NAVIGATION: ELECTRONIC. navigation: short range. NAVIGATION employing only aids usable at short RANGES. The opposite is LONG RANGE NAVIGATION. navigation: sonic. NAVIGATION by means of SOUND WAVES whether or not they are within the audible RANGE. Also called acoustic navigation.

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nocturnal arc. See ARC: ASTRONOMICAL. nodal point. In optics, one of the two points on the OPTICAL AXIS of a LENS (or a system of LENSES) such that a RAY emergent from the second point is parallel to the RAY incident at the first. The first nodal point is referred to as the front nodal point or incident nodal point, and the second nodal point as the rear nodal point or emergent nodal point. An AMPHIDROMIC POINT. In ASTRONOMY, a NODE. nodal point: emergent. See NODAL POINT. nodal point: front. See NODAL POINT. nodal point: incident. See NODAL POINT. nodal point: rear. See NODAL POINT. node. A point that is the start or end point of a line segment. In ASTRONOMY, one of the two points of intersection of the ORBIT of a PLANET, PLANETOID, or COMET with the ECLIPTIC, or of the ORBIT of a SATELLITE with the plane of the orbit of its primary. That point at which the body crosses to the north side of the reference plane is called the ascending node; the other, the descending node. The line connecting the nodes is called LINE OF NODES. Also called NODAL POINT. See REGRESSION OF THE NODES. In OCEANOGRAPHY, that part of a STANDING WAVE where the vertical motion is least and the horizontal VELOCITIES are greatest. See PARTIAL NODE. In optics, a NODAL POINT. nodical month. See MONTH. nodules. In OCEANOGRAPHY, concretionary lumps of manganese, cobalt, iron, and nickel found widely scattered on the ocean floor. ROCKS of various sizes and shapes often are encrusted with these metals. noise. Any undesired SOUND. By extension, noise is any unwanted disturbance within a useful FREQUENCY BAND, such as undesired electric WAVES in a transmission channel or device. nominal range. See RANGE. nomogram (or nomograph). A DIAGRAM showing, to SCALE, the relationship between several variables in such manner that the value of one which corresponds to known values of the others can be determined graphically. See CONVERSION SCALE, CONVERSION TABLE. nonharmonic constants. Tidal or tidal current constants such as LUNITIDAL INTERVALS, ranges, and inequalities, which can be derived directly from OBSERVATION without regard to the HARMONIC CONSTITUENTS. nonharmonic method. In TIDE PREDICTION, an approximate method based on the principle that 'the TIDE follows the MOON'. It makes use of the close relationship that exists between the TIME of TIDE at most places and the MOON's MERIDIAN TRANSIT. nontidal current. See CURRENT. noon. The instant at which a time reference is over the UPPER BRANCH of the reference MERIDIAN. noon: apparent. Twelve o'clock APPARENT TIME. noon: local apparent. Twelve o'clock LOCAL APPARENT TIME. Sometimes called high noon. noon: mean. Twelve o'clock MEAN TIME. normal. In general, a straight line perpendicular to a surface or to another line. In GEODESY, a straight line perpendicular to the surface of the SPHEROID. normal equation. See EQUATION.

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normal water. A standard SEA WATER preparation, the CHLORINITY of which lies between 19.30 and 19.50 per mille (0/00) and has been determined to within 0.001 per mille. Normal water is used as a convenient comparison standard for chlorinity measurements of sea water samples by TITRATION. It is prepared by the Hydrographical Laboratories, Copenhagen, Denmark. Also called standard sea water. north: compass. The direction north as indicated by a MAGNETIC COMPASS. north: grid. An arbitrary REFERENCE DIRECTION used with GRID NAVIGATION. The northerly or zero direction indicated by the grid datum of directional reference. north: magnetic. The direction indicated by the north seeking POLE of a freely suspended MAGNETIC NEEDLE influenced only by the EARTH's MAGNETIC FIELD. north: true. The DIRECTION of the north GEOGRAPHIC POLE. north celestial pole. See POLE: CELESTIAL. north geographical pole. See POLE: GEOGRAPHICAL. northing. The distance a craft makes good to the north. The opposite is SOUTHING. In a cartesian reference system the value of one coordinate, usually expressed in metres, measured from the origin in north-south direction; used e.g. in the UTM system. north magnetic pole. See MAGNETIC POLE. notch (or gap). A narrow passage between two ELEVATIONS, as MOUNTAINS; a deep close PASS; a DEFILE. Notice to Mariners. A periodical or casual notice issued by hydrographic offices, or other competent authorities, regarding changes in AIDS TO NAVIGATION, dangers to NAVIGATION, important new SOUNDINGS, and, in general, all such information as affects NAUTICAL CHARTS, SAILING DIRECTIONS, LIGHT LISTS and other nautical publications. nuclear precession magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. numerical scale. See SCALE: NATURAL. nunatak. An isolated hill or mountain peak of rock projecting above an INLAND ICE SHEET. nun buoy. A BUOY the above water part of which is in the shape of a cone or a truncated cone. nutation. Irregularities in the precessional motion of the EQUINOXES because of varying positions of the MOON, and, to a lesser extent, of other CELESTIAL BODIES, with respect to the ECLIPTIC. Because of nutation the EARTH's AXIS nods like a top, describing an irregular circle about the mean pole in a period of about 19 years. Nyquist frequency. The highest frequency that may be uniquely resolved in a time series from a given sampling interval. The Nyquist frequency is equal to twice the sampling interval. Analyzing frequencies for which the Nyquist criterion is not met leads to ALIASING.

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3485 3486 3487 object-glass. See OBJECTIVE LENS. objective. See OBJECTIVE LENS. objective lens. In TELESCOPES and microscopes,the optical component which receives light from the object and forms the first or primary IMAGE. In a CAMERA, the IMAGE formed by the objective lens is the final IMAGE. In a TELESCOPE or microscope used visually, the IMAGE formed by the objective lens is magnified by the EYEPIECE. Also called objective or object-glass. oblate spheroid. See SPHEROID. oblique photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. oblique plotting instrument. An instrument (usually monocular) for plotting from OBLIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS. obliquity of the ecliptic. The acute angle between the plane of the ECLIPTIC and the plane of the CELESTIAL EQUATOR, about 2327'. obscured(adj.). Said of the arc of a LIGHT SECTOR designated by its limiting BEARINGS in which the LIGHT is not visible from seaward. observation. The act or practice of noting and recording facts and events as for some scientific study. The measure of a quantity whose value is desired. The DATA so noted and recorded. A single measure, at a single setting of an apparatus. observation(s): astronomical. OBSERVATIONS of CELESTIAL BODIES, with appropriate instruments. In NAVIGATION, the measurement of ALTITUDE and AZIMUTH of CELESTIAL BODIES. observation(s): magnetic. Measurement of any of the MAGNETIC ELEMENTS. observation(s): meteorological. Evaluation or measurement of one or more meteorological elements. observation(s): tidal. A series of measurements taken in order to provide the information required for the REDUCTION OF SOUNDINGS, and the DATA for TIDAL PREDICTION and investigation. observation equation. See EQUATION. observation spot (or pillar). A position ashore determined from celestial observations. observation tower. A tower from which one's surroundings can be observed, but at which a watch is not habitually maintained, as at a LOOKOUT TOWER. Such towers are temporarily erected for observations in geodetic networks. observed altitude. See ALTITUDE. observed tide. Those data from tide observing equipment such as tide gauges, staffs, etc. "Actual tides" is an expression often used in referring to "observed tides". obstruction. In MARINE NAVIGATION, anything that hinders or prevents movement, particularly anything that endangers or prevents passage of a vessel. The term is usually used to refer to an isolated danger to NAVIGATION, such as a SUNKEN ROCK or PINNACLE. obstruction buoy. A BUOY marking an OBSTRUCTION. obstruction light. See LIGHT. occasional light. See LIGHT. occluded front. See OCCLUSION.

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occlusion. Process of progressive decrease of area of warm sector at the EARTH's surface, and its ultimate disappearance, by the junction of the cold AIR MASSES which initially precede the WARM FRONT and follow the COLD FRONT. FRONT between these two cold AIR MASSES, after their junction (also termed occluded front). occultation. The concealment or extinguishment of the light of an AID TO NAVIGATION during the dark periods of its CYCLE. In ASTRONOMY, the concealment of a CELESTIAL BODY by another which crosses the line of view. Thus, the MOON occults a STAR when it passes between the observer and the STAR. occupy (v.t.). In SURVEYING, to observe with a surveying instrument at a STATION; also to set a surveying instrument over a point for the purpose of making OBSERVATIONS. In OCEANOGRAPHY, to stop a ship at a selected location, an OCEANOGRAPHIC STATION, for the purpose of gathering oceanographic observations. ocean. The vast body of water on the surface of the GLOBE, which surrounds the LAND; the main or great SEA. One of the main areas into which this body of water is divided geographically. ocean acoustic tomography. A method to determine the ocean structure based on precise measurements of transit time of acoustic waves between a net of transmitters and receivers. ocean current. See CURRENT. ocean eddy. A moving or stationary local rotating formation where water predominantly moves along circular paths. ocean remote sensing. A kind of remote sensing especially for conducting investigations and surveys of the ocean and the sea. oceanic circulation. A unique interrelated system of major ocean currents within a large area; usually a closed circular pattern such as in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, etc. oceanic plateau. A comparatively flat topped elevation of the sea-bed which rises steeply from the ocean floor on all sides, and is of considerable extent across the summit. oceanic province. See PELAGIC DIVISION. oceanic ridge. A long elevation of the ocean floor with either irregular or smooth topography and steep sides, often separating ocean basins. oceanographic cast. See CAST. oceanographic features. Physical qualities characterising the state of environment in water bodies of the World's Oceans. These features include temperature and salinity, electric conductivity, density, hydrostatic pressure, transparency, the range and character of tidal and other water level oscillations, the speed and direction of currents, the characteristics of waves and ice, etc. oceanographic slide rule. A specially designed SLIDE RULE used for calculating the CORRECTION of thermal expansion of a deep sea REVERSING THERMOMETER. oceanographic section. A successive series of oceanographic stations carried out in a specified direction. oceanographic station. See STATION. oceanographic survey. See SURVEY. oceanography. The study of the SEA, embracing and integrating all knowledge pertaining to the SEA's physical boundaries, the chemistry and physics of SEA WATER, MARINE BIOLOGY, and SUBMARINE GEOLOGY. In strict usage oceanography is the description of the marine environment, whereas oceanology is the study of the OCEANS and related sciences. oceanology. See OCEANOGRAPHY.





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opisometer. A recording device designed to measure by revolutions of a small wheel, continuous linear distances on a MAP. Used in measuring the length of SHORELINE by closely following all the INDENTATIONS and sinuosities of the SHORE. opposite coasts. The geographical relationship of the coasts of two States facing each other. opposition. The situation of two periodic quantities differing by half a CYCLE. In ASTRONOMY, the situation of two CELESTIAL BODIES having either CELESTIAL LONGITUDES or sidereal HOUR ANGLES differing by 180 . The term is usually used only in relation to the position of a SUPERIOR PLANET or the MOON with reference to the SUN. optical axis. See AXIS OF LENS. optical centre. The point of intersection of lines which represent within the LENS those RAYS whose emergent directions are parallel to their respective incident directions. This point lies on the optical axis. optical flat. A surface, usually of glass, ground and polished plane within a fraction of a WAVE LENGTH of light. An optical element or glass blank with an optical flat is used to test the flatness of other surfaces. optical parallax. See PARALLAX: INSTRUMENTAL. optical path. The path followed by a RAY of light through an OPTICAL SYSTEM. optical pumping magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. optical square. A small hand instrument used to set off a right angle. optical system. A series of LENSES, APERTURES, prisms, MIRRORS, etc., so arranged as to perform a definite optical function. orange peel sampler. A bottom sediment sampling device capable of obtaining as much as 1/2 cubic foot of sample from the ocean floor. Named for its likeness to an orange that has its peel quartered. orbit. The path of a body or particle under the influence of a gravitational or other force. For instance, the orbit of a CELESTIAL BODY is its path relative to another body around which it revolves. In water waves, the path of a water particle affected by the wave motion. ordinate. See COORDINATES: PLANE RECTANGULAR. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Member States promote economic growth, employment, and improved standards of living for a sound and harmonious development of world economy. orientation. The act of establishing the correct relationship in direction with reference to the POINTS of the COMPASS. The state of being in correct relationship in direction with reference to the POINTS of the COMPASS. A MAP is in orientation when the map SYMBOLS are parallel with their corresponding ground features. A PHOTOGRAPH is in orientation when it correctly presents the perspective view of the ground or when IMAGES on the PHOTOGRAPH appear in the same direction from the point of observation as do the corresponding map symbols. See ORIENTATION OF PLANE TABLE, ORIENTATION OF SURVEYING INSTRUMENT, ORIENTATION: PHOTOGRAMMETRIC. orientation: absolute. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the scaling, levelling, and ORIENTATION to GROUND CONTROL (in a photogrammetric instrument) of a relatively oriented stereoscopic model or group of models. orientation: basal. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the establishment of the POSITION of both ends of an AIR BASE with respect to a ground system of COORDINATES. In all, six elements are required. These are essentially the threedimensional COORDINATES of each end of the BASE. orientation: exterior. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the determining (analytically or in a photogrammetric instrument) of the POSITION of the CAMERA STATION and the attitude of the taking CAMERA at the instant of EXPOSURE. In stereoscopic instrument practice, exterior orientation is divided into two parts, RELATIVE and ABSOLUTE ORIENTATION. Also called outer orientation. orientation: inner. See ORIENTATION: INTERIOR.

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orientation: interior. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the determining (analytically or in a photogrammetric instrument) of the interior perspective of the PHOTOGRAPH as it was at the instant of EXPOSURE. Elements of interior orientation are the CALIBRATED FOCAL LENGTH, location of the calibrated PRINCIPAL POINT, and the calibrated LENS DISTORTION. Also called inner orientation. orientation: outer. See ORIENTATION: EXTERIOR. orientation: photogrammetric. The recreation of natural terrain features at a miniature SCALE by the optical projection of overlapping PHOTOGRAPHS. The model is formed when all corresponding LIGHT RAYS from the two PROJECTORS intersect in space. See also ORIENTATION: ABSOLUTE, ORIENTATION: BASAL, ORIENTATION: EXTERIOR, ORIENTATION: INTERIOR. orientation: relative. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the determining (analytically or in a photogrammetric instrument) of the POSITION and attitude of one of a pair of overlapping PHOTOGRAPHS with respect to the other PHOTOGRAPH. orientation of plane table. Placing the PLANE TABLE in such a position that every line drawn on the SURVEY SHEET from the point which represents the POSITION of the table on the ground to any other point on the sheet, is parallel to the corresponding line in nature. orientation of surveying instrument. Placing the instrument in such position that the HORIZONTAL CIRCLE reads 0when the LINE OF COLLIMATION is parallel to the direction it had at an earlier (initial) position of the instrument, or to a standard line of reference. If the line of reference is a MERIDIAN, the CIRCLE will show AZIMUTHS referred to that MERIDIAN. origin. In SURVEYING, the reference position from which angles or distances are reckoned. See also COORDINATES: ORIGIN OF. origin: false. See COORDINATES: FALSE. original. See REPRODUCTION. original chart. See CHART. origin of coordinates. See COORDINATES: ORIGIN OF. orography. The branch of physical geography which deals with the formation and features of MOUNTAINS; the description of MOUNTAINS. oropesa sweep. Towed wire used for sweeping sea bottom when surveying SHOALS or WRECKS. It consists of a wire running from the stern of the vessel and held out on the water by an OTTER which also pulls down against a towed FLOAT. The amount of wire between FLOAT and OTTER determines the DEPTH of the outer end of the sweep. The inner end of the sweep is held to the required DEPTH and in line with the stern of the vessel by a KITE. orthochromatic(adj.). Said of photographic surfaces sensitive to ultra-violet, blue, yellow, green and orange RAYS. Insensitive to red RAYS. orthodrome. Any line on a CHART representing a GREAT CIRCLE TRACK between two points. orthogonal(adj.). At right angles; rectangularly meeting, crossing, or lying at right angles. orthographic projection. See PROJECTION. orthometric correction. The CORRECTION to ELEVATIONS which takes into account the spheroidal shape of the EARTH and brings the ELEVATIONS to their true HEIGHT above MEAN SEA LEVEL. orthomorphic(adj.). Preserving the correct shape; of a PROJECTION which gives no local DISTORTION. See PROJECTION: CONFORMAL. orthomorphic projection. See PROJECTION: CONFORMAL. orthophotograph. A photographic copy, prepared from a perspective PHOTOGRAPH, in which the DISPLACEMENTS of IMAGES due to TILT and RELIEF have been removed.

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3639 pack ice. Term used in a wide sense to include any area of SEA ICE, other than FAST ICE, no matter what form it takes or how it is disposed. Pack ice may be described as VERY OPEN PACK ICE (1/10ths-3/10ths), OPEN PACK ICE (4/10ths-6/10ths), CLOSE PACK ICE (7/10ths-9/10ths), VERY CLOSE PACK ICE (almost 10/10th with little if any water visible). pair of compasses. See COMPASS. paleomagnetism. Remanent MAGNETISM produced by the EARTH's field when a material was initially formed. Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH). Develops, coordinates, and disseminates geographical, cartographic, historical, geophysical and related scientific studies. pancake ice. Pieces of NEW ICE, usually approximately circular, about 30 cm to 3 m across, and with raised rims, due to the pieces striking against each other as the result of WIND and SWELL. panchromatic (adj.). Sensitive to light of all colours, as a film or plate emulsion. panel. In cartography the completed assembly of pieces of film positives onto a grid or projection which is used as a base for compilation. In photogrammetry an element of a target used for control station identification on aerial photography. pantograph. An instrument for copying a CHART, drawing, etc., to any desired SCALE within the limits of the instrument. paper. For printing hydrographic charts, heavyweight, single layer paper is used. Such paper is generally made wholly or partly from rags and simulates hand-made paper. It is strong, moisture resistant and manufactured to withstand surface erasure. parabola. An open curve all points of which are equidistant from a fixed point, called the focus, and a straight line. parachute drogue. See DROGUE. parallactic angle. That angle of the ASTRONOMICAL TRIANGLE at the CELESTIAL BODY; the angle between a body's HOUR CIRCLE and its VERTICAL CIRCLE. Also called position angle. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the angle subtended by the eye of the observer at the object viewed. Also called angle of convergence or angular parallax. parallactic error. See ERROR. parallactic grid. See GRID. parallax. An apparent displacement of the position of a body with respect to a reference point or system, caused by a shift in the point of observation. parallax: absolute stereoscopic. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, considering a pair of AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS of equal PRINCIPAL DISTANCE, the algebraic difference of the distances of the two IMAGES from their respective PHOTOGRAPH NADIRS, measured in a horizontal plane and parallel to the AIR BASE. Also called horizontal parallax, linear parallax, or x-parallax. parallax: angular. See PARALLACTIC ANGLE. parallax: annual. The angle subtended at a CELESTIAL BODY by the radius of EARTH's ORBIT. Also called heliocentric parallax, or stellar parallax. parallax: diurnal. The difference in the apparent direction or position of a CELESTIAL BODY as observed from the centre of the EARTH and a point on its surface. This varies with the body's ALTITUDE and distance from the EARTH. Also called geocentric parallax. parallax: equatorial horizontal. HORIZONTAL PARALLAX as observed at the EQUATOR, as it attains its maximum value.

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parallel: isometric. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the intersecting line between the plane of a PHOTOGRAPH and a horizontal plane having an equal perpendicular distance from the same PERSPECTIVE CENTRE. parallel: photograph. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the IMAGE on a PHOTOGRAPH of any horizontal line in the object space which is perpendicular to the PRINCIPAL PLANE. All photograph parallels are perpendicular to the PRINCIPAL LINE. The photograph parallel passing through the PRINCIPAL POINT is the principal parallel and that passing through the ISOCENTRE is the ISOMETRIC PARALLEL. parallel: principal. See PARALLEL: PHOTOGRAPH. parallel: standard. A PARALLEL of latitude which is used as a control in the computation of a map PROJECTION. For a tangent cone, this is the PARALLEL of tangency. For a secant cone, the two PARALLELS of intersection are the standards. parallel motion protractor. See PROTRACTOR. parallel of altitude. See ALMUCANTAR. parallel of declination. A circle of the CELESTIAL SPHERE parallel to the CELESTIAL EQUATOR. Also called celestial parallel. parallel of latitude. See PARALLEL. parallel plate. An optical disk with optically flat, parallel surfaces; used especially in optical MICROMETERS. parallel rulers (or rule). An instrument for transferring a line parallel to itself. parallel sailing. See SAILING. parallel sounding. A system of surveying in which the MOTHER VESSEL takes soundings while following a given course; at the same time an array of satellite boats takes soundings along parallel courses at a fixed distance from the MOTHER VESSEL. The satellite boats determine their position relative to the MOTHER VESSEL. The term is also employed when a single vessel takes multiple lines of soundings with transducers arranged at regular intervals on outriggers. parameter. A quantity which remains constant within the limits of a given case or situation. parametric. Characterizing a quantity which is influenced by the behaviour of one or more parameters . parametric latitude. See LATITUDE. paranthelion. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family, consisting of white, round, luminous spots, having a diameter slightly greater than that of the SUN, which appears at 120from it in the case of ordinary paranthelia, and at 90in the case of extraordinary paranthelia. The HEIGHT of the spots above the HORIZON is that of the SUN. parantiselena. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family, analogous to the PARANTHELION, the luminary being the MOON. paraselene. Optical phenomenon of the HALO family, similar to but less brilliant than the PARHELION, the luminary being the MOON. paraselenic circle. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family, analogous to the PARHELIC CIRCLE, the luminary being the MOON. parhelia associated with the 22halo. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family, consisting of two luminous iridescent spots which appear on the PARHELIC CIRCLE close to the SMALL HALO. parhelia associated with the 46halo. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family consisting of two luminous, iridescent spots which appear on the PARHELIC CIRCLE close to the LARGE HALO. parhelic circle. PHOTOMETEOR of the HALO family, consisting of a white, horizontal circle, situated at the same angular height as the SUN. partial eclipse. See ECLIPSE.


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pelorus. A COMPASS CARD in the form of a metal plate mounted in GIMBALS to maintain a horizontal position and fitted with SIGHT-VANES for observing BEARINGS where direct use of the COMPASS for this purpose is impracticable. Also called dumb compass or bearing plate. See also ALIDADE. pencil. In optics, a set of RAYS coming to or spreading out from a point. See LIGHT PENCIL. pencil beam. A BEAM in which the RADIANT ENERGY is concentrated in an approximately conical or cylindrical portion of space of relatively small diameter. This type beam is used for many revolving navigational LIGHTS. pendulum. A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to and from under the combined forces of GRAVITY and MOMENTUM. A vertical bar so supported from below by a stiff spring as to vibrate to and for under the combined action of GRAVITY and the restoring force of the spring. pendulum: working. A PENDULUM which is used (swung) in a determination of the INTENSITY OF GRAVITY. pendulum sextant. See SEXTANT. peninsula. A piece of LAND that is almost an ISLAND, being nearly surrounded by water; by extension any piece of LAND projecting into the SEA, so that the greater part of its BOUNDARY is COASTLINE. peninsula: submarine. An elevated portion of the SUBMARINE RELIEF resembling a PENINSULA. The opposite is SAC. perch. A staff placed on top of a BUOY, ROCK, or SHOAL as a MARK for navigators. A ball or cage is sometimes placed at the top of the perch, as an identifying MARK. A unit of length equal to 5.5 YARDS or 16.5 FEET. Also called ROD, POLE. percolation. The process by which water is forced by wave action through the interstices of the bottom sediment and has a tendency to reduce WAVE HEIGHTS. perigean range (of tide). The average of all monthly TIDE RANGES occurring at the TIME of PERIGEE. It is larger than the MEAN RANGE, where the TYPE OF TIDE is either semidiurnal or mixed, and is of no practical significance where the TYPE OF TIDE is diurnal. perigean tides. See TIDE. perigee. That orbital point nearest the EARTH when the EARTH is the centre of attraction, as opposed to APOGEE. perihelion. That orbital point nearest the SUN, when the SUN is the centre of attraction, as opposed to APHELION. period. The interval needed to complete a CYCLE. Any specified duration of time. period (of a navigational light). The TIME taken to exhibit one complete sequence of intervals of light and darkness. periodic current. See CURRENT. periodic error. See ERROR. periodic wave(s). See WAVE. peripheral equipment. In computer systems, any unit of equipment, distinct from the central unit, which may provide the system with outside communication. permafrost. A LAYER of SOIL or BEDROCK at a variable depth beneath the surface of the EARTH in which the temperature has been below freezing continuously from a few to several thousands of years. Permafrost exists where the summer heating fails to descend to the base of the LAYER of frozen ground. permanent current. See CURRENT.

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Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC). Fosters progress of inland and maritime waterways, of ports and of coastal areas by research and information exchange. permanent magnetism. See MAGNETISM. permeability: magnetic. See MAGNETIC PERMEABILITY. personal correction. The CORRECTION due to PERSONAL ERROR. personal equation. The time interval between the sensory perception of a PHENOMENON and the motor reaction thereto. Personal equation may be either positive or negative, as an observer may anticipate the occurrence of an event, or wait until he actually sees it occur before making a record. This is a SYSTEMATIC ERROR, treated as of the constant type. It is a PERSONAL ERROR, for which the term personal equation is reserved. It is of special significance in OBSERVATIONS of TIME, made to determine CHRONOMETER CORRECTION. personal error. See ERROR. personal parallax. See PARALLAX: INSTRUMENTAL. perspective centre. The point of origin or termination of bundles of PERSPECTIVE RAYS. The two such points usually associated with a survey photograph are the interior perspective centre and the exterior perspective centre. In a perfect lens-camera system, PERSPECTIVE RAYS from the interior perspective centre to the photographic IMAGES enclose the same angles as the corresponding RAYS from the exterior perspective centre to the objects photographed. In a LENS having DISTORTION this is true only for a particular zone of the PHOTOGRAPH. In a perfectly adjusted lens-camera system the exterior and interior perspective centres correspond, respectively, to the front and rear NODAL POINTS of the camera lens. perspective grid. See GRID. perspective plane. Any plane containing the PERSPECTIVE CENTRE. The intersection of a perspective plane and the GROUND will always appear as a straight line on an AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH. perspective projection. See PROJECTION. perspective ray. A line joining a PERSPECTIVE CENTRE and a point object. perturbation. Disturbance in the orbital PATH of a CELESTIAL BODY, natural or artificial, due to attraction of another body. See LUNAR INEQUALITY. Ph. A SCALE used for expressing the acidity or ALKALINITY of solutions. phantom bottom. A false BOTTOM indicated by an ECHO SOUNDER, some distance above the actual BOTTOM. Such an indication, quite common in the deeper parts of the OCEAN,is due to large quantities of small organisms. Also called deep scattering layer (DSL) or false bottom. phase. The visible aspect of an object. The amount by which a CYCLE has progressed from a specified origin. In ASTRONOMY, any of the stages of variation in the illumination of the MOON or a PLANET. See PHASE(S) OF THE MOON. In physics, the state of aggregation of a substance, for example, solid (ICE), liquid (water), or gas (vapour). phase angle. The phase difference of two periodically recurring PHENOMENA of the same FREQUENCY, expressed in angular measure. The angle at a CELESTIAL BODY between the SUN and EARTH. phase inequality. Variations in the TIDES or TIDAL CURRENTS associated with changes in the PHASE OF THE MOON. phase lag. Angular retardation of the maximum of a constituent of the observed TIDE behind the corresponding maximum of the same constituent of the hypothetical EQUILIBRIUM TIDE. Also called tidal epoch. phase modulation. See MODULATION. phase of a navigational light. Each element of the sequence of intervals of light and darkness (e.g. a flash, an ECLIPSE).

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phase(s) of the moon. The various appearances of the MOON during different parts of the SYNODICAL MONTH. The CYCLE begins with new moon or change of the MOON at CONJUNCTION. The visible part of the waxing moon increases in size during the first half of the CYCLE until full moon appears at OPPOSITION, after which the visible part of the waning moon decreases for the remainder of the CYCLE. First quarter occurs when the waxing moon is at east QUADRATURE, last quarter when the waning moon is at west QUADRATURE. From last quarter to new and from new to first quarter the MOON is crescent; from first quarter to full and from full to last quarter it is gibbous. phase velocity. VELOCITY, measured over a short time period, at which a particular WAVE CREST is propagated a medium. phenomenon (pl. phenomena). Any fact, circumstance, or experience that is apparent to the senses and that can be scientifically described or appraised; as, an ECLIPSE is a PHENOMENON of ASTRONOMY. phonometer. An instrument for measuring the intensity or FREQUENCY of SOUNDS. phosphorescence. The production of light without sensible heat. Emission of electromagnetic RADIATION by a substance as a result of previous absorption of RADIATION of shorter WAVE LENGTH. In contrast to FLUORESCENCE, the emission may continue for a considerable time after cessation of the existing IRRADIATION. phot. The unit of ILLUMINATION in the CGS system. photic (adj.). Of SEA WATER, that is penetrated or influenced by sunlight. photoalidade. A photogrammetric instrument having a telescopic ALIDADE, a plateholder, and a hinged ruling arm mounted on a tripod frame. It is used for plotting lines of direction and measuring vertical angles to selected features appearing on OBLIQUE and TERRESTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHS. photo base. The length of the AIR BASE as represented on a PHOTOGRAPH. photocompose (v.t.). To combine distinct parts of chart original by photographic processes. photocontrol point. See CONTROL POINT. photodelineation. The DELINEATION of features on a PHOTOGRAPH. See also COMPILATION. photoelectric pilot. A device for automatic steering in conjunction with the MAGNETIC COMPASS. Its pinnacle unit, or directive element, consists of a high-grade MAGNETIC COMPASS of special construction, a simple light system, and a photoelectric cell, so arranged that the slightest deviation of the vessel from its COURSE is detected and relayed to the steering engine unit. photoengraving. A process by which PHOTOGRAPHS are reproduced on printing plates especially one in which the REPRODUCTION is in relief: opposed to PHOTOGRAVURE. A PLATE so made. A PRINT from such a PLATE. photogoniometer. An instrument for measuring angles from the true PERSPECTIVE CENTRE to points on a PHOTOGRAPH. photogram. A survey photograph. Either of a pair of stereoscopic PHOTOGRAPHS. photogrammetric camera. See CAMERA. photogrammetric control. See CONTROL. photogrammetric extension. See PHOTOTRIANGULATION. photogrammetric survey. See SURVEY. photogrammetry. The science or art of obtaining reliable measurements from PHOTOGRAPHS. photogrammetry: aerial. PHOTOGRAMMETRY utilizing AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS. photogrammetry: analytical (or analytic). PHOTOGRAMMETRY in which solutions are obtained by mathematical means.



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plan position indicator (PPI). A cathode-ray SCOPE on which SIGNALS appear in correct relation to each other, so that the scope face presents a maplike representation of the area about the transmitter, the direction of a TARGET being represented by the direction of its ECHO from a centre and range by its distance from that centre. planning chart. A chart designed for use in planning voyages or flight operations or investigating areas of marine or aviation activities. plat (U.S. terminology). A diagram drawn to SCALE showing land boundaries and subdivisions, and identification of the several units shown thereon, and including one or more certificates indicating due approval. A plat differs from a MAP in that it does not necessarily show additional cultural, drainage and relief features. See also MAP: CADASTRAL. plate. A thin, metal, plastic, or paper sheet, that carries the printing image and whose surface is treated to make only the image areas ink-receptive. plateau. A flat or nearly flat area of considerable extent, dropping off abruptly on one or more sides; a TABLELAND. plate level. See LEVEL. platform. In geographical literature, a natural or artificial TERRACE; a flat elevated piece of GROUND; a TABLELAND, a PLATEAU. In oceanographic terminology, any man-made structure (aircraft, ship, BUOY, or tower) from or on which oceanographic instruments are suspended or installed. Structures which are erected on or over the seabed and subsoil for the purpose of exploring for, developing, removing and transporting resources therefrom. platform: mineral development. A PLATFORM used in the exploitation of minerals. platform: offshore. A permanent offshore structure, either fixed or floating, used in the production of oil or natural gas. platform: piled. A platform with a steel jacket fixed by piles to the seabed. platform jacket. The section of a platform from base to deck level, on which deck modules are fitted. plot (v.t.). To draw lines and points to represent certain conditions graphically, as the various lines and points on a CHART or PLOTTING SHEET, representing the progress of a craft, a graphical solution of a problem, etc. plotter. An instrument used for plotting straight lines and measuring angles on a CHART or PLOTTING SHEET. See PROTRACTOR. In data processing it stands for a) Vector plotter : An electromechanical device for automatically drawing curves. The curves are generated by a sequence of linear incremental pieces ("vectors") depending on the resolution provided by the device. For cartographic purposes, high precision FLAT-BED PLOTTERS (drawing tables) are used. b) Raster or electrostatic plotter : A sophisticated electronic device for producing pictures by means of raster techniques. The picture is generated by lines of PIXELS drawn sequentially, typically with a resolution of 200-400 pixels per inch. Raster plotters can produce complete pictures in short time irrespective of the complexity of the picture's contents. plotting. See PLOT. plotting board. A stiff transparent polar coordinate plotting sheet for tracking other vessels and aircraft and solving problems involving RELATIVE MOVEMENT. plotting sheet. A blank CHART, usually on the MERCATOR PROJECTION, showing only the GRATICULE and a COMPASS ROSE, so that the plotting sheet can be used for any LONGITUDE. In hydrographic SURVEYING, a working sheet on which the main STATIONS of the SURVEY are plotted. It forms the framework of the SURVEY and provides the basis for accurately locating and plotting all the detail of the SURVEY. See also LATTICE. plotting sheet: electronic. A CHART showing time difference or phase difference curves of a circular or a hyperbolic navigational system. These LATTICE lines are used to accurately position the DATA collected during HYDROGRAPHIC or OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEYS.




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port. A place provided with terminal and transfer facilities for loading and discharging cargo or passengers, usually located in a HARBOUR. The left side of a craft, facing forward. The opposite is STARBOARD. port authority. The entity responsible for administration and maintenance of harbour facilities. port handbook. A handbook for a specific port. position. DATA which define the location of a point with respect to a reference system. The COORDINATES which define such a location. The place occupied by a point on the surface of the EARTH, or in space. position: adjusted. An adjusted value of the coordinate position of a point on the EARTH. position: apparent. In ASTRONOMY, the POSITION of a CELESTIAL BODY reduced to the centre of the EARTH. It differs from the position in which the object is observed as to the effects of REFRACTION, DIURNAL ABERRATION, and DIURNAL PARALLAX. position: assumed. A point at which a craft is assumed to be located, particularly one used as preliminary to establishing certain navigational DATA, as that point of the surface of the EARTH for which the computed ALTITUDE is determined in the solution of a celestial OBSERVATION. position: astronomical. A point on the EARTH whose COORDINATES have been determined as a result of OBSERVATION of CELESTIAL BODIES. The expression is usually used in connection with POSITIONS on LAND determined with great ACCURACY for SURVEY purposes. A point on the EARTH, defined in terms of ASTRONOMICAL LATITUDE and LONGITUDE. position: dead reckoning. The POSITION of a craft determined by DEAD RECKONING, or by advancing a previous POSITION for COURSES and distances. position: detached. In HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY, an expression indicating a POSITION taken, to locate ROCKS, floating AIDS TO NAVIGATION, least DEPTHS on SHOALS or other dangers or features of importance. position: estimated. The most probable POSITION of a craft determined from incomplete DATA or DATA of questionable ACCURACY. Such a POSITION might be determined by applying a correction to the DEAD RECKONING POSITION. position: field. A POSITION computed while field work is in progress to determine the acceptability of the OBSERVATIONS or to provide a preliminary POSITION for other purposes. position: geodetic. A point on the EARTH, the COORDINATES of which have been determined by TRIANGULATION from an initial STATION whose location has been established as a result of ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS. The COORDINATES of such a POSITION depend upon the REFERENCE SPHEROID used. position: geographic(al). The POSITION of a point on the surface of the EARTH expressed in terms of LATITUDE and LONGITUDE, either ASTRONOMICAL or GEODETIC. A SUB-POINT. position: relative. A point defined with reference to another POSITION, either fixed or moving. position angle. See PARALLACTIC ANGLE. position angles. The two sextant angles observed on a SURVEY SHIP for determining its POSITION. position approximate. Of inexact POSITION. The expression is used principally on CHARTS to indicate that the POSITION of a WRECK, SHOAL, etc., has not been accurately determined or does not remain fixed. Usually shown by the abbreviation 'PA'. position circle. See CIRCLE OF POSITION. position dilution of precision (PDOP). See DILUTION OF PRECISION. position doubtful. Of uncertain POSITION. The expression is used principally on CHARTS to indicate that a WRECK, SHOAL, etc., has been reported in various POSITIONS and not definitely determined in any. Usually shown by the abbreviation 'PD'.

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positioning. The process of determination of a position. position line. See LINE OF POSITION. positive. In PHOTOGRAPHY, an IMAGE of the original object which corresponds to the same in the scheme of light and shade. positive altitude. See ANGLE OF ELEVATION. positive gradient. In OCEANOGRAPHY, a positive rate of change with DEPTH. post. A small BEACON, more substantial than a PERCH, used for marking CHANNELS. See also PILE. potable water intake (PWI). A structure designed for the intake of drinking water. The intake is usually elevated above the bottom, supported and protected by a debris-screening structure (CRIB), a separately charted feature. potential density. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the DENSITY that a parcel of water would have if raised adiabatically to the surface, that is, if determined from the parcel's 'in situ' SALINITY and POTENTIAL TEMPERATURE. potential temperature. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the temperature that a WATER SAMPLE would attain if raised adiabatically to the sea surface. For the deepest points of the OCEAN, which are just over 10 000 METRES, the adiabatic cooling would be less than 1.5C. pound. A unit of mass, equal to 0.45359237 KILOGRAMS. power. See MAGNIFYING POWER. precautionary area. A routeing measure comprising an area within defined limits where ships must navigate with particular caution and within which the direction of traffic flow may be recommended. precession. Change in the direction of the AXIS of ROTATION of a spinning body, as a GYROSCOPE, when acted upon by a torque. The direction of motion of the AXIS is such that it causes the direction of spin of the GYROSCOPE to tend to coincide with that of the impressed torque. precession of the equinoxes. The conical motion of the EARTH's AXIS about the vertical to the plane of the ECLIPTIC, caused by the attractive force of the SUN, MOON, and other PLANETS on the equatorial protuberance of the EARTH. precipitation. PHENOMENON made up of an aggregate of aqueous particles, liquid or solid, crystallized or amorphous, which fall from a CLOUD or group of CLOUDS and reach the ground. precipitation intensity. Amount of PRECIPITATION collected in unit time interval. See RAINFALL AMOUNT. precision. The degree of refinement of a value not to be confused with ACCURACY, which is the degree of conformance with the correct value. precision ephemeris. The ephemeris which describe the orbit of a navigational satellite precisely. They are of higher precision than the broadcast ephemeris but not available in real time. predicted tide(s). See TIDE. preferred channel mark. A distinctive lateral mark used to indicate both the point at which a channel divides and the channel that has been designated as preferred channel. preferred datum. A geodetic datum selected as a base for consolidation of local independent datums within a geographical area. Also called major datum. preliminary survey. See SURVEY: RECONNAISSANCE. press proof. A lithographed impression taken from among the first copies run on the press and used for cheking purposes. Also called press pull. pressure: atmospheric. Pressure (force per unit area) exerted by the ATMOSPHERE, on any surface, by virtue of its WEIGHT: it is numerically equal to the WEIGHT of a vertical column of air above the surface of unit base area, extending to the outer limit of the ATMOSPHERE.

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pressure: barometric. ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE as indicated by a BAROMETER. pressure: hydrostatic. The pressure at a given DEPTH due to the WEIGHT of the water column above that DEPTH. pressure: sound. The instantaneous pressure at a point in a medium in the presence of a SOUND WAVE, minus the static pressure at that point. pressure-altitude. An ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE expressed in terms of ALTITUDE which corresponds to that pressure in the STANDARD ATMOSPHERE. pressure gauge. See GAUGE. pressure gradient. Vector, perpendicular to the isobaric line or surface, directed towards low pressure and of intensity equal to the rate of variation of the pressure with distance. Also called barometric gradient. pressure hydrophone. A HYDROPHONE in which the electric OUTPUT substantially corresponds to the instantaneous SOUND PRESSURE of the impressed SOUND WAVE. pressure ice. A general term for FLOATING ICE which has been squeezed together and in places forced upwards, when it can also be described as RAFTED ICE, HUMMOCKED ICE, PRESSURE RIDGE, TENTED ICE. pressure plate. In PHOTOGRAPHY, a flat plate (usually of metal but frequently of glass or other substance) which, by means of mechanical force, presses film into contact with the focal-plane plate of a CAMERA. pressure ridge. A ridge or wall of HUMMOCKED ICE where one FLOE has been pressed against another. pressure wave. A short-period oscillation of pressure such as that associated with the propagation of SOUND through the ATMOSPHERE; a type of LONGITUDINAL WAVE. Price-Gurley current meter. A battery powered electromechanical CURRENT METER which measures current speed only. pricker. A pointed tool used instead of a pencil for laying off finer and more accurate lines on a PLOTTING SHEET. primary circle. See PRIMARY GREAT CIRCLE. primary great circle. A GREAT CIRCLE used as the origin of measurement of a COORDINATE; particularly such a circle 90from the POLES of a system of SPHERICAL COORDINATES, as the EQUATOR. Also called primary circle, fundamental circle. primary radar. See RADAR. primary tide. See TIDE. primary tide station. See STATION: TIDE. prime meridian. See MERIDIAN. prime vertical. See PRIME VERTICAL CIRCLE. prime vertical circle. The VERTICAL CIRCLE through the east and west points of the HORIZON. Often shortened to prime vertical. priming of the tide(s). The acceleration in the TIMES of occurrence of HIGH and LOW WATER due to changes in the relative positions of the MOON and the SUN. The opposite effect is called LAGGING OF THE TIDES. principal axis. See AXIS OF LENS. principal distance. The perpendicular distance from the internal PERSPECTIVE CENTRE to the plane of a particular finished NEGATIVE or PRINT. This distance is equal to the CALIBRATED FOCAL LENGTH corrected for both the enlargement or reduction ratio of the film or paper shrinkage or expansion and maintains the same perspective angles at the internal PERSPECTIVE CENTRE to points on the finished NEGATIVE or PRINT, as existing in the taking CAMERA at the moment of EXPOSURE.


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principal line. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the trace of the PRINCIPAL PLANE upon the PHOTOGRAPH, (e.g., the line through the PRINCIPAL POINT and the PHOTOGRAPH NADIR). principal meridian. See MERIDIAN. principal parallel. See PARALLEL: PHOTOGRAPH. principal plane. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the vertical plane through the internal PERSPECTIVE CENTRE containing the photograph perpendicular of a tilted PHOTOGRAPH. principal point. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the foot of the perpendicular from the interior PERSPECTIVE CENTRE to the plane of the PHOTOGRAPH (i.e. the foot of the photograph perpendicular). principal scale. See SCALE. principal vertical circle. The VERTICAL CIRCLE through the north and south points of the HORIZON, coinciding with the CELESTIAL MERIDIAN. print. In PHOTOGRAPHY, a copy made from a transparency by photographic means. print: blue. A nonreproducible blue image or outline usually printed photographically on paper. print: contact. A photographic PRINT made from either a NEGATIVE or a POSITIVE in contact with a sensitized material. print: ozalid. A photographic contact print developed by a dry diazo process. The process produces a POSITIVE from a positive IMAGE or a NEGATIVE from a negative IMAGE. print: ratio. A PRINT in which the SCALE has been changed from that of the NEGATIVE or transparency by projection printing. printing plates. Any one-piece printing surface of any size, strength, or surface preparation, bearing an image made manually, mechanically or photographically, specifically for the purpose of printing such an image onto some other material. prismatic astrolabe. See ASTROLABE. probability. The likelihood of an event measured by the ratio of the favourable cases to the whole number of cases possible. probable error. See ERROR. probe. Any device inserted in an environment for the purpose of obtaining information about the environment. processor. See MICROPROCESSOR. production platform. A term used to indicate a permanent offshore structure equipped to control the flow of oil or gas. For charting purposes, the use of the term is extended to include all permanent platforms associated with oil or gas production, e.g., field terminal, drilling and accommodation platforms, and "booster" platforms located at intervals along some pipelines. It does not include entirely submarine structures. See also PLATFORM. profile. A graph or curve showing elevation or distribution of some property vs. distance along a line. The vertical SCALE may be greatly exaggerated with respect to the horizontal SCALE. An example of a profile is the graphic record made by a recording ECHO SOUNDER operating while a vessel is underway. A vertical section of the surface of the GROUND, or of underlying STRATA, or both, along any fixed line. profiling: continuous seismic. Determination of the subsoil strata and geological structure by use of sound sources which emit acoustic pulses to penetrate the seabed. Travel time between emission of pulses and reception is usually measured in a towed streamer. program (or programme). The complete sequence of COMPUTER instructions and routines necessary to solve a data processing problem. programming language. A language used to prepare computer programs, for example Fortran, Pascal and many others.

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progressive wave. See WAVE. progress sketch. A MAP or sketch showing work accomplished. In TRIANGULATION and TRAVERSE, each point established is shown on the progress sketch as well as lines observed over and BASES measured. In a levelling survey, the progress sketch shows the route followed and the towns passed through, but not necessarily the locations of the BENCH MARKS. prohibited area. An area shown on CHARTS within which NAVIGATION and/or anchoring is prohibited. In aviation terminology, a specified area within the land areas of a state or territorial waters adjacent thereto over which the flight of aircraft is prohibited. projection. The representation of a figure on a surface, either plane or curved, according to a definite plan. In a PERSPECTIVE PROJECTION this is done by means of projecting lines emanating from a single point, which may be infinity. In CARTOGRAPHY, any systematic arrangement of MERIDIANS and PARALLELS portraying the curved surface of the sphere or SPHEROID upon a plane. Also called map projection or chart projection. In PHOTOGRAPHY, the reduction or enlargement of a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE, by projecting the IMAGE through a LENS. projection: azimuthal (or zenithal). A PROJECTION on which the AZIMUTHS or DIRECTIONS of all lines radiating from a central point or POLE are the same as the AZIMUTHS or DIRECTIONS of the corresponding lines on the sphere. projection: azimuthal equidistant. An AZIMUTHAL PROJECTION on which straight lines radiating from the centre or pole of projection represent GREAT CIRCLES in their TRUE AZIMUTHS from the centre, and lengths along these lines are of exact SCALE. This PROJECTION is neither EQUAL AREA nor CONFORMAL. projection: azimuthal orthomorphic. See PROJECTION: STEREOGRAPHIC. projection: Cassini. A conventional PROJECTION constructed by computing the lengths of arcs along a selected GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIAN and along a GREAT CIRCLE perpendicular to that MERIDIAN, and plotting these as RECTANGULAR COORDINATES on a plane. projection: conformal. A PROJECTION in which all angles around any point are correctly represented. In such a PROJECTION the SCALE is the same in all DIRECTIONS about any point. Very small shapes are correctly represented, resulting in an orthomorphic projection. Hence, the terms of 'conformal' and 'orthomorphic' are used synonymously since neither characteristic can exist independently of the other. projection: conic (or conical). A PROJECTION produced by projecting the GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIANS and PARALLELS onto a cone which is tangent to (or intersects) the surface of a sphere, and then developing the cone into a plane. projection: cylindrical. A PROJECTION produced by projecting the GEOGRAPHICAL MERIDIANS and PARALLELS onto a cylinder which is tangent to (or intersects) the surface of a sphere, and then developing the cylinder into a plane. projection: equal area. A PROJECTION having a constant area scale. Such a PROJECTION is not conformal and is not used for NAVIGATION. Also called equivalent projection. projection: equivalent. See PROJECTION: EQUAL AREA. projection: geometric. See PROJECTION: PERSPECTIVE. projection: gnomonic. A PERSPECTIVE PROJECTION on a plane tangent to the surface of a sphere having the point of projection at the centre of the sphere. The PROJECTION is neither CONFORMAL nor EQUAL AREA. It is the only PROJECTION on which GREAT CIRCLES on the sphere are represented as straight lines. For this reason this PROJECTION is used principally for CHARTS for GREAT CIRCLE SAILING. projection: inverse Mercator. The name given to the TRANSVERSE MERCATOR PROJECTION when the latter is extended right over both POLES. It is used for air charts of polar areas.





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projection: Lambert conformal conic. A CONFORMAL PROJECTION of the conical type, on which all GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIANS are represented by straight lines which meet in a common point outside the limits of the MAP, and the GEOGRAPHIC PARALLELS are represented by a series of arcs of circles having this common point for a centre. MERIDIANS and PARALLELS intersect at right angles, and angles on the EARTH are correctly represented on the PROJECTION. This PROJECTION may have one or two STANDARD PARALLELS along which the SCALE is held exact. projection: Mercator. A CONFORMAL PROJECTION of the cylindrical type. The EQUATOR is represented by a straight line true to SCALE; the GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIANS are represented by parallel straight lines perpendicular to the line representing the EQUATOR; they are spaced according to their distance apart at the EQUATOR. The GEOGRAPHIC PARALLELS are represented by a second system of straight lines perpendicular to the family of lines representing the MERIDIANS, and therefore parallel with the EQUATOR. CONFORMALITY is achieved by mathematical analysis, the spacing of the PARALLELS being increased with the increasing distance from the EQUATOR to conform with the expanding SCALE along the PARALLELS resulting from the MERIDIANS being represented by parallel lines. Since RHUMB LINES appear as straight lines and DIRECTIONS can be measured directly, this PROJECTION is widely used in NAVIGATION. projection: meridional orthographic. An ORTHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION having the plane of the projection parallel to the plane of some selected MERIDIAN; in this PROJECTION, the GEOGRAPHIC PARALLELS and the CENTRAL MERIDIAN are straight lines, the outer MERIDIAN is a full circle, and the other MERIDIANS are arcs of ellipses. projection: orthographic. A perspective azimuthal PROJECTION in which the projecting lines, emanating from a point at infinity, are perpendicular to a tangent plane. This PROJECTION is used chiefly in NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY for interconverting COORDINATES of the CELESTIAL EQUATOR and HORIZON systems. projection: orthomorphic. See PROJECTION: CONFORMAL. projection: perspective. The representation of a figure on a surface, either plane or curved, by means of projecting lines emanating from a single point, which may be infinity. Also called geometric projection. projection: polar orthographic. An ORTHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION having the plane of the projection perpendicular to the AXIS of ROTATION of the EARTH (parallel with the plane of the EQUATOR); in this PROJECTION, the GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIANS are straight lines. projection: polyconic. A PROJECTION having the central GEOGRAPHIC MERIDIAN represented by a straight line, along which the spacing for lines representing the GEOGRAPHIC PARALLELS is proportional to the distances apart of the PARALLELS; the PARALLELS are represented by arcs of circles which are not concentric, but whose centres lie on the line representing the CENTRAL MERIDIAN, and whose radii are determined by the lengths of the elements of cones which are tangent along the PARALLELS. All MERIDIANS except the central one are curved. This PROJECTION is neither CONFORMAL nor EQUAL AREA but it has been widely used for MAPS of small areas because of the ease with which it can be constructed. projection: skewed. Any standard PROJECTION used in MAP or CHART construction, which does not conform to a general north-south format with relation to the NEAT LINES of the MAP or CHART. projection: stereographic. A PERSPECTIVE PROJECTION having the point of PROJECTION at the opposite end of the diameter of the sphere from the point of tangency of the plane of projection. It is conformal and is the only AZIMUTHAL PROJECTION having that quality. When the centre of the PROJECTION is located at a POLE of the sphere, it is called a stereographic polar projection; when on the EQUATOR, a stereographic meridional projection; and when on some other selected PARALLEL of LATITUDE, a stereographic horizon projection. Also called azimuthal orthomorphic projection. projection: stereographic horizontal. See PROJECTION: STEREOGRAPHIC. projection: stereographic meridional. See PROJECTION: STEREOGRAPHIC. projection: stereographic polar. See PROJECTION: STEREOGRAPHIC. projection: transverse cylindrical orthomorphic. See PROJECTION: TRANSVERSE MERCATOR.




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projection: transverse Mercator. A PROJECTION of the cylindrical type, being in principle equivalent to the regular MERCATOR PROJECTION turned (transversed) 90 in AZIMUTH. In this PROJECTION, the CENTRAL MERIDIAN is represented by a straight line, corresponding to the line which represents the EQUATOR on the regular MERCATOR PROJECTION. Neither the GEOGRAPHICAL MERIDIANS, except the CENTRAL MERIDIAN, nor the GEODETIC PARALLELS, except the EQUATOR (if shown), are represented by straight lines. It is a CONFORMAL PROJECTION. Also called transverse cylindrical orthomorphic projection. projection: Universal Transverse Mercator. See GRID: UNIVERSAL TRANSVERSE MERCATOR (UTM). projection: zenithal. See PROJECTION: AZIMUTHAL. projector. An optical instrument which throws the IMAGE of a NEGATIVE or PRINT upon a SCREEN or other viewing surface, usually at a larger scale. An underwater acoustic TRANSMITTER. See UNDERWATER SOUND PROJECTOR. projector: reflecting. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, an instrument by means of which the IMAGE of an AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH can be projected onto a MAP. By varying the position of the projector lens, the scale of the projected IMAGE can be varied, and, by tilting the table top, compensation can be made for any tilt in the PHOTOGRAPH. prolate spheroid. See SPHEROID. prominent object. Objects which are easily identifiable, but do not justify being classed as conspicuous. promontory. A high point of LAND extending into a body of water. A CAPE. proof. In CARTOGRAPHY, an advanced copy of a MAP produced to check the design, register and/or to enable ERRORS to be detected and corrected before final printing. proof plotting. An advanced copy of a map or chart produced by a PLOTTER to check the design and registration, and to detect and correct errors before final printing. propagated error. An error which occurs in one operation and contaminates subsequent operations. properties of sea water. See SEA WATER, SALINITY. proportional dividers. An instrument consisting in its simple form of two legs pointed at both ends and provided with an adjustable PIVOT, so that for any given pivot setting, the distance between one set of pointed ends always bears the same ratio to the distance between the other set. A change in the PIVOT changes the ratio. The dividers are used in transferring measurements between CHARTS or other drawings which are not at the same SCALE. protected reversing thermometer. See THERMOMETER. proton precession magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER: NUCLEAR PRECESSION. protractor. An instrument for measuring angles on a surface; an angular SCALE. In its most usual form it consists of a circle or part of one (usually a semicircle) graduated in DEGREES. See PROTRACTOR: THREE ARM and COMPASS ROSE. protractor: Cust. Square or rectangular sheet of transparent xylonite engraved with a circle graduated in DEGREES and half DEGREES. Observed angles are drawn, in general, on the under side. See PROTRACTOR: THREE ARM. protractor: parallel motion. An instrument consisting essentially of a PROTRACTOR and one or more arms attached to a parallel motion device, so that the movement of the arms is everywhere parallel. The protractor can be rotated and set at any position so that it can be oriented to a CHART. Also called universal drafting machine. protractor: three arm. An instrument consisting essentially of a circle graduated in DEGREES, to which is attached one fixed arm and two arms pivoted at the centre and provided with clamps so that they can be set at any angle to the fixed arm, within the limits of the instrument. It is used for finding a ship's POSITION, when the angles between three fixed and known points are measured. In British terminology, a perspex (or transparent plastic) device used when the MARKS are too close for the use of a STATION POINTER. This instrument has replaced the CUST PROTRACTOR.

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province. In OCEANOGRAPHY and in a morphological sense, a region composed of a group of similar physiographic features whose characteristics are markedly in contrast with surrounding areas (rarely used in marine CARTOGRAPHY). psephyte. A coarse fragmental ROCK (conglomerate) or DEPOSIT composed of rounded PEBBLES. psychrometer. Instrument used to measure the humidity of the ATMOSPHERE. It comprises two identical THERMOMETERS, the bulb of one of which is dry, while that of the other is wet and covered by a film of pure water or ICE. pseudorange. The time shift required to align (correlate) a replica of the GPS code generated in the receiver with the received GPS code, scaled into distance by the speed of light. This time shift is the difference between the time of signal reception (measured in the receiver time frame) and the time of emission (measured in the satellite time frame). puddle. An accumulation on the ICE of melt water, mainly due to melting SNOW, but in the more advanced stages also to the melting of ICE. Initial stage consists of patches of melted SNOW. pull. An impression from an individual printing PLATE. pulsar. A rotating neutron star emitting electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses related to its rotational period. pulse (or impulse). A variation of quantity whose value is normally constant (often zero), the variation being characterized by a rise and a decay. A common example is a very short burst of electromagnetic energy. See WAVE: CONTINUOUS. pulse length. The time interval during which the amplitude of a pulse is at or greater than a specified value, usually stated in terms of a fraction or percentage of the maximum value. pulse modulation. See MODULATION. pulse radio altimeter. See ALTIMETER: RADIO. pulse repetition rate. The rate at which recurrent PULSES are transmitted, usually expressed in PULSES per SECOND. pumice. An excessively cellular, glassy LAVA. It is very light and can float on water until it becomes waterlogged and sinks. punch register system. System involving the use of prepunched holes in the flat and plate and a set of plastic pins or buttons which are used in registering succeeding flats, positioning the image on the plate, and positioning the plate on the press. See also REGISTRATION. punched (or punch) card equipment. A system whose principal feature is that numbers are recorded on cards by means of holes punched in successive columns of a card, the row of the card indicating the digit. pycnocline. A vertical positive density GRADIENT in some LAYER of a body of water, which is appreciably greater than GRADIENTS above and below it.

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radial. A straight line extending outward from a centre. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a line or direction from the RADIAL CENTRE to any point on a PHOTOGRAPH. The RADIAL CENTRE is assumed to be the PRINCIPAL POINT, unless otherwise designated (e.g., NADIR RADIAL). See also ISORADIAL. radial: nadir. A RADIAL from the nadir point. See NADIR: PHOTOGRAPH. radial centre. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the selected point on a PHOTOGRAPH from which RADIALS (directions) to various IMAGE POINTS are drawn or measured (i.e., the origin of RADIALS). The radial centre is either the PRINCIPAL POINT, the nadir point, the ISOCENTRE, or a SUBSTITUTE CENTRE. radial distortion. See under DISTORTION. radial plot. See RADIAL TRIANGULATION. radial triangulation. The aerotriangulation procedure, either graphical or analytical, in which directions from the RADIAL CENTRE, or approximate RADIAL CENTRE, of each overlapping PHOTOGRAPH are used for horizontalcontrol extension by the successive INTERSECTION and RESECTION of these direction lines. A radial triangulation also is correctly called a radial plot or a minor-control plot. If made by analytical methods, it is called an analytical radial triangulation. A radial triangulation is assumed to be graphical unless prefixed by the word analytical. radian. The unit of plane angles in the SI SYSTEM. radiant energy. See ENERGY. radiant flux. See FLUX. radiation. Emission or transfer of energy in the form of ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES or particles. The energy itself is also termed RADIANT ENERGY. radiation fog. A major type of FOG, produced over a land area when radiational cooling reduces the air temperature to or below its DEW POINT. radio. Communication by ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES, without a connecting wire. A RADIO RECEIVER. Sometimes called wireless particularly in British terminology. radio aids. An aid to navigation transmitting information by radio waves. radio acoustic ranging. Determining distance by a combination of RADIO and SOUND, the RADIO being used to determine the instant of transmission or reception of the SOUND, and distance being determined by the TIME of transit of SOUND, usually in water. Also called radio acoustic sound ranging. See DISTANCE FINDING STATION, ECHO RANGING, SONOBUOY. radio acoustic sound ranging. See RADIO ACOUSTIC RANGING. radio altimeter. See ALTIMETER. radiobeacon. A RADIO TRANSMITTER which emits a distinctive or characteristic SIGNAL used for the determination of BEARINGS, COURSES or location. One intended to mark a specific location is called MARKER BEACON. radiobeacon buoy. See BUOY. radio bearing. See BEARING. radiocommunications. Any TELECOMMUNICATION by means of RADIO WAVES. radio compass. See RADIO DIRECTION FINDER. radio direction finder. Radio receiving equipment which determines the direction of arrival of a SIGNAL by measuring the ORIENTATION of the WAVE FRONT or of the magnetic or electric vector. Radio direction finders may be either manual or automatic. Also called direction finder. Formerly called radio compass.

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radio direction finding (or finder) station. A RADIO STATION intended to determine only the direction of other stations by means of transmission from the latter. radio fog signal. See FOG SIGNAL. radio frequency. See FREQUENCY. radio horizon. The line at which direct RAYS from a transmitting ANTENNA become tangent to the EARTH's surface. Its distance from the transmitting ANTENNA is greater than that of the visible HORIZON, and increases with decreasing FREQUENCY. radiolocation. Determination of POSITION or of a LINE OF POSITION by means of radio equipment. See NAVIGATION: ELECTRONIC. radio mast. A tower, pole, or other structure for elevating an ANTENNA. radiometer. An instrument for measuring the intensity of RADIANT ENERGY. radio navigation. See NAVIGATION: ELECTRONIC. radio navigational warning. A radio-transmitted message affecting the safe NAVIGATION of vessels or aircraft. radio range. A radio facility the emissions of which are intended to provide a definite course guidance. radio range station. A radio navigation land station in the aeronautical radio navigation service providing radio EQUISIGNAL ZONES. In certain instances a radio range station may be placed aboard a ship. radio receiver. Equipment for receiving radio signals and converting them into usable form. radio signals: list of. See LIST OF RADIO SIGNALS. radiosonde. Instrument carried through the ATMOSPHERE, equipped with devices permitting one or several meteorological elements (pressure, temperature, humidity, etc.) to be determined, and provided with a RADIO TRANSMITTER for sending this information. radio sonobuoy. See SONOBUOY. radio spectrum. The RANGE of electromagnetic RADIATIONS useful for communication by RADIO (approximately 10 kilohertz to 300,000 MEGAHERTZ). radio stars. Sources of RADIO WAVES existing in the universe. The position of many of the radio stars have been plotted but their SIGNALS are generally very weak. radio station. A place equipped to transmit RADIO WAVES. Such a station may be either stationary or mobile, and may also be provided with a RADIO RECEIVER. In British terminology, also called w/t station. radiotheodolite. Electronic THEODOLITE designed to give the direction in space of a RADIO TRANSMITTER carried by a free balloon. radio time signal. A TIME SIGNAL sent by RADIO. radio transmitter. Equipment for generating radio signals. radio wave(s). See WAVE. radius: cruising. See CRUISING RADIUS. radius of visibility. See under VISIBILITY. radius vector. A straight line connecting a fixed REFERENCE POINT or centre with a second point, which may be moving. In ASTRONOMY, the expression is usually used to refer to the straight line connecting a CELESTIAL BODY with another which revolves around it, as a radius vector of the EARTH and MOON. See COORDINATES: PLANE POLAR and COORDINATES: POLAR.

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radome. A dome, usually of glass reinforced plastic, housing a radar aerial. These domes are often prominent. The term is also used for domes or pods housing similar equipment in ships or on aircraft. rafted ice. Type of PRESSURE ICE formed by one FLOE overriding another. rafting. Pressure process whereby one piece of ICE overrides another. Most common in NEW and YOUNG ICE. rain. PRECIPITATION of liquid water particles in the form of drops of more than 0.5 mm diameter or of smaller widely scattered drops. rainbow. Groups of concentric arcs with colours ranging from violet to red, produced on a "screen" of water drops (raindrops, droplets of DRIZZLE or FOG) in the ATMOSPHERE by LIGHT from the SUN or MOON. rainfall amount. Thickness of the layer of water which accumulates on a horizontal surface, as the result of one or more falls of PRECIPITATION, in the absence of infiltration or evaporation, and if any part of the precipitation falling as SNOW or ICE were melted. Also called amount of precipitation. rain gauge. See GAUGE. raise the land (v.t.). To sight LAND by approaching to the point where it appears above the HORIZON. ram. The underwater projection of ICE from an ICE FRONT, ICE WALL, ICEBERG, or FLOE. Ramark. A radar marker beacon which continuously transmits a SIGNAL appearing as a radial line on the PPI, the line indicating the DIRECTION of the BEACON. Ramarks are intended primarily for marine use. The name 'ramark' is derived from the words radar marker. ramp. A sloping structure that can either be used, as a landing place, at variable water levels, for small vessels, landing ships, or a ferry boat, or for hauling a cradle carrying a vessel. An accumulation of SNOW that forms an inclined plane between land or land ice elements and SEA ICE or ICE SHELF. Also called drift ice foot. random error. See ERROR: ACCIDENTAL. range. Two or more objects in line. Such objects are said to be in range. An observer having them in range is said to be on the range. See also TRANSIT. Distance in a single direction or along a GREAT CIRCLE. The extreme distance at which an object or LIGHT can be seen, or a SIGNAL detected or used. The distance a craft can travel without refuelling, usually called CRUISING RADIUS. The difference in extreme values of a variable quantity. range: cruising. See CRUISING RADIUS. range: diurnal. The difference in HEIGHT between MEAN HIGHER HIGH WATER and MEAN LOWER LOW WATER. Also called great diurnal range. range: geographic(al). The greatest distance at which a LIGHT can be seen as a function of the curvature of the EARTH and the HEIGHTS of the light source and the observer. range: great tropic. The difference in HEIGHT between TROPIC HIGHER HIGH WATER and TROPIC LOWER LOW WATER. range: luminous. The greatest distance at which a LIGHT can be seen merely as a function of its LUMINOUS INTENSITY, the METEOROLOGICAL VISIBILITY, and the sensitivity of the observer's eye. range: magnetic. A RANGE oriented in a given magnetic direction and used to assist in determination of the deviation of a MAGNETIC COMPASS. See DEVIATION: MAGNETIC. range: nominal. The LUMINOUS RANGE of a LIGHT in a homogenous ATMOSPHERE in which the METEOROLOGICAL VISIBILITY is 10 SEA MILES. range: small diurnal. The difference in HEIGHT between mean LOWER HIGH WATER and mean HIGHER LOW WATER.

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range: small tropic. The difference in HEIGHT between TROPIC LOWER HIGH WATER and TROPIC HIGHER LOW WATER. range finder. An optical instrument for measuring the distance to an object. range height indicator. A SCOPE which simultaneously indicates RANGE and HEIGHT of a RADAR TARGET. range light(s). See LIGHT. range of mountains. See MOUNTAIN RANGE. range of tide. The difference in HEIGHT between consecutive HIGH and LOW TIDES at a place. Also called tidal (or tide) range. range of visibility. The extreme distance at which an object or LIGHT can be seen. See RANGE: GEOGRAPHICAL, and RANGE: LUMINOUS. range rod. A simple SURVEYOR's rod, fitted with a sharp-pointed steel shoe. It is usually painted red and white alternately, and used to line up points of a SURVEY. rapid(s). Portions of a STREAM with accelerated CURRENT where it descends rapidly but without a break in the SLOPE of the BED sufficient to form a waterfall. Usually used in the plural. raster data presentation. Method of digitally representing data of an image by a matrix-like scheme of PIXELs. rate. In ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION, the designation of PULSE REPETITION RATE for a pair of transmitting stations, their SIGNALS, and the resulting LINES OF POSITION. rate station. See DRIFT STATION. rational horizon. See HORIZON: CELESTIAL. ratio of ranges. The ratio of the HEIGHT OF TIDE at the SUBORDINATE STATION to the HEIGHT OF TIDE at the REFERENCE STATION. ratio of rise. The ratio of the HEIGHT OF TIDE at two places. ratio print. See PRINT. ravine. In general, any steep-sided VALLEY. ray. A BEAM of RADIANT ENERGY of infinitesimal cross-section, such as a LIGHT RAY. Rayleigh criterion. Used in tidal analysis. Only those harmonic constituents which are separated by at least a complete period from their neighbouring constituents over the length of data available should be included in the harmonic analysis of a given time series. reach. A straight section of a RIVER, especially a navigable RIVER between two bends. See also SEA REACH. An ARM OF THE SEA extending into the LAND. real image. See IMAGE. rear light. See LIGHT(S): RANGE. rear nodal point. See NODAL POINT. receiver. One who or that which receives anything, particularly a RADIO RECEIVER. recession of a shoreline. Landward movement of the SHORELINE. Also called retrogression of a beach. reciprocal bearing. See BEARING. reciprocal levelling. See LEVELLING. reckoning. In NAVIGATION, computation by which the POSITION of a ship is found. See DEAD RECKONING.

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recommended course. See TRACK: RECOMMENDED. recommended route. See ROUTE: RECOMMENDED. recommended track. See TRACK: RECOMMENDED. reconnaissance. In SURVEYING, a general examination or SURVEY of the main features, or certain specific features, of a region, usually as a preliminary to a more detailed SURVEY. An examination of an area to gain specific information, as the weather conditions, extent and nature of ICE, etc. reconnaissance map. See MAP. reconnaissance survey. See SURVEY. recorder. The man on a survey party who records the observational DATA. A recording instrument. The part of an instrument or machine that records. recording anemometer. See ANEMOGRAPH. recording barometer. See BAROMETER. recoverable station. See STATION. recovery of station. In SURVEYING, the identifying and checking of an original STATION. This is considered as recovered when its MARK (MONUMENT) is identified as authentic and proved to be occupying its original site. rectangular coordinates. See COORDINATES. rectification. The process of projecting a tilted or OBLIQUE PHOTOGRAPH onto an horizontal reference plane, the angular relationship between the PHOTOGRAPH and the plane being determined by ground methods. rectified altitude. See ALTITUDE: APPARENT. rectilinear current. See CURRENT: REVERSING. rectilinear stream. See CURRENT: REVERSING. rectoblique plotter. A mechanical device intended for RECTIFICATION of individual RAYS on tilted or OBLIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS. recurrence rate. See REPETITION RATE. red mud. See MUD. red sector. A sector of the CIRCLE OF VISIBILITY of a navigational LIGHT in which a red light is exhibited. Such sectors are designated by their limiting BEARINGS, as observed at some point other than the LIGHT. Red sectors are often located so that they warn of danger to vessels. red tide. A red or reddish-brown discoloration of surface waters, most frequently in coastal regions, caused by concentration of certain microscopic organisms, particularly dinoflagellates. Toxins produced by the dinoflagellates can cause mass kills of fishes and other marine animals. reduced latitude. See LATITUDE: PARAMETRIC. reduction. The process of substituting for an observed value one derived therefrom. reduction of soundings. The CORRECTION of the observed DEPTHS, for the HEIGHT OF TIDE above or below the plane of reference at the TIME of SOUNDING. Usually the term reduction of soundings does not cover CORRECTIONS other than those due to TIDE. See CORRECTION OF SOUNDINGS, LEAD LINE CORRECTION and TIDE REDUCER. reduction of tides. The processing of observed tidal data to obtain mean values of TIDAL CONSTANTS.

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revolver. See FIX: CIRCULAR. revolving light. See LIGHT: ROTATING. rho-teta system. Positioning system measuring the distance (rho) and direction (teta) from an existing control station to a mobile or another point. rhumb. See RHUMB LINE. rhumb line. A line on the surface of the EARTH making the same oblique angle with all MERIDIANS; a LOXODROME spiralling toward the POLES in a constant true direction. PARALLELS and MERIDIANS, which also maintain constant true directions, may be considered special cases of the rhumb line. A rhumb line is a straight line on a MERCATOR PROJECTION. Sometimes shortened to rhumb. rhumb line sailing. See SAILING. ria. A long narrow INLET, with DEPTH gradually diminishing inward; a CREEK. Any broad RIVER opening into the OCEAN. ridge. a) A long, narrow ELEVATION with steep sides. b) A long, narrow ELEVATION often separating ocean basins. c) The major oceanic mountain systems of global extent. d) Region of the ATMOSPHERE in which pressure is high relative to the surrounding region at the same level. It is represented on a WEATHER CHART by a system of nearly parallel ISOBARS or CONTOURS, of approximately Ushape, which are concave towards an ANTICYCLONE. See OCEANIC RIDGE? TROUGH? WEDGE and PRESSURE RIDGE. rift. A cleft, fissure or chasm in the EARTH. See MEDIAN VALLEY. rift valley. See MEDIAN VALLEY. rig. A temporary, mobile structure, either fixed or floating, used in the exploration stages of oil and gas fields. right ascension. ANGULAR DISTANCE east of the vernal EQUINOX; the arc of the CELESTIAL EQUATOR, or the angle at the CELESTIAL POLE, between the HOUR CIRCLE of the vernal EQUINOX and the HOUR CIRCLE of a point on the CELESTIAL SPHERE, measured eastward from the HOUR CIRCLE of the vernal EQUINOX through 24 hours. right bank. Of a RIVER, the BANK on the right-hand side as one proceeds downstream. right reading image. An IMAGE which may be read or observed normally whether in NEGATIVE or POSITIVE form. rill mark. A small groove, furrow or CHANNEL made in MUD or SAND on a BEACH by tiny STREAMS following an outflowing TIDE. rip current. See CURRENT. ripple. The ruffling of the surface of water, hence a little curling WAVE or UNDULATION. A WAVE controlled to a significant degree by both surface tension and GRAVITY. ripple mark. Undulating surface features of various shapes produced in unconsolidated sediments by wave or current action. rip-rap. See GROIN. rips. A turbulent agitation of water generally caused by the interaction of CURRENTS and WIND; in nearshore regions, rips may also be caused by CURRENTS flowing swiftly over an irregular BOTTOM. rise. A long, broad ELEVATION that rises gently and generally smoothly from the SEA FLOOR. rise (v.i.). Of a CELESTIAL BODY, to cross the visible HORIZON while ascending. The opposite is SET. rise of tide. The HEIGHT of HIGH WATER above DATUM. Also called tidal rise.

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section. Process of locating and coordinating a point from at least two existing control stations by observing horizontal directions from the control stations to the point. Also called intersection. sector scan sonar. A horizontal aperture SONAR used to detect obstructions ahead of the vessel by mechanical or electronic scanning in the horizontal plane. secular change. An increase or decrease of intensity and/or change of direction of the total MAGNETIC FIELD over a period of many years. sediment. Particulate organic and inorganic matter which accumulates in a loose unconsolidated form. It may be chemically precipitated from solution, secreted by organisms, or transported by air, ICE, WIND, or water and deposited. sediment(s): bottom. In general all sedimentary material regardless of origin found on or in the submarine BOTTOM, including ballast or other material dumped into the SEA by man. More specifically it is limited to unconsolidated mineral and organic material forming the sea bottom, not including CORAL REEFS or BEDROCKS. sediment survey. A survey to determine the nature and distribution of types of sea bottom SEDIMENTS. sedimentary (adj.). Formed by the deposition of SEDIMENT. sedimentary rocks. ROCKS formed by the accumulation of SEDIMENT in water (aqueous DEPOSITS) or from air (eolian DEPOSITS). The SEDIMENTS may consist of rock fragments or particles of various sizes (conglomerate, sandstone, shale); of the remains or products of animals or plants (certain LIMESTONES and coal); of the product of chemical action or of evaporation (salt, gypsum, etc.); or of mixture of these materials. sedimentation. The process of breakup and separation of particles from the parent ROCK, their transportation, deposition, and consolidation into another ROCK. sediment core. See CORE. sedimentology. The science concerned with the description, classification, origin, and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rock. sediment trap. A device used to measure the rate and amount of SEDIMENTATION in a location. seiche. A STANDING WAVE oscillation of an enclosed or semi-enclosed water body that continues, pendulum fashion, after the cessation of the originating force, which may have been either seismic, atmospheric, or wave induced. seismic reflection. The study of the shallower internal structure of the earth by generating acoustic waves and registering their reflection from subsurface layers. seismic refraction. The study of the shallower internal structure of the earth by generating acoustic waves and registering their return at increasing distances from the acoustic source, thus detecting waves that have been transmitted along deeper layers of greater elasticity and rigidity . seismic sea wave. See TSUNAMI. seismograph. An instrument that records the direction, intensity and TIME of EARTHQUAKES. seismology. The science and study of EARTHQUAKES, and their causes and effects and related PHENOMENA. selectivity. The degree of decrease in the RESPONSE of a resonant device with departure from RESONANCE. Selectivity determines the ability of a RADIO RECEIVER to differentiate between SIGNALS of different carrier FREQUENCY. selenotrope. A device used in geodetic SURVEYING for reflecting the MOON's RAYS to a distant point, to aid in long-distance OBSERVATIONS. self-aligning level. See LEVELLING INSTRUMENT: SELF-ALIGNING LEVEL. semaphore. Any apparatus for signalling.





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semicircular deviation. See DEVIATION. semidiameter. Half the angle at the observer subtended by the visible disk of a CELESTIAL BODY. SEXTANT ALTITUDES of the SUN and MOON should be corrected for semidiameter unless the centre is observed, as with a BUBBLE SEXTANT. semidiameter correction. A CORRECTION due to SEMIDIAMETER, particularly that sextant altitude correction resulting from OBSERVATION of the upper or lower LIMB of a CELESTIAL BODY, rather than the centre of that body. semidiurnal current. See CURRENT. semidiurnal tide. See TIDE. semi-enclosed sea. See ENCLOSED SEA. semimajor axis. One-half of the longest diameter of an ellipse. semiminor axis. One-half of the shortest diameter of an ellipse. send. See SCEND. sensibility of magnetic compass. The ability of a magnetic compass card to align itself with the MAGNETIC MERIDIAN after deflection. sensibility (or sensitivity) of spirit level. The ACCURACY and PRECISION which a SPIRIT LEVEL is capable of producing. Sensibility depends on the radius of curvature of its longitudinal section; the longer the radius, the more sensitive the level. sensible horizon. See HORIZON. sensitive bubble. See LEVEL: SPIRIT. sensitivity of electronic equipment. The ability of electronic equipment to amplify a SIGNAL, measured by the minimum strength of signal INPUT capable of causing a desired value of OUTPUT. The lower the INPUT signal for a given OUTPUT, the higher the sensitivity. sensitivity of spirit level. See SENSIBILITY OF SPIRIT LEVEL. separation effect. In ECHO SOUNDING instruments with separate transmitting and receiving units, the effect caused by such separation. This introduces an ERROR depending on the distance between the acoustic units and varying with the DEPTH of water. Such ERROR makes the registered DEPTH greater than the actual DEPTH. Separation also causes a LAG in registration of the transmitted SIGNAL. separation line. See SEPARATION ZONE. separation zone (or line). A zone or line separating the traffic LANES in which ships are proceeding in opposite, or nearly opposite directions; or separating a traffic lane from the adjacent sea area; or separating traffic lanes designated for particular classes of ships proceeding in the same direction. sequence of current. The order of occurrence of the TIDAL CURRENT strengths of a day, with special reference to whether the greater FLOOD immediately precedes or follows the greater EBB. sequence of tide. The order in which the TIDES of a day occur, with special reference to whether the HIGHER HIGH WATER immediately precedes or follows the LOWER LOW WATER. serial temperatures. The OBSERVATIONS required to determine the vertical distribution of temperature and SALINITY with DEPTH at any one place in the OCEAN. set. The direction toward which a CURRENT flows. set (v.i.). Of a CELESTIAL BODY, to cross the APPARENT HORIZON while descending. The opposite is RISE. To establish, as to set a COURSE.


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set of observations. A set of two or more OBSERVATIONS at different settings of the apparatus made in order to eliminate certain ERRORS which, for the apparatus concerned, are inherent in a single OBSERVATION. settlement. The general lowering in level of a moving vessel, relative to what its level would be were it motionless. Settlement is due to the regional depression of the surface of the water in which the ship moves. It is not an increase in displacement. Settlement is a factor to be reckoned in ECHO SOUNDING. sexagesimal. An angular division whereby a circle is divided in 360 equal parts called degrees. A degree is divided in 60 minutes and one minute in 60 seconds. sextant. A double-reflecting instrument for measuring angles, primarily ALTITUDES of CELESTIAL BODIES. The sextant has an arc of 60 , a sixth of a circle, from which it derives its name, and a RANGE of 120 . In modern practice the term also applies to a similar instrument, regardless of its RANGE. See also OCTANT, QUADRANT and QUINTANT. sextant: air. A SEXTANT designed primarily for AIR NAVIGATION. Air sextants are generally provided with some form of ARTIFICIAL HORIZON. sextant: bubble. A SEXTANT with a bubble or SPIRIT LEVEL to indicate the horizontal. sextant: gyro. A SEXTANT provided with a GYROSCOPE to indicate the horizontal. sextant: hydrographic. See SEXTANT: SOUNDING. sextant: marine. A SEXTANT designed primarily for MARINE NAVIGATION. sextant: pendulum. A SEXTANT provided with a PENDULUM to indicate the horizontal. sextant: sounding (British terminology). A simplified and more robustly constructed version of the marine sextant intended primarily for use in HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY. It has no SHADES, a wide angle low magnification telescope and is generally graduated in MINUTES of arc. It may be fitted with either a VERNIER or a MICROMETER reading device. Both mirrors are silvered all over to enable angles up to 180to be measured. Some sounding sextants have a 90prism attachment which reflects the normal direct LINE OF SIGHT 90to the left. Called surveying sextant, or hydrographic sextant in U.S. terminology. sextant: surveying. See SEXTANT: SOUNDING. sextant adjustment. The process of checking the ACCURACY of a SEXTANT and removing or reducing its ERROR. sextant altitude. See under ALTITUDE. sextant altitude correction. Any of several CORRECTIONS applied to a SEXTANT ALTITUDE in the process of converting it to TRUE ALTITUDE. sextant chart. See CIRCLE SHEET. sextant error. See ERROR. sextometer method. A substitute for PLANE TABLE TRAVERSE for short distances in unimportant areas where the use of the PLANE TABLE is impracticable and the survey party operates in a LAUNCH. AZIMUTH is carried forward by means of angles accurately measured with a SEXTANT. Distance is determined by measuring, also with the SEXTANT, the small horizontal angle between fixed TARGETS on a special rod held horizontally. The angle may be converted into a distance by means of a HYPSOGRAPH. shade. A coloured glass that can be moved into the LINE OF SIGHT of an optical instrument, such as a SEXTANT, to reduce the intensity of light reaching the eye. Also called shade glass. See HORIZON SHADE, and INDEX SHADE. shaded relief. See ILLUMINATED RELIEF. shade glass. See SHADE. shading. Gradations of light, colour, or thickness of lines; or indications of shadows. Shading of lines is sometimes used on CHARTS to produce the effect of HEIGHT or DEPTH. See also HILL SHADING.





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sound (v.i.). To measure the DEPTH of the water. sound buoy. See BUOY. sound channel. The region in the water column where SOUND VELOCITY first decreases to a minimum value with DEPTH and then increases in value as a result of pressure. Above the minimum value SOUND RAYS are bent downward, and below the minimum value SOUND RAYS are bent upward; the RAYS are thus trapped in this CHANNEL. SOUND travelling in a deep channel can be detected thousands of MILES from the sound source. sounder. A machine or apparatus for SOUNDING. An ECHO SOUNDER. sounder: echo. See ECHO SOUNDER. sounding. Measured or charted DEPTH of water, or the measurement of such a DEPTH. In METEOROLOGY, determination of one or several upper-air meteorological elements by means of instruments carried up by balloon, aircraft, kite, glider, ROCKET, SATELLITE, etc. sounding: acoustic. See ECHO SOUNDING. sounding: danger. A minimum SOUNDING chosen for a vessel of specific DRAFT in a given area to indicate the limit of safe NAVIGATION. sounding(s): detached. Those SOUNDINGS, including least DEPTHS on SHOALS, whose POSITIONS were accurately located. See POSITION: DETACHED. sounding: doubtful. A DEPTH shown on a CHART over a SHOAL, a ROCK, etc., that may be less than that indicated. sounding: drift. A method of finding the least DEPTH in a shoal area by letting the boat drift along a series of closely spaced, previously run parallel SOUNDING LINES, while the LEADSMAN sounds or 'feels' along the BOTTOM. The operation is repeated until the SHOAL is found or the area is covered. sounding: echo. See ECHO SOUNDING. sounding: fixed angle. A method consisting in sounding along the arcs of circles subtended by two objects whose POSITION is known. For each arc, an angle remains constant (fixed angle) and the second angle, between another pair of objects, defines the POSITION of the vessel along the arc. By varying the fixed angle successively by equal amounts, a series of LINES OF SOUNDING covering the area systematically can be run. See FIXED ANGLE PLOT. sounding: formation. SOUNDING carried out by two or more ships in formation searching for a reported danger. sounding: hand lead. SOUNDING with HAND LEAD. Hand lead soundings are usually taken from a slowly moving vessel. sounding: line of. See LINE OF SOUNDING. sounding(s): minus (U.S. terminology). SOUNDINGS that reduce to HEIGHT above the SOUNDING DATUM (plane of reference) when corrected for HEIGHT OF TIDE. Minus soundings are shown on the SMOOTH SHEET preceded by a minus sign. sounding(s): no bottom (U.S. terminology). SOUNDINGS where the BOTTOM was not reached because the general DEPTHS were too great for the method of measurement. sounding: wire. SOUNDING with a SOUNDING MACHINE. To obtain a vertical wire sounding the ship or boat must be stopped while the wire is running out. sounding(s): zero (U.S. terminology). SOUNDINGS that reduce to HEIGHTS above the SOUNDING DATUM but shown on the SMOOTH SHEET as zero soundings regardless of HEIGHT. A practice now discontinued. See SOUNDING: MINUS. sounding apparatus. Any apparatus designed for use in measuring the DEPTH of water. sounding board. See FIELD BOARD.

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sounding book. See SOUNDING RECORD. sounding bottle. A strong metal container fitted with non-return valves for taking WATER SAMPLES at great DEPTHS. See also WATER BOTTLE. sounding datum. See DATUM. sounding interval. The interval between successive SOUNDINGS along a LINE OF SOUNDING. See DENSITY OF SOUNDINGS. sounding lead. A LEAD used for determining DEPTH of water. Also referred to as plummet. sounding line. A LINE OF SOUNDING. A LEAD LINE. sounding machine. An instrument for measuring DEPTH of water, consisting essentially of a reel of wire to one end of which is attached a WEIGHT which carries a device for recording the DEPTH. A crank or motor is provided for reeling in the wire. sounding mark (British terminology). A MARK erected for CONTROL of SOUNDING; its POSITION is determined by plotting using INTERSECTIONS from sextant FIXES. sounding pole. A graduated pole or rod used for SOUNDING in SHALLOW WATER. Also called sounding rod. sounding record. Bound record book in which all of the DATA taken on a HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY are entered, and become part of the permanent records of the SURVEY. Also called sounding book. sounding rod. See SOUNDING POLE. sounding selection. 1. Water depths numerically displayed on a CHART. 2. The process of choosing individual water depths from a hydrographic survey in the compilation of a chart. sounding tube. A glass tube of small diameter, used with certain types of SOUNDING MACHINES in determining DEPTH. sounding wire. A wire used with a SOUNDING MACHINE in determining DEPTH. sound intensity. See INTENSITY. sound pressure. See PRESSURE. sound ray. A line perpendicular at each of its points to the fronts of a sound WAVE. sound signal. Any SOUND produced to convey intelligence, as a FOG SIGNAL. sound signal: submarine. A SOUND SIGNAL transmitted through water. sound velocity. The rate of motion at which sound energy moves through a medium. The velocity of sound in SEA WATER is a function of temperature, SALINITY, and the changes in pressure associated with changes in DEPTH. An increase in any of these factors tends to increase the VELOCITY. sound wave. See WAVE. source. The point where a RIVER rises. source diagram. A small scale map or index placed on a chart to indicate the coverage area, and textual description, of the source data, used in construction of the chart. Also called compilation diagram. south celestial pole. See POLE: CELESTIAL. south geographical pole. See POLE: GEOGRAPHICAL. southing. The distance a craft makes good to the south. The opposite is NORTHING. south magnetic pole. See MAGNETIC POLE.

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space coordinates. See COORDINATES. space modulation. See MODULATION. spar buoy. A BUOY made of a tapered log or metal shaped like a tapered log, and secured so as to float in an approximately vertical position. sparker. An ECHO SOUNDER which uses an electrical spark discharge as the sound source. A RECORDER produces a CHART which represents a vertical cross section of the geological structure beneath the water bottom. spatial (adj.). Pertaining to or limited by space. special mark. In the IALA Maritime Buoyage System a special mark indicates an area or feature referred to in nautical documents; it is not primarily intended to assist navigation. special purpose map. See MAP. specific gravity. The ratio of the density of a substance at a given temperature and the density of some other substance used as a STANDARD. For liquids and solids, the STANDARD assumed is the density of distilled water at 4 C. spectroscope. An optical instrument for forming SPECTRA. It is very useful in studying the characteristics of CELESTIAL BODIES. spectrum (pl. spectra). A series of IMAGES formed when a BEAM of RADIANT ENERGY is separated into its various WAVE LENGTH components, as when a BEAM of white light is refracted and dispersed by a prism. The entire RANGE of electromagnetic RADIATIONS, or any part of it used for a specific purpose, as the RADIO SPECTRUM (10 kilohertz to 300,000 MEGAHERTZ). specular reflection. The type of reflection, in optics or microwave theory, characteristic of a highly polished plane surface from which all rays are reflected at an angle equal to the angle of incidence. speed. Rate of motion. The terms speed and VELOCITY are often used interchangeably, but speed is a scalar, having magnitude only, while VELOCITY is a vector quantity, having both magnitude and direction. Speed may either be the ship's speed through water, or the SPEED MADE GOOD over ground. speed: angular. Change of direction per unit time. Also called angular rate or angular velocity. speed: ground. See GROUND SPEED. speed: linear. Rate of motion in a straight line. speed: relative. See RELATIVE MOTION. speed line. A LINE OF POSITION approximately perpendicular to the COURSE. speed made good. The actual velocity of the ship along a course measured in relation to the ocean bottom or to fixed objects ashore. speed of lens. See APERTURE: RELATIVE. speed of propagation. The speed with which waves of energy travel through or along a medium other than a specially constructed path. speed of relative movement. See RELATIVE MOTION. speed of sound. The SPEED OF PROPAGATION of sound waves . speedometer. An ODOMETER recording the SPEED of a craft by a process of differentiation. speed scale. See SCALE. sphere. A curved surface all points of which are equidistant from a fixed point within, called the centre. spherical aberration. See ABERRATION OF LIGHT.


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spherical buoy. See BUOY. spherical coordinates. See COORDINATES. spherical excess. The amount by which the sum of the three angles of a spherical triangle exceeds 180 . spherical sailing. See SAILING. spherical wave. See WAVE. spheroid. An ellipsoid; a figure resembling a sphere. Also called ellipsoid or ELLIPSOID OF REVOLUTION, from the fact that it can be formed by revolving an ellipse about one of its axes. In GEODESY, this term is frequently used to mean REFERENCE SPHEROID. See also SPHEROID: OBLATE and SPHEROID: PROLATE. spheroid: oblate. An ELLIPSOID OF REVOLUTION, the minor AXIS of which is the AXIS of REVOLUTION. The EARTH is approximately an oblate spheroid. spheroid: prolate. An ELLIPSOID OF REVOLUTION, the major AXIS of which is the AXIS of REVOLUTION. spheroid of reference. See REFERENCE SPHEROID. spicule. A minute needlelike or multiradiate calcareous or siliceous body in sponges, radiolarians, primitive chitons, and echinoderms. They frequently are identified in marine sediment samples. spilling breaker. See BREAKER. spindle. A spar serving as a BEACON. A slender pin or rod, as one constituting part of a machine. spire. A pointed structure extending above a building. The spire is seldom less than two-thirds of the entire height and its lines are rarely broken by stages or other features. The term is not applied to short pyramid-shaped structures rising from a tower or belfry. spirit bubble. See LEVEL: SPIRIT. spirit compass. See COMPASS: LIQUID. spirit level. See LEVEL. spirit level axis. See AXIS OF SPIRIT LEVEL. spirit levelling. See LEVELLING. spit. A small point of land or narrow SHOAL projecting into a body of water from the SHORE. splines. Flexible rulers or interpolation algorithm used to draw smooth curves between points when constructing e.g. hyperbolic lattices. split fix. See FIX. split line of sounding. A LINE OF SOUNDING run to fill a void when the maximum spacing of principal lines is exceeded. spoil. MUD, SAND, SILT or other DEPOSIT obtained from the BOTTOM of a CHANNEL or HARBOUR by dredging. spoil banks. Submerged accumulations of dumped material dredged from CHANNELS or HARBOURS. spoil ground. A sea area where dredged material is deposited. Also called dumping ground. spoil ground buoy. A BUOY marking the limit of a SPOIL GROUND. spot elevation. A point on a MAP or CHART whose ELEVATION is noted. It is usually indicated by a dot accompanied by a number indicating the vertical distance of the point from the reference DATUM. Spot elevations are used principally to indicate points higher than their surroundings. Also called spot height.


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strait (also straits). A PASSAGE connecting two larger bodies of water. straits used for international navigation. Geographically, a narrow passage between two land masses or islands or group of islands connecting two larger sea areas. strand. The portion of the SEASHORE between high and low water line. strand (v.t. & i.). To run aground. The term strand usually refers to a serious grounding, while the term GROUND refers to any grounding, however slight. stranded. 1. The terms "stranded" and "sunken" apply exclusively to items that once were afloat but which are now resting on the bottom. Stranded items project above the sounding datum while sunken items do not project above the sounding datum. These terms apply most often to wrecks. Masts, funnels, and other extensions of wreck superstructure should be disregarded when applying the above definition; i.e., such features may project above the sounding datum and still have the wreck classified as sunken. 2. The grounding of a vessel so that it is not soon refloated; a serious grounding. strath. A broad elongated DEPRESSION with relatively steep walls located on a CONTINENTAL SHELF. The longitudinal profile of the floor is gently undulating with greatest DEPTHS often found in the inshore portion. stratification. The state of a fluid that consists of two or more horizontal layers arranged according to their density. stratocumulus. See CLOUD GENERA. stratopause. Top of the INVERSION LAYER in the upper STRATOSPHERE, at about 50-55 km. stratosphere. Region of the ATMOSPHERE, situated between the TROPOPAUSE and the STRATOPAUSE, in which the temperature generally increases with HEIGHT. From an imperfect analogy with the ATMOSPHERE, the term is sometimes applied in OCEANOGRAPHY to the nearly uniform masses of cold, deep and bottom water of middle and low LATITUDES. This LAYER is separated from the TROPOSPHERE by the THERMOCLINE. stratum (pl. strata). A single sedimentary bed or LAYER of generally homogenous ROCK, independent of thickness. stratus. See CLOUD GENERA. strays. In ECHO SOUNDING, false indications occasionally appearing on the DIAL or FATHOGRAM of an ECHO SOUNDER. They may be caused by the motion of the vessel through the water, by acoustic or electric NOISES in the ship, or by electric NOISES in the echo sounding equipment. Strays may be mistaken for the true echo or may be of such a nature as to prevent the identification of the true echo. stream. Any RIVER, BROOK, RIVULET or course of running water. A steady CURRENT in the SEA or in a RIVER, especially the middle or most rapid part of a TIDE or CURRENT. A steady FLOW of a fluid, small solid particles, or RADIANT ENERGY. stream (v.t.). To place overboard and secure, as to stream a LOG, or stream a sea anchor. stream: ebb. See EBB STREAM. stream: flood. See FLOOD STREAM. stream: ingoing. See FLOOD STREAM. stream: outgoing. See EBB STREAM. stream: rectilinear. See CURRENT: REVERSING. stream: rotary. See CURRENT: ROTARY. stream: tidal. See CURRENT: TIDAL. stream current. See CURRENT.

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streamer. A string of hydrophones towed behind a ship. streamline. A LINE OF FLOW. In METEOROLOGY, line envelope in space of the tangents to the instantaneous wind directions at a given time. Also written as two words. See also TRAJECTORY. streamline flow. See LAMINAR FLOW. strength of current. The PHASE of a TIDAL CURRENT at which the SPEED is a maximum; also the SPEED at this time. strength of figure. In GEODESY, the comparative PRECISION of computed lengths in a TRIANGULATION NET as determined by the size of the angles, the number of conditions to be satisfied, and the distribution of BASES and points of fixed POSITION. striding level. See LEVEL. strip. In ice terminology, a long narrow area of PACK ICE, about 1 km or less in width, usually composed of small fragments detached from the main mass of ICE, and run together under the influence of WIND, SWELL or CURRENT. strip coordinates. See COORDINATES. strip film (or stripping film). A film which has the emulsion coated on an extremely thin membrane which is in turn supported on a normal-thickness film base. The emulsion and the membrane can be stripped (separated) from the base after exposure and processing. The thin image so obtained can be mounted face down on a new support for lateral image reversal or used for combining with, or inserting in, other image elements. stripes (of colour). Areas of contrasting colour separated from one another by straight lines, and used as distinguishing characteristic for navigation marks. In British terminology horizontal stripes are denoted as bands. strong gale. Wind with a speed between 41 and 47 KNOTS (Beaufort scale wind force 9). structure. The term "structure" shall include, without limitation, any pier, wharf, dolphin, weir, boom, breakwater, bulkhead, revetment, riprap, jetty, permanent mooring structure, power transmission line, permanently moored floating vessel, piling, aid to navigation, or any other obstacle or obstruction. stylus. A pointer that is operated by placing it in a display space or a tablet. subastral point. See SUBSTELLAR POINT. sub-bottom profiler. A form of active, low frequency sonar in which acoustic beams penetrate the BOTTOM. A recorder produces a chart which represents a cross section of the geological structure of the subbottom. See also: ECHO SOUNDER. sub-celestial point. See SUB-POINT. sublunar point. The GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION of the MOON. That point on the surface of the EARTH at which the MOON is in the ZENITH at a specified TIME. See SUB-POINT. submarine bell. A bell whose SIGNAL is transmitted through water. submarine cable. See CABLE. submarine canyon. See CANYON. submarine geology. See GEOLOGY. submarine navigation. See NAVIGATION. submarine oscillator. See OSCILLATOR. submarine peninsula. See PENINSULA.

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submarine pipeline. See PIPELINE. submarine relief. See RELIEF. submarine ridge. An elongated elevation of the sea floor, with either irregular or relatively smooth topography and steep sides which constitutes a natural prolongation of land territory. submarine sentry. A form of underwater KITE towed at a predetermined constant DEPTH in search of ELEVATIONS of the BOTTOM. The KITE rises to the surface upon encountering an OBSTRUCTION. submarine sound channel. A water layer with minimum sound velocity and high concentration of sound energy in which sound waves are propagated without reflection from sea surface or bottom. submarine sound signal. See SOUND SIGNAL. submarine spring. See SPRING. submarine valley. See VALLEY. submarine volcano. A seabed volcano, submerged at the chart sounding datum, which may or may not be active. submerged (adj.). Under water; not showing above water. The opposite is UNCOVERED. submerged rock. A rock covered at the chart sounding datum and considered to be potentially dangerous to navigation. subordinate station. See STATION. subpermanent magnetism. See MAGNETISM: PERMANENT. subplan. An INSET on a SURVEY SHEET used to extend the survey coverage shown on the sheet, or to show small congested areas at enlarged SCALES. sub-point. That point on the surface of the EARTH at which a particular CELESTIAL BODY is in the ZENITH at a specified TIME. Also called 'geographical position of a celestial body'. Called sub-celestial point in Canadian terminology. See SUBLUNAR POINT, SUBSOLAR POINT, SUBSTELLAR POINT. sub-sea completion. See WELL: PRODUCTION. subsidiary station. See STATION. subsoil. All naturally occurring matter lying beneath the sea-bed or deep ocean floor. subsolar point. The GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION of the SUN; that point on the EARTH at which the SUN is in the ZENITH at a specified TIME. subsonic (adj.). Designating or of SPEEDS that are less than that of SOUND. substellar point. The GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION of a STAR; that point on the surface of the EARTH at which the STAR is in the ZENITH at a specified TIME. Also called subastral point. substitute centre. A point which, because of its ease of identification on overlapping PHOTOGRAPHS, is used instead of the PRINCIPAL POINT as a RADIAL CENTRE. substitute map. See MAP. subsurface current. See CURRENT. subsurface mark. See UNDERGROUND MARK. subsurface sound channel. The SUBMARINE SOUND CHANNEL which is adjacent to the water surface. subtense bar. A horizontally held bar of precisely determined length, used to measure distances by observing the angle it subtends at the distance to be measured.



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subtense method. A procedure by which distance measurements are obtained by use of a SUBTENSE BAR. sue. The vertical amount which a vessel aground dries due to the fall of the TIDE. sugar loaf. A descriptive term for a conical HILL. sugar loaf sea. Waves that rise into sugar loaf shapes, with little WIND, possibly resulting from intersecting WAVES. summer solstice. See SOLSTICE. summer time. See TIME: DAYLIGHT SAVING. summit. The highest point, part or ELEVATION; top or APEX. Sumner line. A CELESTIAL LINE OF POSITION, particularly one established by the SUMNER METHOD. Named after Captain Thomas H. Sumner, the discoverer of the LINE OF POSITION by celestial observation. Sumner method. The establishing of a LINE OF POSITION from the OBSERVATION of the ALTITUDE of a CELESTIAL BODY by assuming two LATITUDES (or LONGITUDES) and calculating the LONGITUDES (or LATITUDES) through which the LINE OF POSITION passes. sun. The luminous CELESTIAL BODY at the centre of the SOLAR SYSTEM, around which other CELESTIAL BODIES revolve. sun: apparent. The actual SUN as it appears in the sky. Also called true sun. sun: mean. A fictitious SUN conceived to move eastward along the CELESTIAL EQUATOR at a rate that provides a uniform measure of TIME equal to the average APPARENT TIME. It is used as a reference for reckoning MEAN TIME, ZONE TIME, etc. sun: true. See SUN: APPARENT. sun compass. See COMPASS. sundial. An instrument that indicates TIME by the position of the shadow of a pointer or GNOMON cast by the SUN on the face of a DIAL marked in HOURS. sunken rock. A ROCK potentially dangerous to SURFACE NAVIGATION, the SUMMIT of which is below the lower limit of the zone for ROCK AWASH. sunrise. The crossing of the APPARENT HORIZON by the upper LIMB of the ascending SUN. sunset. The crossing of the APPARENT HORIZON by the upper LIMB of the descending SUN. sunshine recorder. See HELIOGRAPH. sunspot. Any of the dark spots sometimes seen at the surface of the SUN; they are believed to have some connection with magnetic disturbances on EARTH. sunspot cycle. The time interval (11.2 YEARS) during which the number of SUNSPOTS progresses from a minimum to a maximum and decreases again to a minimum. super high frequency (SHF). See FREQUENCY: RADIO. superior conjunction. See CONJUNCTION. superior mirage. See MIRAGE. superior planet(s). See PLANET(S): SUPERIOR. superior transit. See MERIDIAN TRANSIT. superjacent waters. The waters lying immediately above the sea-bed or deep ocean floor up to the surface.



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super-short baseline acoustic system. A variation of the short baseline system with three sensors incorporated in a single transducer. supersonic (adj.). Designating or of a SPEED greater than the SPEED of SOUND. supplemental control. See CONTROL. supplemental control point. A photoimage point for which an ELEVATION or a horizontal POSITION, or both, is to be, or has been determined. See also CONTROL POINT. supplementary station. See STATION. surf. Collective term for BREAKERS. The wave activity in the area between the SHORELINE and the outermost limit of BREAKERS. surface boundary layer. See GROUND LAYER. surface current. See CURRENT. surface duct. A zone immediately below the sea surface where SOUND RAYS are refracted toward the surface and then reflected. They are refracted because the SOUND VELOCITY at some DEPTH near the surface is greater than at the surface. The RAYS alternately are refracted and reflected along the duct to considerable distances from the sound source. surface mark. A STATION MARK used in addition to the UNDERGROUND MARK, over which it is plumbed. surface navigation. See NAVIGATION. surface of position. A surface on some point of which a craft is located. surface reflection. The return of SOUND RAYS to depth after striking the sea surface. surface temperature. Temperature of the water of the surface layer of the SEA (or LAKE, RIVER, etc.). surface wave. See WAVE. surf zone. The area between the outermost BREAKER and the limit of wave UPRUSH. surge. A ship's bodily motion forward and backward along the longitudinal axis, caused by the force of the sea acting alternately on the bow and stern. The name applied to wave motion with a period intermediate between that of the ordinary WIND WAVE and that of the TIDE, from about 1/2 to 60 minutes. Horizontal oscillation of water with comparative short period accompanying a SEICHE. surge (v.i.). To rise and fall, as a vessel at anchor. To vary abruptly and momentarily in amount, as an electric current in a circuit. surge: negative. An occasion when the level of the sea is lower than the predicted level. It is caused by meteorological conditions. surge: positive. An occasion when the level of the sea is higher than the predicted level. It is caused by meteorological conditions. surging breaker. See BREAKER. surround. See MARGIN. survey. The orderly process of determining DATA relating to the physical or chemical characteristics of the EARTH. The act or operation of making measurements for determining the RELATIVE POSITION of points on, above or beneath the EARTH's surface. The result of such operations. An organization for making surveys.

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survey: aerial. A SURVEY using AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS as part of the surveying operation; also the taking of AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS for surveying purposes. survey: cadastral. A SURVEY relating to land boundaries and subdivisions, made to create units suitable for transfer or to define the limitations of title. Also called land survey. survey: coastal. HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY of coastal area including COASTLINING. survey: exploratory. A SURVEY executed for the purpose of obtaining general information concerning areas about which such information was not, previously, a matter of record. survey: geodetic. A SURVEY in which the figure and size of the EARTH is considered. It is applicable for large areas and long lines and is used for the precise location of basic points suitable for controlling other SURVEYS. survey: geologic(al). A SURVEY or investigation of the character and structure of the EARTH, of the physical changes which the EARTH'S CRUST has undergone or is undergoing, and of the causes producing those changes. survey: graphic control. A skeleton SURVEY made by PLANE TABLE for the purpose of (a) locating the HYDROGRAPHIC SIGNALS, (b) locating additional CONTROL from AERIAL SURVEYS and clarification of indefinite detail on PHOTOGRAPHS, of (c) a combination of the two. survey: gravimetric. A SURVEY made to determine the ACCELERATION OF GRAVITY at various places on the EARTH's surface. survey: ground. A SURVEY made by ground methods, as distinguished from an AERIAL SURVEY. A ground survey may or may not include the use of PHOTOGRAPHS. survey: harbour. HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY of a harbour area. survey: hydrographic. A SURVEY having for its principal purpose the determination of DATA relating to bodies of water. A hydrographic survey may consist of the determination of one or several of the following classes of DATA: DEPTH of water; configuration and NATURE OF THE BOTTOM; directions and force of CURRENTS; HEIGHTS and TIMES of TIDES and water stages; and location of topographic features and fixed objects for survey and navigation purposes. survey: land. See SURVEY: CADASTRAL. survey: large scale. A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY at a LARGE SCALE. Large scale surveys are usually intended to furnish detailed information for dredging, or other types of harbour improvement. survey: magnetic. A SURVEY conducted to measure the strength and direction of the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD at specific points on or near the surface of the EARTH. survey: magnetometer. A SURVEY wherein the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD is mapped by the use of a MAGNETOMETER. survey: new. See RESURVEY. survey: oceanographic. A study or examination of any physical, chemical, biological, geological or geophysical condition in the OCEAN, or any part of it. An expedition to gather DATA, samples or information to conduct such studies or examination. survey: offshore. HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS conducted in areas beyond a certain distance from the shore, e.g. in the HIGH SEAS. survey: photogrammetric. A SURVEY utilizing either TERRESTRIAL or AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS. survey: preliminary. See SURVEY: RECONNAISSANCE. survey: reconnaissance. A hasty preliminary SURVEY of a region made to provide some advance information regarding the area which may be useful, pending the execution of more complete SURVEYS. Also called preliminary survey.


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survey: revisory. Hydrographic surveys conducted for the revision of charts including checking depths, aids to navigation, existence of land and water features, and any changes or additions such as new features constructed that are important to the mariner. A revisory survey is not considered to be a detailed resurvey. survey: running. A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY in which the greater part of the work is done from the ship steaming along the COAST. A LINE OF SOUNDING is run on the COURSE MADE GOOD and any additional information of a hydrographic nature which can be obtained whilst under way, is collected. survey: sketch. A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY made (due to lack of time or facilities) to a lower degree of ACCURACY and detail than the chosen SCALE would normally indicate. survey: sonar. HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY using a SONAR. survey: tagline. A LARGE SCALE SURVEY made by employing a TAGLINE. An accurate method sometimes adopted in river and harbour work. survey: topographic. A SURVEY which has for its major purpose the determination of the configuration (RELIEF) of the surface of the EARTH and the location of natural and artificial objects thereon. survey: wire-drag. A HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY made utilizing a WIRE DRAG. In areas of rocky BOTTOM or where submerged obstacles such as WRECKS are present, a wire-drag survey represents the most practical way of making sure that all OBSTRUCTIONS or dangers have been found and least DEPTHS over them obtained. Also called wire drag sweep. survey buoy. See BUOY. survey boat. A boat used for hydrographic surveys. surveying. Specifically, the science or art of making such measurements as are necessary to determine the RELATIVE POSITION of points above, on, or beneath the surface of the EARTH, or to establish such points. Generally, the art of making a SURVEY. surveying: plane. A branch of the art of SURVEYING in which the surface of the EARTH is considered a plane surface. In plane surveying, curvature of the EARTH is neglected, and computations are made using the formulae of plane geometry and plane trigonometry. surveying (or mapping) camera. See CAMERA. surveying sextant. See SEXTANT: SOUNDING. survey mark. An object placed at the site of a station to identify the surveyed location of that station. In particular, an object whose coordinates are used for control in a geodetic network. Also called MARKER, geodetic marker, and MONUMENT. survey net. See LEVEL NET, TRIANGULATION NET. surveyor. A person engaged in SURVEYING. surveyor's compass. See COMPASS. survey sheet. See HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY SHEET. survey (or surveying) ship (or vessel). A ship or vessel specially equipped for carrying out HYDROGRAPHIC and/or OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY. survey signal. See SIGNAL. survey station. See STATION. survey traverse. See TRAVERSE. Swallow float. A tubular BUOY, usually made of aluminium, that can be adjusted to remain at a selected density level to drift with the motion of that water mass. The FLOAT is tracked by shipboard listening devices and current velocities can be determined.



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swamp. An area of spongy land saturated with water. It may have a shallow covering of water, usually with a considerable amount of vegetation appearing above the surface. swash. A narrow CHANNEL or SOUND within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the SHORE. Also called swashway. A BAR over which the SEA washes. The rush of water up onto a BEACH following the breaking of a WAVE. swash channel. A CHANNEL across a BANK, or among SHOALS. swash mark. The thin wavy line of fine SAND, mica scales, bits of SEAWEED, etc., left by the UPRUSH when it recedes from its upward limit of movement on the BEACH. swashway. See SWASH. swath(e). The strip or lane on the ground scanned by a multi-beam sounder when the survey vessel proceeds along its course. swath(e) sounding system. A multi-beam system which is capable of obtaining a lane of soundings from a single ship's track. sway. The side-to-side bodily motion of a ship, independent of ROLLING, caused by uniform pressure being exerted all along one side of the hull. sweep (v.t. & i.). To tow a line or object below the surface, to determine the least depth in an area or to insure that a given area is free from navigational dangers to a certain depth; or the removal of such dangers. sweeping. The process of towing a line or object below the surface, to determine whether an area is free from isolated submerged dangers to vessels and to determine the position of any dangers that exist, or to determine the least depth of an area. swell. Ocean waves which have travelled out of their generating area. Swell characteristically exhibits a more regular and longer PERIOD and has flatter CRESTS than WAVES within their FETCH. Rising of the water of a RIVER above its usual LEVEL. Gently rising GROUND or a rounded HILL above the surrounding GROUND. swing. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, a rotation of a PHOTOGRAPH in its own plane about its camera axis. swinger. See FIX: CIRCULAR. swinging buoy. See COMPASS ADJUSTMENT BUOY. swinging ship. The process of placing a vessel on various HEADINGS and comparing MAGNETIC COMPASS readings with the corresponding magnetic DIRECTIONS, to determine DEVIATION. This usually follows COMPASS COMPENSATION (or ADJUSTMENT), and is done to obtain information for making a DEVIATION TABLE. Also called compass calibration, or calibration of compass. See COMPENSATION OF MAGNETIC COMPASS. swirl error. See ERROR. symbol. A CHARACTER, letter, or similar graphic representation used on a CHART, MAP, HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY SHEET, or DIAGRAM to represent some object, quantity, characteristic, etc. synodical month. See MONTH. synodic (or synodical) period. The interval of time between any planetary configuration of a CELESTIAL BODY, with respect to the SUN, and the next successive same configuration of that body, as from INFERIOR CONJUNCTION to INFERIOR CONJUNCTION. synoptic analysis. Sea WEATHER ANALYSIS. synoptic chart (or map). See CHART (or MAP): WEATHER. synoptic forecast. WEATHER FORECAST based on SYNOPTIC OBSERVATION.


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5273 table. An orderly, condensed arrangement of numerical or other information, usually in parallel vertical columns. See CONVERSION TABLE, CURRENT TABLES, TIDE TABLES, TRAVERSE TABLE. tableland. An elevated region of LAND with a generally level surface of large or considerable extent; a lofty PLAIN; a PLATEAU. tablemount. A SEAMOUNT having a comparatively smooth flat top. Also called guyot. tabular berg. A flat-topped ICEBERG. Most tabular bergs form by breaking from an ICE SHELF and show horizontal banding. tabulation. Orderly arrangement as in a TABLE. tachometer. A device that indicates or measures the revolutions per MINUTE of a revolving shaft or the VELOCITY of a machine. tachymeter (or tacheometer). A surveying instrument designed for use in the rapid determination of distance, DIRECTION, and difference of ELEVATION from a single OBSERVATION, using a short base which may be an integral part of the instrument. tachymetry. A method of SURVEYING for the rapid determination of distance, DIRECTION, and relative ELEVATION of a point with respect to the instrument station by a single OBSERVATION on a rod or other object at the point. The stadia method of SURVEYING is an example of tachymetry. tach stave (levelling staff). A staff with a length of about 2m with subdivisions. It is used in combination with a levelling instrument or theodolite. taffrail. The after rail at the stern of a vessel. taffrail log. See LOG. tagline. A line, either marked at equal intervals or run over a registered sheave, used in LARGE-SCALE SURVEYS to take equally spaced SOUNDINGS at predetermined distances from the CONTROL STATIONS. tagline survey. See SURVEY. tail wind. WIND which blows in the same direction as that in which an object is moving, with respect to the EARTH's surface. talus. A SLOPE. A sloping mass of DETRITUS lying at the base of a CLIFF or the like, and consisting of material which has fallen from its face; also the SLOPE or inclination of the surface of such a mass. talweg (or thalweg). The line joining the lowest points of a VALLEY throughout its length. Sometimes called valley line. tandem control. In HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY, a system of obtaining two or more adjacent SOUNDING LINES run simultaneously and controlled by one ship, the other ships, or LAUNCHES being merely referenced to it. tank. A fixed structure for storing liquids. tangent screw. A slow motion screw of a surveying instrument or SEXTANT. tape. In SURVEYING, a ribbon of steel, INVAR, or other suitable material on which GRADUATIONS are placed for the measurement of lengths or distances. See also BASE TAPE (or WIRE). tape: alignment correction. A CORRECTION applied to the measured length of a line to allow for the TAPE not being held exactly in a vertical plane containing the line. tape: base. See BASE TAPE (or WIRE). tape: catenary correction. See TAPE: SAG CORRECTION.


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telemeter. An instrument for determining the distance from one point to another. Some such instruments employ a TELESCOPE and measure the angle subtended by a short base of known length. The complete equipment for measuring any quantity, transmitting the results electrically to a distance point, and there recording the values measured. telemeter: electronic. An electronic device that measures the phase difference or transit time between a transmitted electromagnetic IMPULSE of known FREQUENCY and SPEED and its return. telemetry. The study and technique involved in measuring a quantity or quantities in place, transmitting this value to a station, and there interpreting, indicating, or recording the quantities; and transmitting commands from the station to control the measurement device. telemotor. A hydraulic or electrical device controlling the action of power at a distance, specifically, a device which controls the steering gear of a ship. telescope. An optical instrument used as an aid in viewing or photographing distant objects, particularly celestial objects. telescope: meridian. A TELESCOPE whose motion along a VERTICAL CIRCLE is intended to lie in the plane of the MERIDIAN. telescope: photo zenithal. An instrument designed to take photos of stars culminating close to the zenith of a station in order to determine the position of the station with high accuracy. telescope: reflecting. A TELESCOPE which collects light by means of a concave MIRROR. telescope: refracting. A TELESCOPE which collects light by means of a LENS or system of LENSES. telescope: zenith. An astronomical instrument for determining the LATITUDE by observing ZENITH DISTANCES of two STARS that culminate as close as possible in TIME, and at nearly the same ALTITUDE on opposite sides of the ZENITH. telescopic alidade. See ALIDADE. telltale compass. See COMPASS. telluric current(s). See CURRENT: TELLURIC. temperature. The intensity or degree of heat. temperature correction (levelling). That CORRECTION which is applied to an observed difference of ELEVATION to correct for the ERROR introduced when the temperature at which the LEVELLING RODS are used in the field is different from the temperature at which they were standardized. temperature correction (tape). See TAPE: TEMPERATURE CORRECTION. temperature inversion. In OCEANOGRAPHY, a LAYER in which temperature increases with DEPTH. Also called inversion layer. temperature lapse rate. Rate of decrease of temperature with increasing HEIGHT; usually an average rate over a distance, for example 100 METRES, is considered. temperature-salinity diagram. The plot of temperature versus SALINITY data of a water column. The result is a DIAGRAM which identifies the water masses within the column, the column's stability, and indicates the st value, and allows an estimate of the ACCURACY of the temperature and salinity measurements. template (or templet). A pattern or guide, usually constructed of paper, plastic, or metal, used to shape, delimit, or locate an area. A device used in RADIAL TRIANGULATION to represent the AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH; the template provides a record of the directions of RADIALS taken from the PHOTOGRAPH. temporal (adj.). Pertaining to or limited by TIME. temporal variation. See MAGNETIC TEMPORAL VARIATION.







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temporary magnetism. See MAGNETISM. tension correction (tape). See TAPE: TENSION CORRECTION. tented ice. PRESSURE ICE in which two ICE FLOES have been pushed into the air, leaving an air space underneath. terminal. A number of berths grouped together, providing facilities for handling a particular form of cargo, e.g. oil terminal, container terminal. terrace. A relatively flat horizontal or gently inclined surface, sometimes long and narrow, bounded above and below by rather abrupt SLOPES. terrain. Standing GROUND. A tract of country considered with regard to its natural features, configuration, etc. terrestrial camera. See CAMERA. terrestrial equator. See EQUATOR. terrestrial globe. See GLOBE. terrestrial latitude. See LATITUDE. terrestrial longitude. See LONGITUDE. terrestrial magnetic field. See GEOMAGNETIC FIELD. terrestrial magnetism. See GEOMAGNETISM. terrestrial meridian. See MERIDIAN: ASTRONOMICAL. terrestrial navigation. The kind of NAVIGATION which uses marks ashore for positioning. terrestrial photogrammetry. See PHOTOGRAMMETRY. terrestrial photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. terrestrial pole. See POLE. terrigenous (adj.). Derived from the LAND. Applied to marine DEPOSITS, originating from the EROSION of the LAND as opposed to pelagic DEPOSITS. terrigenous sediments. DEPOSITS consisting of DEBRIS derived from the EROSION of land areas and usually deposited in the shallow parts of the SEA. territorial sea. A belt of water of a defined breadth but not exceeding 12 nautical miles measured seaward from the territorial sea baseline. territorial waters. See TERRITORIAL SEA. tesla. The unit of magnetic flux density in the SI SYSTEM. test. The hard covering or supporting structure of many invertebrates; it may be enclosed within an outer layer of living tissue; a SHELL. Texas tower. A fixed tower mounted on the CONTINENTAL SHELF or on a SHOAL, used to drill and operate gas or petroleum wells, and to provide a platform for AIDS TO NAVIGATION and meteorological or oceanographic instrumentation. thalweg. See TALWEG. thaw. Melting of SNOW and/or ICE, at the EARTH's surface, following a temperature rise above 0 C. thematic map. See MAP.



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theodolite. A precision surveying instrument consisting of an ALIDADE with a TELESCOPE. It is mounted on an accurately graduated CIRCLE and is equipped with necessary LEVELS and reading devices. Sometimes, the ALIDADE carries a graduated VERTICAL CIRCLE. theodolite: direction. A THEODOLITE in which the graduated HORIZONTAL CIRCLE remains fixed during a series of OBSERVATIONS, the TELESCOPE being pointed on a number of SIGNALS or objects in succession, and the DIRECTION of each read on the CIRCLE, usually by the use of MICROMETER MICROSCOPES. theodolite: face(s) of. See FACE(S) OF THEODOLITE. theodolite: repeating. A THEODOLITE so designed that successive measures of an angle may be accumulated on the graduated CIRCLE, and a final reading of the CIRCLE made which represents the sum of the repetitions. The observed value of the angle is obtained by dividing the total arc passed through in making the series of OBSERVATIONS by the number of times the angle has been observed. Also called repeating instrument. See REPETITION METHOD OF OBSERVATION. theodolite: transit. See TRANSIT. theodolite axes. See AXIS: HORIZONTAL and AXIS: VERTICAL. theodolite drag. See DRAG (of THEODOLITE). theoretical error. See ERROR. thermal equator. See EQUATOR. thermal layer. See THERMOCLINE. thermocline. A vertical negative temperature gradient in some LAYER of a body of water, which is appreciably greater than the GRADIENTS above and below it; also a LAYER, in which such a GRADIENT occurs. The principal thermoclines in the OCEAN are either seasonal, due to heating of the surface water in summer, or permanent. Also called discontinuity layer, or thermal layer. thermocline: transient. A small decrease in vertical temperature observed above the THERMOCLINE. It is a shortterm PHENOMENON associated primarily with diurnal heating and wind mixing. thermogram. Record made by a THERMOGRAPH. thermograph. THERMOMETER used to give a graphical record of the time variations of temperature. thermohygrograph. See HYGROTHERMOGRAPH. thermometer. Instrument used in the measurement of temperature. thermometer: deep sea. A THERMOMETER for ascertaining the temperature of SEA WATER at any DEPTH. See THERMOMETER: PROTECTED REVERSING, THERMOMETER: REVERSING, THERMOMETER: UNPROTECTED REVERSING. thermometer: dry-bulb. That of the two THERMOMETERS of a PSYCHROMETER whose bulb is bare and which indicates the air temperature. thermometer: maximum. THERMOMETER used for measuring the highest temperature attained during a given interval of time, for example, a day. thermometer: minimum. THERMOMETER used for measuring the lowest temperature attained during a given interval of time, for example, a day. thermometer: protected reversing. A REVERSING THERMOMETER enclosed in a heavy glass case to protect it from HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE. thermometer: reversing. A DEEP-SEA THERMOMETER that records temperature at the desired DEPTH upon being inverted and thereafter retains its reading until returned to the first position. Reversing thermometers are generally used in pairs on WATER BOTTLES.


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thermometer: tape. A precision THERMOMETER fitted in a specially designed case to clip on and against a metal TAPE in order to determine TEMPERATURE CORRECTIONS for precision BASE or TRAVERSE tape measurements. thermometer: unprotected reversing. A REVERSING THERMOMETER which is not protected against HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE. Used in conjunction with PROTECTED REVERSING THERMOMETERS to determine THERMOMETRIC DEPTH. thermometer: wet-bulb. That of the two THERMOMETERS of a PSYCHROMETER whose bulb is wet and covered by a film of pure water or ICE. thermometric depth. See DEPTH. thermometric levelling. See LEVELLING. thermoprobe. A TRANSDUCER used to measure temperature 'in situ' of ocean BOTTOM SEDIMENTS at DEPTHS beneath the BOTTOM. Such measurements when combined with heat conductivity information provide a measurement of heat flow through the ocean bottom. third order triangulation. See TRIANGULATION CLASSIFICATION. three-arm protractor. See PROTRACTOR: THREE-ARM. three-point fix. See FIX. three-point fix method. One of the principal methods used on inshore HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS for establishing the POSITION of the SURVEY VESSEL. It involves the measurement with SEXTANTS of two angles between three known STATIONS, the middle STATION being common to both angles, and plotting the vessel's POSITION graphically with a THREE-ARM PROTRACTOR. three-point problem. The determination of the horizontal POSITION of a point of observation from DATA comprising two observed horizontal angles between three objects of known POSITION. The problem is solved either graphically by the use of a THREE-ARM PROTRACTOR, or analytically by trigonometrical computation. threshold. In aeronautical terminology, the beginning of that portion of the RUNWAY usable for landing. threshold speed. The minimum SPEED of CURRENT at which a particular CURRENT METER will measure at its rated reliability. thunder. Sharp or rumbling SOUND which accompanies LIGHTNING. thunderstorm. One or more sudden electrical discharges manifested by the flash of light (LIGHTNING) and a sharp or rumbling sound (THUNDER). tidal basin. See BASIN. tidal bore. See BORE. tidal constants. Tidal relations that remain essentially constant for any particular locality. Tidal constants are classed as harmonic and non-harmonic, the HARMONIC CONSTANTS consisting of the AMPLITUDES and EPOCHS, and the NON-HARMONIC CONSTANTS including those values determined directly from OBSERVATIONS, such as tidal ranges and intervals. tidal constituent. See HARMONIC CONSTITUENT. tidal current. See CURRENT. tidal current chart. See CHART. tidal current signal. See SIGNAL. tidal (or tide) cycle. A complete set of tidal conditions, as those occurring during a TIDAL DAY, LUNAR MONTH or METONIC CYCLE. tidal datum. See DATUM.



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tidal day. LUNAR DAY. The period of the daily CYCLE of the TIDES, differing slightly from the LUNAR DAY because of PRIMING and LAGGING OF THE TIDE. tidal difference. Difference in TIME or HEIGHT of a HIGH or LOW WATER at a SUBORDINATE STATION and at a REFERENCE STATION for which predictions are given in the TIDE TABLES. The difference, when applied according to sign to the prediction at the REFERENCE STATION, gives the corresponding TIME or HEIGHT for the SUBORDINATE STATION. tidal epoch. See PHASE LAG. tidal flat. A MARSH or sandy or muddy coastal flatland which is covered and uncovered by the RISE and fall of the TIDE. tidal harbour. See HARBOUR. tidal light(s). See LIGHT. tidal movement. The movement which includes both the vertical RISE and fall of the TIDE, and the horizontal FLOW of the TIDAL CURRENTS. This movement is associated with the astronomical TIDE-PRODUCING FORES of the MOON and SUN acting upon the rotating EARTH. tidal observations. See OBSERVATION. tidal prediction. See TIDE PREDICTION. tidal range. See RANGE OF TIDE. tidal rise. See RISE OF TIDE. tidal stream. See CURRENT: TIDAL. tidal theories. The different theories trying to describe the tidal phenomena. tidal water. Any water the level of which changes periodically due to tidal action. See TIDEWATER. tidal wave. See WAVE. tide. The periodic RISE and fall of the surface of OCEANS, BAYS, etc., due principally to the gravitational interactions between the MOON, SUN and EARTH. tide: analysis. The mathematical processes by which the observed TIDE or TIDAL CURRENT are analyzed to obtain constituents and statistics. tide(s): apogean. TIDES of decreased RANGE occurring when the MOON is near APOGEE. tide: astronomical. TIDE due to the attraction of the SUN and MOON, in contrast to a METEOROLOGICAL TIDE, caused by meterological conditions. EQUILIBRIUM TIDE. tide: compound. A tide constituent with a SPEED equal to the sum or difference of the SPEEDS of two or more basic constituents. Compound tides usually occur in SHALLOW WATER regions. See SHALLOW WATER CONSTITUENT. tide: diurnal. A TIDE in which the TIDAL CYCLE consists of one HIGH WATER and one LOW WATER each TIDAL DAY. In British terminology also called single day tide. tide: double. A double-headed TIDE. Also called agger. See HIGH WATER: DOUBLE and LOW WATER: DOUBLE. tide: earth. Periodic movement of the EARTH's CRUST caused by the TIDE-PRODUCING FORCES of the MOON and SUN. tide: ebb. See TIDE: FALLING.


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tide(s): equatorial. TIDES that occur approximately every two weeks when the MOON is over the EQUATOR. At these times, the MOON produces minimum DIURNAL INEQUALITY in the TIDE. tide: equilibrium. A hypothetical TIDE based upon the assumption that the water responds, instantly to the TIDEPRODUCING FORCES of the MOON and SUN, and forms a surface of EQUILIBRIUM under the action of these forces, disregarding friction, inertia and the irregular distribution of the land masses. tide(s): equinoctial spring. Those TIDES occurring near the EQUINOXES when the FULL or NEW MOON and the SUN have little or low DECLINATION and SPRING TIDES of greater RANGE than the average occur, particularly if the MOON is also nearly in PERIGEE. tide: falling. The portion of the TIDE CYCLE between HIGH WATER and the following LOW WATER. Also called ebb tide. The opposite is RISING TIDE. tide: flood. See TIDE: RISING. tide: half. The condition or TIME of the TIDE when at the level midway between any given HIGH TIDE and the following or preceding LOW TIDE. tide: high. See HIGH WATER. tide: leeward (or lee). A TIDAL CURRENT setting in the same direction as that in which the WIND is blowing. Also called leeward tidal current. tide: low. See LOW WATER. tide: lunar. That part of the TIDE due solely to the TIDE-PRODUCING FORCES of the MOON, as distinguished from that part caused by the forces of the SUN. See TIDE: SOLAR. tide: meteorological. A change in water level caused by local meteorological conditions, in contrast to an ASTRONOMICAL TIDE caused by the attraction of the SUN and MOON. tide: mid-extreme. A level midway between the extreme HIGH WATER and extreme LOW WATER occurring at a place. See HALF-TIDE LEVEL. tide: mixed. The TYPE OF TIDE in which a diurnal WAVE produces large INEQUALITIES in HEIGHTS and/or durations of successive HIGH and/or LOW WATERS. This term applies to the TIDES intermediate to those predominantly semidiurnal and those predominantly diurnal. tides: mixed diurnal. Diurnal tides which become semidiurnal with a considerable decrease of range when the moon's declination is small. tides: mixed semidiurnal. Semidiurnal tides with noticeable inequality in corresponding extremes. tide(s): neap. The TIDES of decreased RANGE occurring near the TIMES of FIRST and LAST QUARTER. tide: oceanic. The periodic rise and fall of the earth's oceans resulting from gravitational interactions between the sun, moon, and earth. tide: partial. One of the harmonic components comprising the TIDE at any point. The periods of the partial tides are derived from various combinations of the ANGULAR VELOCITIES of EARTH, SUN, MOON, and STARS relative to each other. See HARMONIC CONSTITUENT. tide(s): perigean. TIDES of increased RANGE occurring when the MOON is near PERIGEE. tide(s): predicted. The expected TIMES and HEIGHTS of the TIDE as given in the TIDE TABLES in advance of their occurrence. tide: primary. That part of a tidal UNDULATION that is the direct response to a TIDE-PRODUCING FORCE. tide(s): quarter-diurnal. The TIDE resulting from the distortion of the normal TIDE in SHALLOW WATER with four HIGH WATERS and four LOW WATERS during one day. See also TIDE(S): SHALLOW WATER. tide: rising. The portion of the TIDE CYCLE between LOW WATER and the following HIGH WATER. Also called flood tide. The opposite is FALLING TIDE.




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tide(s): secondary. Those additional TIDES HIGHER LOW WATERS and LOWER HIGH WATERS that occur twice a MONTH (when the MOON is over the EQUATOR) in a general pattern of DIURNAL TIDES. tide: semidiurnal. A TIDE in which the TIDAL CYCLE consists of two HIGH WATERS and two LOW WATERS each TIDAL DAY, with comparatively little DIURNAL INEQUALITY. tide(s): shallow water. A distortional effect upon astronomically generated TIDE caused by SHALLOW WATERS. See also TIDE(S): QUARTER-DIURNAL. tide: single day. See TIDE: DIURNAL. tide: slack. See SLACK WATER. tide: solar. That part of the TIDE due solely to the TIDE-PRODUCING FORCES of the SUN, as distinguished from that part caused by the forces of the MOON. tide(s): solsticial. TIDES occurring near the TIMES of the SOLSTICES, when the TROPIC RANGE is especially large. tide(s): spring. The TIDES of increased RANGE occurring near the TIMES of FULL MOON and NEW MOON. tide: storm. See STORM SURGE. tide: syzygy. The TIDE which takes place on the afternoon of the day the SUN and MOON are in SYZYGY. (This term is now little used). tide: tropic. The TIDE that occurs twice monthly when the effect of the MOON's maximum DECLINATION north or south of the EQUATOR is greatest. tide: vanishing. The PHENOMENON occurring when a HIGH and LOW WATER 'melt' together into a period of several hours with a nearly constant water level. The TIDE is in the diurnal category but is known as a 'vanishing tide'. tide: weather. See TIDE: WINDWARD. tide: windward. A TIDAL CURRENT setting to windward. Also called weather tide. tide-bound (adj.). Unable to proceed because of insufficient DEPTH of water due to tidal action. tide bulge. See TIDE WAVE. tide crack. The fissure at the line of junction between an immovable ICEFOOT or ICE WALL and FAST ICE, the latter being subject to the RISE and fall of the TIDE. tide curve. Any graphic representation of the RISE and fall of the TIDE. TIME is generally represented by the abscissae and the HEIGHT of the TIDE by ordinates. For normal TIDES the curve so produced approximates a sine curve. Also called marigram. tide cycle. See TIDAL CYCLE. tide gate. A restricted passage through which water runs with great SPEED due to tidal action. tide gauge. See GAUGE. tide-generating force. See TIDE-PRODUCING FORCE. tideland. LAND which is under water at HIGH TIDE and uncovered at LOW TIDE. tide lock. A LOCK situated between a BASIN or CANAL and TIDEWATER to maintain the water at a desired level as the HEIGHT of the TIDE changes. Also called guard lock. tidemark. A HIGH WATER MARK left by TIDAL WATER. The highest point reached by a HIGH TIDE. A MARK placed to indicate the highest point reached by a HIGH TIDE, or, occasionally, any specified state of TIDE.



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tide pole. See TIDE STAFF. tide-predicting machine. An instrument that computes, sometimes for years in advance, the TIMES and HEIGHTS of HIGH and LOW WATERS at a REFERENCE STATION by mechanically summing the HARMONIC CONSTITUENTS of which the TIDE is composed. tide (or tidal) prediction. The mathematical process by which the TIMES and HEIGHTS of the TIDE are determined in advance from the HARMONIC CONSTITUENTS at a place. See HARMONIC ANALYSIS OF TIDE. tide-producing force(s). That part of the gravitational attraction of a CELESTIAL BODY which is effective in producing the TIDES on EARTH. The SUN and MOON are the principal astronomic bodies that have a tide-producing effect. The force varies approximately as the mass of the attracting body and inversely as the cube of its distance. Also called tide-generating force. tide race. A strong TIDAL CURRENT or a CHANNEL in which such a CURRENT flows. tide range. See RANGE OF TIDE. tide reducer. The CORRECTION that must be applied to a recorded SOUNDING for the HEIGHT OF TIDE above or below the DATUM of reference at the TIME of SOUNDING. tide register. See GAUGE: TIDE. tide rip(s). Small WAVES formed on the surface of water by the meeting of opposing TIDAL CURRENTS or by a TIDAL CURRENT crossing an irregular BOTTOM. Vertical oscillation, rather than PROGRESSIVE WAVES, is characteristic of tide rips. tide signal. See SIGNAL. tide staff. A TIDE GAUGE consisting of a vertical graduated pole from which the HEIGHT OF TIDE at any TIME can be read directly. Also called tide pole. tide staff: multiple. A succession of TIDE STAFFS on a sloping SHORE, so placed that the vertical GRADUATIONS on the several staffs form a continuous scale with reference to the same DATUM. tide station. See STATION. tide tables. TABLES listing daily predictions, usually a year in advance, of the TIMES and HEIGHTS of the TIDE. These predictions are usually supplemented by TIDAL DIFFERENCES and TIDAL CONSTANTS by means of which additional predictions can be obtained for numerous other places. See TIDE PREDICTION. tidewater. Water affected by TIDES or sometimes that part of it which covers the TIDELAND. The term is sometimes used broadly to designate the SEABOARD. See TIDAL WAVES. tide wave. A long-period wave associated with the TIDE-PRODUCING FORCES of the MOON and SUN; identified with the rising and falling of the TIDE. Also called tide bulge. See TIDE, TIDAL MOVEMENT, STAND OF TIDE. tideway. A CHANNEL through which a TIDAL CURRENT runs. tie. A survey connection from a point of known POSITION to a point whose POSITION is desired. A tie is made to determine the POSITION of a supplementary point whose POSITION is desired for mapping or reference purposes, or to close a SURVEY on a previously determined point. To tie in is to make such a connection. The point to which the connection is made is termed a TIE POINT. tie in (v.i.). See TIE. tie net. See TRIANGULATION NET. tie point. Point of closure of a SURVEY either on itself or on another SURVEY. till. Unstratified glacial DRIFT consisting of CLAY, SAND, GRAVEL, and BOULDERS intermingled in any proportions. Also called boulder clay.



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topography. The configuration of the surface of the EARTH, including its RELIEF, the position of its STREAMS, roads, cities, etc. The EARTH's natural and physical features collectively. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the term is applied to a surface such as the sea bottom or a surface of given characteristics within the water mass. topography board. See FIELD BOARD. toponymy. The place names or the study of place names of a country or district. tornado. In North America, the name for an intense SPOUT of large diameter. torrent. Rushing STREAM of water; great downpour of RAIN. torrid zone. That part of the EARTH between the TROPIC OF CANCER and the TROPIC OF CAPRICORN. Also called the tropics. torsion balance. A device for measuring very small forces of attraction resulting from GRAVITATION, MAGNETISM, etc., and consisting of a bar suspended horizontally by an elastic filament, one end of the bar being subjected to the influence of the attracting force to a greater degree than the other end. The attracting force is balanced and its comparative strength measured by the torsional reaction of the filament. total eclipse. See ECLIPSE. total magnetic intensity. The vector resultant of the intensity of the horizontal and vertical components of the EARTH's MAGNETIC FIELD at a specified point. towering. Apparent increase in the vertical dimension of an object near the HORIZON, due to large inequality of ATMOSPHERIC REFRACTION in the LINE OF SIGHT to the top and bottom of the object. The opposite is STOOPING. tracer. Foreign substance introduced into the water by natural or artificial means which enables determination of water movement through measurement of distribution and location of the substance at the same time. tracing cloth. A fine semitransparent linen or cotton cloth sized on one side and dull on the other. tracing paper. A thin tough semitransparent paper suitable for making tracings of drawings, or for miscellaneous use in hydrographic work, where permanence is not important or when pencil work is sufficient. track. The actual path or route of a craft over the GROUND or sea bottom, or its graphic representation. In AIR NAVIGATION also called track made good. track (v.t.). To follow the movements of an object as by RADAR or an optical system. To navigate by keeping a record, tabular or graphical of the past POSITIONS of a craft without regard for future POSITIONS. track: dead reckoning. A line representing successive DEAD RECKONING POSITIONS of a craft. track: great-circle. The TRACK of a craft following a GREAT CIRCLE, or a GREAT CIRCLE which a craft intends to follow approximately. track: intended. The anticipated path of a vessel relative to the EARTH. track: radar guided. See RADAR. track: recommended. A track, shown on a chart by either a dashed or a continuous line, recommended to all or only certain vessels. track chart. A chart showing recommended, required, or established tracks, and usually indicating turning points, courses, and distances. tracking. The process of observing the sequential changes in the position of a target to establish its motion. tracking camera. See CAMERA: BALLISTIC.

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track line of sounding. A continuous record of SOUNDINGS obtained by a ship on an extended voyage en route between its home port and the working ground. Also called cruise line of sounding. track made good. See TRACK. track plotter. A PLOTTER used to plot the track or course of a craft. trade winds. Persistent WINDS, mainly in the lower ATMOSPHERE, which blow over vast regions from a subtropical ANTICYCLONE toward the equatorial regions. The predominant directions of the trade winds are from NE in the northern hemisphere and from SE in the southern hemisphere. traffic lane. An area within defined limits in which one-way traffic is established. Natural obstacles, including those forming separation zones, may constitute a boundary. traffic separation scheme. A scheme which aims at reducing the risk of collision in congested and/or converging areas by separating traffic moving in opposite, or nearly opposite, directions. training wall. A wall, BANK, or JETTY, often submerged, built to direct or confine the FLOW of a RIVER or TIDAL CURRENT. trajectory. The curved path of something hurtling through space. In METEOROLOGY, curve traced by the successive positions of a moving particle of air. Curve traced by the successive positions of the centre of a selected synoptic system, such as a DEPRESSION. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the path followed by moving water particles. In electronics the path followed by electrons emanating from the cathode as in an electron tube. transceiver. A combination transmitter and receiver in a single housing, with some components being used by both parts. See TRANSPONDER. transducer. Any device for converting energy from one form to another (electrical, mechanical, or acoustic). transducer: magnetostriction. A TRANSDUCER that depends for its operation on the interaction between the magnetization and the deformation of a material having magnetostrictive properties. transformation. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the process of projecting a PHOTOGRAPH (mathematically, graphically, or photographically) from its plane onto another plane by translation, rotation, and/or scale change. The projection is made onto a plane determined by the angular relations of the camera axes and not necessarily onto a horizontal plane. See also RECTIFICATION. transforming printer. A specially designed projection printer of fixed geometry used for transforming the oblique components of a coupled camera installation, a MULTIPLE-LENS CAMERA, or a panoramic camera onto a plane perpendicular to the axis of the system. transhipment or lightening area. An area designated for transfer of cargo from one vessel to another to reduce the draught of the larger vessel. Also called cargo transfer area. transient magnetism. See MAGNETISM: TEMPORARY. transient thermocline. See THERMOCLINE. transit. In ASTRONOMY, the apparent passage of a STAR or other CELESTIAL BODY across a defined line of the CELESTIAL SPHERE, as a MERIDIAN, PRIME VERTICAL, or ALMUCANTAR. When no line is specified, a transit across the MERIDIAN is usually intended. See MERIDIAN TRANSIT. The apparent passage of a STAR or other CELESTIAL BODY across a line in the RETICLE of a TELESCOPE, or some LINE OF SIGHT. The apparent passage of a smaller CELESTIAL BODY across the disk of a larger CELESTIAL BODY. A surveying instrument composed of a HORIZONTAL CIRCLE graduated in circular measure and an ALIDADE with a TELESCOPE which can be reversed in its supports without being lifted therefrom. Also, the act of making such a reversal. A THEODOLITE having a TELESCOPE that can be transited in its supports is a transit, and is sometimes termed a transit theodolite. All modern THEODOLITES are transits. An astronomical instrument having a TELESCOPE which can be so adjusted in position that the LINE OF SIGHT may be made to define a VERTICAL CIRCLE. A transit used in astronomical work is usually termed either an astronomic(al) transit or a transit instrument. In NAVIGATION, the position of two distant, fixed objects when they are in line to an observer; the line passing through them and the observer being a LINE OF POSITION. See also RANGE.

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transit: broken telescope. A precise astronomic TRANSIT or THEODOLITE in which the light passing through the OBJECTIVE LENS is reflected through a right angle by a prism placed in the HORIZONTAL AXIS. This hollow axis is continued beyond the supports, and the EYEPIECE is fitted at one end. transit: local. The apparent passage of a CELESTIAL BODY across the MERIDIAN of the observer. See also MERIDIAN TRANSIT. transit axis. See AXIS: HORIZONTAL. transit bearing. See BEARING. transit instrument. See TRANSIT. transitional water wave. See WAVE. transition layer. A water layer with a distinct change of the vertical gradient of a given parameter relative to adjacent layers. transition zone. The water area between two opposing CURRENTS manifested by EDDIES, UPWELLING, RIPS, and similar turbulent conditions occurring either vertically or horizontally; or a zone between two water masses of differing physical characteristics such as temperature and/or SALINITY. transit magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. transit micrometer. See MICROMETER. transit passage. In straits used for international navigation, all ships and aircraft enjoy the unimpeded right of transit passage. This means the freedom of navigation and overflight solely for the purpose of continuous and expeditious transit of the strait between one part of the high seas or an exclusive economic zone and another part of the high seas or an exclusive economic zone. See also INNOCENT PASSAGE. transit theodolite. See TRANSIT. transit traverse. See TRAVERSE. translocation. A method to improve the accuracy of satellite positioning by simultaneously using several receivers. One receiver is deployed on a known position to obtain corrections required to match the known position and that derived from satellite signals. These corrections are then transmitted to the other receivers. transmitter. One who or that which transmits or sends anything, particularly a RADIO TRANSMITTER. transparency. In OCEANOGRAPHY, the property of water to transmit light of different WAVE LENGTHS. Transparency sometimes is measured in percent of RADIATION that penetrates a distance of one METRE. Sometimes it is expressed as the average DEPTH at which a SECCHI DISC disappears and reappears. In PHOTOGRAPHY, a photographic PRINT on a clear base, especially adaptable for viewing by transmitted light. Also, the light-transmitting capability of a material. transponder. A combined RECEIVER and TRANSMITTER whose function is to transmit SIGNALS automatically when triggered by an INTERROGATOR. See TRANSCEIVER. transponder beacon. A beacon having a TRANSPONDER. Also called responder beacon. transport. The process by which a substance or quantity is carried past a fixed point, or across a fixed plane. In OCEANOGRAPHY and METEOROLOGY, such quantities are: Heat, MOMENTUM, mass, dissolved impurities, suspended particles, etc. transverse cylindrical orthomorphic projection. See PROJECTION: TRANSVERSE MERCATOR. transverse Mercator grid. The grid on a chart using the transverse Mercator projection. transverse Mercator projection. See PROJECTION. transverse wave. See WAVE. travelling wave. See WAVE: PROGRESSIVE.


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tropic high water inequality. See DIURNAL INEQUALITY. tropic lower high water. The LOWER HIGH WATER of TROPIC TIDES. tropic lower low water. The LOWER LOW WATER of TROPIC TIDES. tropic low water inequality. See DIURNAL INEQUALITY. tropic of Cancer. The northern PARALLEL OF DECLINATION, approximately 23 27' from the CELESTIAL EQUATOR, reached by the SUN at its maximum northerly DECLINATION, or the corresponding PARALLEL on the EARTH. tropic of Capricorn. The southern PARALLEL OF DECLINATION, approximately 23 27' from the CELESTIAL EQUATOR, reached by the SUN at its maximum southerly DECLINATION, or the corresponding PARALLEL on the EARTH. tropic range. Short for GREAT TROPIC RANGE. tropics. See TORRID ZONE. tropic tide. See TIDE. tropopause. Upper limit of the TROPOSPHERE. troposphere. Lower part of the terrestrial ATMOSPHERE, extending from the surface up to a HEIGHT varying from about 9 km at the POLES to about 17 km at the EQUATOR, in which temperature decreases fairly regularly with HEIGHT. From an analogy with the ATMOSPHERE, the term is sometimes applied in OCEANOGRAPHY to the upper ocean layer of relatively high temperature that is found in middle and lower LATITUDES and within which strong CURRENTS are present. See STRATOSPHERE. tropospheric scattering. Diffusion of electromagnetic waves when traversing the troposphere. See also: SCATTERING. trough. A long DEPRESSION of the SEA FLOOR normally wider and shallower than a TRENCH. The lowest part of a WAVE between successive WAVE CRESTS. Also called wave trough. Region of the ATMOSPHERE in which the pressure is low relative to the surrounding regions at the same level. It is represented on a WEATHER CHART by a system of nearly parallel ISOBARS or CONTOURS, of approximately Vshape, which are concave towards a DEPRESSION. trough compass. See DECLINATOIRE. true (adj.). Related to TRUE NORTH. Actual, as contrasted with fictitious, as true SUN. Related to a fixed point, either on the EARTH or in space, as TRUE WIND; in contrast with relative, which is related to a moving point. Corrected, as TRUE ALTITUDE. true altitude. See ALTITUDE. true azimuth. See AZIMUTH. true bearing. See BEARING. true course. See COURSE. true horizon. See HORIZON. true meridian. See MERIDIAN. true north. See NORTH. true solar time. See TIME: APPARENT SOLAR. true sun. See SUN: APPARENT.


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true wind. WIND VECTOR in relation to the EARTH's surface. For a moving object it is the vector sum of the RELATIVE WIND and the VELOCITY of the object. trumpet buoy. See BUOY: SOUND. trunnion axis. See AXIS: HORIZONTAL. tsunami. A long-period sea wave produced by a submarine EARTHQUAKE or volcanic eruption. It may travel unnoticed across the OCEAN for thousands of MILES from its point of origin. It builds up to great HEIGHTS over shoal water. Also called tunami, TIDAL WAVE, seismic sea wave. tubular compass. See COMPASS. tufa. A chemical SEDIMENTARY ROCK composed of calcium carbonate or silica, precipitated from percolating ground water or from a SPRING. tuff. A ROCK formed of fragments of volcanic origin, DUST, ashes, etc., thrown out of a volcano during an eruption, frequently hardened to a ROCK. Hence tuff-cone, a volcanic cone built up of such material. tuff-cone. See TUFF. tunny net. A net built at sea for catching tunnies. turbidite. Turbidity current deposits, characterized by both vertically and horizontally graded bedding. turbidity. Reduced water clarity resulting from the presence of suspended matter. Water is considered turbid when its load of suspended matter is visibly conspicuous, but all waters contain some suspended matter and therefore are turbid. Reduced transparency of the ATMOSPHERE, caused by absorption and SCATTERING of RADIATION by solid or liquid particles, other than CLOUDS, held there in suspension. turbidity current. See CURRENT. turbulence. A state of fluid flow in which the instantaneous VELOCITIES exhibit irregular and apparently random fluctuations, so that in practice only statistical properties can be recognized and submitted to analysis. Superimposed on the mean motion of the air, an agitation composed of air motions which are uncoordinated and in a state of continuous change. turbulent flow. A FLOW characterized by TURBULENCE. turning basin. An enlargement of a channel for turning vessels. Also called manoeuvering basin. turning buoy. A BUOY marking a turn, as in a CHANNEL. turning point. In LEVELLING, a point on which both a minus sight (FORESIGHT) and a plus sight (BACKSIGHT) are taken on a line of DIRECT LEVELLING. In TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEYS, any point on which the rod is held while the instrument (PLANE TABLE) is moved to another STATION. In a TRAVERSE, any point of junction of two LEGS. Also called traverse point. turn of the tide. See CHANGE OF TIDE. twilight. The periods of incomplete darkness following SUNSET (evening twilight) or preceding SUNRISE (morning twilight). Twilight is designated as civil, nautical, or astronomical, as the darker limit occurs when the centre of the SUN is 6 , 12 , or 18below the CELESTIAL HORIZON, respectively. twilight stars. STARS suitably placed for ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION during morning or evening TWILIGHT. two-way route. A route within defined limits inside which two-way traffic is established, aimed at providing safe passage of ships through waters where navigation is difficult or dangerous. tyfon. See TYPHON.

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upper branch. That half of a MERIDIAN or CELESTIAL MERIDIAN from POLE to POLE which passes through a place or its ZENITH. upper culmination. Upper TRANSIT. upper limb. See LIMB. upper limit of navigability. The character of a river will, at some point along its length, change from navigable to non-navigable. Very often that point will be at a major fall or rapids, or other place where there is a marked decrease in the navigable capacity of the river. The upper limit will therefore often be the same point traditionally recognized as the head of navigation, but may, under some of the tests described above, be at some point yet farther upstream. upper transit. See MERIDIAN TRANSIT. uprush. The rush of water up onto the BEACH following the breaking of a WAVE. See RUN-UP. upstream (adj. & adv.). Toward the SOURCE of a STREAM. The opposite is DOWNSTREAM. upwelling. The process by which water rises from a lower to a higher DEPTH, usually as a result of DIVERGENCE and offshore CURRENTS. See SINKING. upwind (adj. & adv.). In the direction from which the WIND is blowing. The opposite is DOWNWIND.

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5775 vacuum lead. A CORER which makes use of HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE to force a tube into the BOTTOM SEDIMENT. valley. A long DEPRESSION or hollow in the LAND lying between HILLS or stretches of high GROUND and usually having a RIVER or STREAM flowing along the bottom. valley: median. See MEDIAN VALLEY. valley: submarine. A relatively shallow wide DEPRESSION with gentle SLOPES, the bottom of which grades continuously downward. This term is used for features that do not have canyon-like characteristics in any significant part of their extent. valley line. See TALWEG. vane. A device to indicate the direction from which the WIND blows. Also called weather vane, wind vane. See ANEMOMETER. A SIGHT on an instrument used for observing BEARINGS, as on a PELORUS, BEARING CIRCLE, etc. Also called sight (or sighting) vane. A device to indicate the direction toward which the CURRENT flows. vanishing line. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the straight line on a PHOTOGRAPH upon which lie all the VANISHING POINTS of all systems of parallel lines parallel to one plane. vanishing point. In PHOTOGRAMMETRY, the IMAGE in the plane of a PHOTOGRAPH, of the point toward which a system of parallel lines in the object space converges. vanishing tide. See TIDE. variate. A variate is a quantity that may take on any of the values of a specified set with a specified relative frequency or probability often known as random variable. It is to be regarded as defined not merely by a set of permissible values, but by an associated frequency (probability) function expressing how often those values appear in a given situation. variation. The angle between the MAGNETIC and GEOGRAPHICAL MERIDIANS at any place, expressed in DEGREES east or west to indicate the direction of MAGNETIC NORTH from TRUE NORTH. Also called magnetic variation, or magnetic declination. variation: grid. Angular difference in direction between GRID NORTH and MAGNETIC NORTH. It is measured east or west from GRID NORTH. Also called grivation, or grid magnetic angle. variation of the pole. A wandering of the POLES of the FIGURE OF THE EARTH with respect to its POLES of ROTATION. variometer. An instrument for comparing magnetic forces, especially of the EARTH's MAGNETIC FIELD. varsol. An oil used as the liquid in some modern MAGNETIC COMPASSES. varve. A sedimentary DEPOSIT, bed, or lamination deposited in one season. It is usually distinguished by colour or composition and used as an index to changes in the depositional environment. vectograph. A stereoscopic PHOTOGRAPH composed of two superimposed IMAGES which polarize light in planes o 90 apart. When these IMAGES are viewed through polaroid spectacles with the polarization axes at right angles, an impression of depth is obtained. vector. Direct connection between two points, either given as two sets of coordinates (points), or by direction and distance from one given set of coordinates; or a point in a vector space defined by one set of coordinates relative to the origin of a coordinate system. vector airborne magnetometer. See MAGNETOMETER. vector data presentation. Method of representing image features digitally by points, lines and polygons given through their coordinates and appropriate code(s).


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vectorial angle. See COORDINATES: PLANE POLAR. veering wind. Clock-wise change of WIND direction, in either hemisphere. vein. A narrow LEAD or lane in PACK ICE. In mineralogy, a crack or fissure in the ROCKS of the EARTH's CRUST in which highly heated waters from below have deposited from solution crystalline minerals (especially vein quartz) and, under certain circumstances, metallic minerals of economic importance. velocimeter. An instrument used for the 'in situ' measurement of the SPEED of SOUND in the SEA and other natural waters. velocity. A vector quantity equal to SPEED in a given direction. velocity of sound. See SOUND VELOCITY. veneer. A thin LAYER of SEDIMENT covering a rocky surface. vent. The orifice through which molten LAVA reaches the CRATER of a volcano. Eventually it may become choked as the LAVA solidifies to form a plug or neck. Venturi tube. The trade name for a short tube of smaller diameter in the middle than at the ends. When a fluid flows through such a tube, the pressure decreases as the diameter becomes smaller, the amount of the decrease being proportional to the SPEED of FLOW and the amount of restriction. vernal equinox. See EQUINOX. vernier. A short, auxiliary SCALE situated alongside the graduated SCALE of an instrument, by means of which fractional parts of the smallest division of the primary SCALE can be measured accurately. vertex (pl. vertices). The highest point; the vertices of a GREAT CIRCLE are the points nearest the POLE. See APEX. vertical (adj.). In the DIRECTION OF GRAVITY; perpendicular to the plane of the HORIZON. vertical (n.). The direction in which the force of GRAVITY acts. A vertical line, plane, etc. vertical axis. See AXIS. vertical circle. See CIRCLE. vertical clearance. The minimum vertical space available for passage. vertical collimator. See COLLIMATOR. vertical control. See CONTROL. vertical control datum. See DATUM. vertical deflection. See DEFLECTION OF THE VERTICAL. vertical dilution of precision. See DILUTION OF PRECISION. vertical intensity of the earth's magnetic field. The strength of the vertical component of the EARTH's MAGNETIC FIELD. vertical light(s). See LIGHT. vertical parallax. See PARALLAX: Y-. vertical photograph. See PHOTOGRAPH. vertical plane. See PLANE.


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very close pack ice. SEA ICE the CONCENTRATION of which is practically 10/10ths with little if any water present. very high frequency (VHF). See FREQUENCY: RADIO. very low frequency (VLF). See FREQUENCY: RADIO. very open pack ice. SEA ICE the CONCENTRATION of which ranges between 1/10ths 3/10ths. vessel traffic service (VTS). Any service implemented by a relevant authority primarily designed to improve safety and efficiency of traffic flow and the protection of the environment. It may range from simple information messages, to extensive organization of the traffic involving national or regional schemes. viaduct. A structure consisting of a series of arches or towers supporting a roadway, waterway, etc., across a depression, etc. vibrating needle. A MAGNETIC NEEDLE used in compass adjustment to find the relative intensity of the horizontal components of the EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD and the MAGNETIC FIELD at the compass location. Also called horizontal force instrument. See COMPENSATION OF MAGNETIC COMPASS. vibration. Periodic motion of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from EQUILIBRIUM; OSCILLATION. The motion of a vibrating body during one complete CYCLE; two OSCILLATIONS. vigia. A PINNACLE, ROCK, or SHOAL the existence or POSITION of which is doubtful, or a warning note to this effect on a CHART. vignetting. In PHOTOGRAPHY, a gradual reduction in DENSITY of parts of a photographic IMAGE due to the stopping of some of the RAYS entering the LENS. violent storm. WIND with a speed between 56 and 63 KNOTS (Beaufort scale wind force 11). virtual image. See IMAGE. visibility. The extreme horizontal distance at which prominent objects can be seen and identified by the unaided eye. visibility: flight. The VISIBILITY forward from the cockpit of an aircraft in flight. visibility: meteorological. The greatest distance at which a black object of suitable dimensions can be seen and recognized against the horizon sky, or, in the case of night observations, could be seen and recognized if the general illumination were raised to the normal daylight level. visibility: radius of. The radius of a circle limiting the area in which an object can be seen under specified conditions. visible horizon. See HORIZON: APPARENT. visual display unit (VDU). See DISPLAY. visual line of position. A LINE OF POSITION determined by visual OBSERVATION of a LANDMARK, AID TO NAVIGATION, etc. voe. An INLET, BAY, or CREEK. volcanic ash. Uncemented pyroclastic material consisting of fragments mostly under 4 millimetres in diameter. Coarse ash is 1/4 to 4 millimetres in grain size; fine ash is below 1/4 millimetre. A constituent of some marine SEDIMENTS. volt. The unit of potential difference or electromotive force in the SI SYSTEM. vulgar (or common) establishment. See ESTABLISHMENT.






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5845 5846 5847 5848 5849 5850 5851 wadi. A watercourse that is permanently dry or dry except for the rainy season. wake. The path of disturbed water or air behind a craft in motion. waning moon. See PHASES OF THE MOON. want of correspondence. See PARALLAX: Y-. warm front. Any non-occluded FRONT which moves in such a way that warmer air replaces colder air. warm pool. A body of warm water entirely surrounded by cold water. warning: gale. Meteorological message intended to warn those concerned of the occurrence or expected occurrence of a WIND of Beaufort force 8 or 9 over a specified area. warning: hurricane. Meteorological message intended to warn those concerned of the occurrence or expected occurrence of a WIND of BEAUFORT force 12 over a specified area. Tropical cyclone warning relating to a HURRICANE. warning: navigation. See NAVIGATIONAL WARNING. warning: storm. Meteorological message intended to warn those concerned of the occurrence or expected occurrence of a WIND of BEAUFORT force 10 or 11 over a specified area. More generally, forecast of severe weather conditions. warping buoy. A BUOY so located that lines to it can be used for the movement of ships. wash. The visible or audible motion of agitated water; especially that caused by the passage of a vessel. washovers. Small DELTAS formed on the lagoon side of a BAR separating the LAGOON from the OPEN SEA. STORM WAVES breaking over the BAR deposit SEDIMENT on the lagoon side in the form of DELTAS. Also called wave deltas. watch. A small TIMEPIECE of a size convenient to be carried on the person. watch: comparing. A HACK WATCH, particularly one having its ERROR determined by comparison with a CHRONOMETER. watch: hack. A WATCH used for timing OBSERVATIONS of CELESTIAL BODIES regulating ship's CLOCKS, etc. watch: stop. A WATCH that can be started, stopped, and reset at will, to indicate elapsed time. watch buoy. See STATION BUOY. water bottle. A device for collecting WATER SAMPLES from varying DEPTHS. They are lowered in an 'open' state to the required DEPTH and can be closed before being hauled up by means of a MESSENGER. Water bottles can be operated in series that is with more than one bottle on the wire rope so that WATER SAMPLES can be taken at a number of DEPTHS on the same CAST. Also called water specimen cup. water bottle: insulated (or insulating). A WATER BOTTLE specially designed for measuring temperatures and collecting WATER SAMPLES at moderate DEPTHS. This type of WATER BOTTLE is insulated to maintain the temperature constant while being brought to the surface. water bottle: reversing. A WATER BOTTLE specially designed for use in deep sea waters. The bottle is lowered by wire and can be closed watertight at any desired DEPTH, by means of a MESSENGER allowed to slide down the wire and strike the reversing mechanism making the bottle turn upside down. Thus the enclosed WATER SAMPLE is not contaminated by water at higher levels or lost by leakage after the bottle is brought on board. REVERSING THERMOMETERS are attached to reversing water bottles. See EKMAN BOTTLE and NANSEN BOTTLE. water colour. See SEA WATER: COLOUR OF.


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water column. A vertical continuum of water from sea surface to sea-bed. water content. A ratio; 100 multiplied by the weight of water in a bottom sediment sample divided by the weight of the dried sample, expressed as a percentage. watercourse. A STREAM of water, a RIVER or a BROOK; also an artificial CHANNEL for the conveyance of water. water front. LAND at the end of a STREAM, HARBOUR, etc. The part of a city or town on such LAND; WHARF or dock area. water levelling. See LEVELLING. waterline. The line marking the junction of LAND and water. The line along which the surface of the water touches a vessel's hull. Also written as two words. water-parting. A summit or boundary line separating the drainage districts of two STREAMS or COASTS; a divide or WATERSHED. water sample. A portion of water brought up from a certain DEPTH to determine its composition, or physical properties viz: temperature, SALINITY and DENSITY. water sampler. Any device for obtaining a WATER SAMPLE. Also called water sampling device. See WATER BOTTLE. watershed. WATER-PARTING. The whole region or area contributing to the supply of a RIVER or LAKE; drainage area; catchment area or BASIN. water signal. See SIGNAL. water sky. Typical dark patches and strips on low CLOUDS over a water area enclosed in ICE or behind its edge. water specimen cup. See WATER BOTTLE. water vapor. Water in the gaseous phase. waterway. A line of water (RIVER, CHANNEL, etc.) which can be utilized for communication or transport. watt. The unit of power in the SI system. wave. A disturbance which moves through or over the surface of the medium with SPEED dependent upon the properties of the medium. A ridge deformation, or UNDULATION of the surface of a liquid. wave: capillary. A WAVE whose VELOCITY of propagation is controlled primarily by the surface tension of the liquid in which the WAVE is travelling. Water waves of length less than one INCH are considered to be capillary waves. wave: carrier. A RADIO WAVE used as a vehicle for conveying intelligence, generally by MODULATION. Also called carrier. wave: cellular. System of SURFACE WAVES in which the OSCILLATION of water is limited as by solid BOUNDARIES. The PERIOD is the same in adjacent cells. wave: compressional. A WAVE in an elastic medium which causes an element of the medium to change its volume without undergoing rotation. wave: continuous. A series of WAVES of like AMPLITUDE and FREQUENCY. See WAVE: MODULATED, PULSE. wave: cycloidal. A very steep, symmetrical WAVE whose CREST forms an angle of 120 DEGREES. The wave form is that of a cycloid. A TROCHOIDAL WAVE of maximum steepness.

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wave(s): damped. WAVE(S) the AMPLITUDE of which becomes progressively smaller. wave: direct. A subdivision of the space wave component of the electromagnetic GROUND WAVE. This WAVE is propagated directly through space, i.e., it follows the shortest path between TRANSMITTER and RECEIVER. wave: edge. An ocean wave travelling parallel to a COAST, with CRESTS normal to the COASTLINE. Such a WAVE has a HEIGHT that diminishes rapidly seaward and is negligible at a distance of one WAVE LENGTH offshore. wave: electromagnetic. WAVE(S) of associated electric and magnetic fields characterized by variations of the fields. The electric and magnetic fields are at right angles to each other and to the direction of propagation. An electromagnetic wave is coherent if the phase-time relationship is constant throughout the propagation path. wave: forced. A WAVE generated and maintained by a continuous force, in contrast to a FREE WAVE that continues to exist after the generating force has ceased to act. wave: free. A WAVE that continues to exist after the generating force has ceased to act, in contrast with a FORCED WAVE that is generated and maintained by a continuous force. A free wave on a water surface is one created by a sudden impulse, thereafter influenced only by friction, the dimensions of the BASIN, and the dispersive character of the water medium it moves in. Most ocean surface waves except TIDAL WAVES are free waves. See OSCILLATION. wave: gravity. A WAVE whose VELOCITY of propagation is controlled primarily by GRAVITY. Water waves of length greater than 2 INCHES are considered gravity waves. wave: ground. That portion of a RADIO WAVE in proximity to and affected by the GROUND, being somewhat refracted by the lower ATMOSPHERE, diffracted by the surface of the EARTH and retarded by the resistivity of the EARTH. Such a WAVE travels more or less parallel to the surface of the EARTH. See WAVE: SKY. wave: indirect. Any WAVE which arrives by an indirect path having undergone an abrupt change of direction by REFRACTION or REFLECTION. See WAVE: SKY. wave: internal. A WAVE that occurs within a fluid whose DENSITY changes with DEPTH, either abruptly at a sharp surface of discontinuity (an INTERFACE) or gradually. Also called boundary wave. wave: longitudinal. A WAVE in which the direction of displacement of each particle in the medium is perpendicular to the WAVE FRONT. wave: Love (or Q-wave). A TRANSVERSE WAVE propagated along the BOUNDARY of two elastic media which both have rigidity, i.e. both media must be capable of propagating TRANSVERSE WAVES. A surface seismic wave in which the particles of an elastic medium vibrate transverse to the direction of the WAVE's travel, with no vertical component. wave: modulated. A WAVE which varies in some characteristic in accordance with the variations of a MODULATING WAVE. See WAVE: CONTINUOUS. wave: modulating. A WAVE which modulates a CARRIER WAVE. wave: oscillatory. A WAVE in which each individual particle oscillates about a point with little or no permanent change in position. The term is commonly applied to progressive oscillatory waves in which only the form advances, the individual particles moving in closed ORBITS, as ocean waves in deep waters. Distinguished from a WAVE OF TRANSLATION. wave(s): periodic. WAVES which are repeated at regular intervals. wave: pressure. See PRESSURE WAVE. wave: progressive. A WAVE which is manifested by the progressive movement of the wave form. The opposite is a STANDING WAVE. Also called travelling wave. wave: propagation. The travel of waves through or along a medium. wave(s): radio. ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES of FREQUENCIES generally higher than those of audible SOUND WAVES but lower than those of heat and light waves. Also called hertzian waves.












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wave: reflected. A WAVE that has had its direction of motion changed by REFLECTION. wave: refracted. A WAVE that has had its direction of motion changed by REFRACTION. wave: short. A RADIO WAVE shorter than those of the standard broadcasting band. In OCEANOGRAPHY, WAVES under conditions where the relative DEPTH (water depth/wave length) is greater than 0.5 and where the PHASE VELOCITY is independent of water depth, but dependent upon WAVE LENGTH. wave: sky. An indirect RADIO WAVE which travels from the transmitting ANTENNA into the sky, where the IONOSPHERE bends it back toward the EARTH. Also called ionospheric wave. See WAVE: GROUND. wave: solitary. A WAVE OF TRANSLATION consisting of a single CREST rising above the undisturbed liquid level, without any accompanying TROUGH, in contrast with a WAVE TRAIN. wave: sound. A mechanical disturbance advancing with finite VELOCITY through an elastic medium and consisting of longitudinal displacements of the ultimate particles of the medium, that is, consisting of compressional and rarefactional displacements parallel to the direction of advance of the disturbance; a LONGITUDINAL WAVE. Also called sonic wave, or acoustic wave. wave: spherical. A WAVE whose wave front surfaces are concentric spheres. Such WAVES propagate from a point source. wave: standing. A type of WAVE in which the surface of the water oscillates vertically between fixed points, called NODES, without progression. The points of maximum vertical RISE and fall are called antinodes or LOOPS. At the NODES, the underlying water particles exhibit no vertical motion but maximum horizontal motion. At the antinodes the underlying water particles have no horizontal motion and maximum vertical motion. They may be the result of two equal progressive WAVE TRAINS travelling through each other in opposite directions. Also called stationary wave. wave: storm. A wind-generated sea surface wave of great HEIGHT. See STORM SURGE. wave: surface. A progressive GRAVITY WAVE in which the disturbance (that is, the particle movement in the fluid mass as well as the surface movement) is confined to the upper limits of a body of water. Strictly speaking this term applies to those progressive GRAVITY WAVES whose celerity depends only upon the WAVE LENGTH. wave: tidal. The wave motion of the TIDES. In popular usage, any unusually high (and therefore destructive) water level along a SHORE. It usually refers to either a STORM SURGE or TSUNAMI. wave: tide. See TIDE. wave: transitional water. A progressive GRAVITY WAVE in water whose DEPTH is less than 1/2 but more than 1/25 the WAVE LENGTH. Often called shallow water wave. wave: transverse. A WAVE in which the direction of propagation of the WAVE is normal to the displacements of the medium, for example, a vibrating string. The GRAVITY WAVE in which fluid parcels move in circular ORBITS is an example of a mixed transverse-longitudinal wave. wave: trochoidal. A progressive OSCILLATORY WAVE whose form is that of a prolate cycloid or trochoid. It is approximated by WAVES of small AMPLITUDES. wave: ultrashort. A RADIO WAVE shorter than 10 METRES. wave: wind. A WAVE resulting from the action of WIND on a water surface. See FETCH. wave age. The state of development of a wind-generated sea surface wave, conveniently expressed by the ratio of wave speed to wind speed. WIND SPEED is usually measured at about 8 METRES above STILL WATER LEVEL. wave base. The greatest DEPTH at which SEDIMENT on the SEA FLOOR can just be stirred by the oscillating water. wave crest. The highest part of a WAVE.






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wave deltas. See WASHOVERS. wave direction. The direction from which WAVES are moving. wave forecasting. The theoretical determination of future wave characteristics; usually from observed or predicted meteorological or oceanographic PHENOMENA. waveform. The graphical representation of a WAVE, showing variation of AMPLITUDE with time. Also written as two words. wave front. The leading side of a WAVE. wave generation. The creation of WAVES by natural or mechanical means. In WAVE FORECASTING the growth of WAVES caused by a WIND blowing over a water surface for a certain period of time. The area involved is called the generating area or FETCH. wave group. A series of WAVES in which the WAVE DIRECTION, WAVE LENGTH, and WAVE HEIGHT vary only slightly. wave height. The vertical distance between a WAVE CREST and the preceding WAVE TROUGH. wave interference. The PHENOMENON which results when WAVES of the same or nearly the same FREQUENCY are superposed. It is characterized by a spatial or temporal distribution of AMPLITUDE of some specified characteristic differing from that of the individual superposed WAVES. wave length. The distance between corresponding points of two successive PERIODIC WAVES in the direction of propagation, for which the OSCILLATION has the same PHASE. Unit of measurement in METRES. Also written as one word. wavemeter. An instrument for measuring WAVES. One used for ocean waves usually measures HEIGHT and PERIOD; one used for ELECTROMAGNETIC or SOUND WAVES usually measures length. Also written as two words. wave of translation. A WAVE in which the individual particles of the medium are shifted in the direction of wave travel, as ocean waves in shoal waters. Distinguished from an OSCILLATORY WAVE. wave period. The time, in SECONDS, required for a WAVE CREST to traverse a distance equal to one WAVE LENGTH. wave refraction. See REFRACTION OF WATER WAVES. wave spectrum. In ocean wave studies, a graph showing the distribution of WAVE HEIGHTS with respect to FREQUENCY in a wave record. wave train. A series of WAVES moving in the same direction. See WAVE: SOLITARY. wave trough. See TROUGH. wave velocity. The SPEED at which the individual wave form advances. A vector quantity that specifies the SPEED and direction with which a SOUND WAVE travels through a medium. waxing moon. See PHASES OF THE MOON. way. The motion of a vessel through the water. weather (adj.). Of or pertaining to the direction from which the WIND is blowing, as opposed to LEE. weather. State of the ATMOSPHERE at a given time, as defined by the various meteorological elements. weather analysis. Operation of studying the general state of the ATMOSPHERE over a region, with respect to SYNOPTIC CHARTS. Also called synoptic analysis. weather buoy. An Ocean Data Acquisition System (ODAS) used for collecting oceanographic or meteorological information. ODAS buoys are up to 40 feet in diameter.


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weather forecast. Statement of the expected meteorological conditions for a specified period, and for specified area or portion of air space. weather chart (or map). See CHART. weathered ice. Hummocked POLAR ICE subjected to weathering which has given the HUMMOCKS and PRESSURE RIDGES a rounded form. If the weathering continues, the surface may become more and more even. weather ship. See OCEAN STATION VESSEL. weather shore. SHORE that is to windward of a vessel. See LEE SHORE. weather side. The side of a vessel toward which, or the side of a CHANNEL from which the WIND is blowing. weather signal. See SIGNAL. weather tide. See TIDE: WINDWARD. weather vane. See VANE. weber. The unit of magnetic flux in the SI SYSTEM. wedge. In optics, a refracting prism of very small deviation such as those used in the EYEPIECE of some STEREOSCOPES. In METEOROLOGY, term synonymous with RIDGE, though usually applied to a fast-moving RIDGE between two DEPRESSIONS or TROUGHS. weight. The force with which a body is attracted by GRAVITY. Any block or mass of material used for its heaviness. The relative value of an OBSERVATION, source, or quantity when compared with other OBSERVATIONS, sources, or quantities of the same or related quantities. The value determined by the most reliable method is assigned the greatest weight. weighted mean. A value obtained by multiplying each of a series of values by its assigned WEIGHT and dividing the sum of those products by the sum of the WEIGHTS. weir. A DAM erected across a RIVER to raise the level of the water. A fence of stakes set in a RIVER or along the SHORE as a trap for fish. The word is now restricted to smaller works, the larger are called DAMS. well: appraisal. A borehole drilled to evaluate an oil field or gas field. well: development. A borehole drilled, usually from a production platform, after an oil field or gas field has been judged capable of economic production. well: deviated. A borehole drilled at an oblique angle to evaluate or remove oil or natural gas reserves not directly below the drilling structure. well: offshore. A borehole that produces or is capable of producing oil or natural gas. well: plugged. A borehole which has been sealed with a plug and permanently abandoned. well: production. A borehole, producing oil or natural gas, which is covered by a seabed installation of valves and pipelines for the controlled removal of the product. See also SUB-SEA COMPLETION. well: suspended. A borehole that has been temporarily abandoned pending future development. An obstruction up to 5 metres high may remain on the sea-floor. wellhead: offshore. See WELL: OFFSHORE. wellhead: submerged. A submarine structure projecting some distance above the seabed and capping a temporarily abandoned or suspended oil or gas well.

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westerlies. Zone, lying between the approximate LATITUDES 35 and 65 in each hemisphere, in which the air motion is mainly from west to east, especially in the high TROPOSPHERE and low STRATOSPHERE. Near the EARTH's surface, the zone is particularly well marked in the southern hemisphere. westing. The distance a craft makes good to the west. The opposite is EASTING. wet-bulb thermometer. See THERMOMETER. wet compass. See COMPASS: LIQUID. wet density. The ratio of the WEIGHT of the solid particles of a BOTTOM SEDIMENT and the contained moisture to its total volume. wet dock. See DOCK. wet fog. See FOG. wetlands. The term "wetlands" means those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include SWAMPS, MARSHES, BOGS and similar areas. wharf. A structure serving as a berthing place for vessels. whirlpool. Water in rapid rotary motion. See EDDY. whirlwind. General term for a small-scale rotating column of air. whitecap. A CREST of a WAVE which becomes unstable in deep water, toppling over or breaking. See BREAKING OF WAVES. wind. Air motion relative to the EARTH'S surface. Unless it is otherwise specified, only the horizontal component is considered. wind circulation. The flow of air through a given area. wind direction. See DIRECTION OF WIND. wind driven current. See CURRENT. wind force. Number on a progressive scale (BEAUFORT WIND SCALE) corresponding to the effects produced by WINDS within a range of speeds. Force exerted by the wind on a construction, object, etc. wind rose. For a given STATION and period of time, a star-shaped DIAGRAM indicating the relative frequencies of different DIRECTIONS OF WIND, sometimes also the frequencies of groups of WIND SPEEDS in different directions. wind set-up. The vertical rise in the STILL WATER LEVEL on the leeward side of a body of water caused by wind stresses on the surface of the water. The difference in STILL WATER LEVELS on the windward and the leeward sides of a body of water caused by wind stresses on the surface of water. Synonymous with wind tide. Wind tide is usually reserved for use on the OCEAN and large bodies of water. Wind set-up is usually reserved for use on RESERVOIRS and smaller bodies of water. See TIDE: METEOROLOGICAL. wind speed. Ratio of the distance covered by the air to the time taken to cover it. The 'instantaneous speed' or, more briefly, the 'speed', corresponds to the case of an infinitely small time interval. The 'mean speed' corresponds to the case of a finite time interval. wind tide. See WIND SET-UP. wind vane. See VANE. wind velocity. See WIND VECTOR.

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wind vector (or wind velocity). Vector drawn in the sense and direction of the WIND and of length proportional to WIND SPEED. window. In computer applications, a rectangular subdivision of the screen showing information without affecting other parts of the screen; a method allowing to view different items of information (e.g. different data sets or graphics) at the same time. On graphical displays a window may be selected with the cursor and subsequently be enlarged (ZOOM). windward (adj. & adv.). In the general direction from which the WIND blows; in the WIND; on the WEATHER SIDE. The opposite is LEEWARD. windward tide. See TIDE. wind wave. See WAVE. winter ice. More or less unbroken, level SEA ICE of not more than one winter's growth originating from YOUNG ICE. Thickness from 15 cm to 2 m. winter solstice. See SOLSTICE. wire: base. See BASE TAPE (or WIRE). wire: invar. A wire made of INVAR metal used in measurement of geodetic BASES. wire: sounding. See SOUNDING. wire and bar sweep. See BAR SWEEPING and WIRE DRAG SWEEP. wire angle. The angle measured between the SOUNDING WIRE, or the oceanographic wire, and the VERTICAL. wire angle indicator. A device used to measure the angle of the SOUNDING WIRE, or the oceanographic wire, from the VERTICAL. It consists of a PROTRACTOR with a weighted plumb arm. The indicator is suspended from the wire at two points and the plumb arm points to the WIRE ANGLE. Also called inclinometer. wire drag. An apparatus for surveying rocky areas where normal sounding methods are insufficient to insure the discovery of all existing OBSTRUCTIONS, PINNACLES, ROCKS, etc., above a given depth or for determining the least DEPTH of an area. It consists essentially of a buoyed wire towed at the desired DEPTH by two LAUNCHES. Often shortened to drag. See DRAG (v.t.). wire drag survey. See SURVEY. wire drag sweep. See SURVEY: WIRE DRAG. wireless. See RADIO. wire sounding. See SOUNDING. witness mark. A MARK placed at a known distance and direction from a property corner, BASE TERMINAL, or survey STATION, to aid in its recovery and identification. Wollaston current meter. A CURRENT METER similar but much larger and heavier than the EKMAN CURRENT METER. It is equipped with recording mechanisms and is suitable for measuring CURRENTS up to six KNOTS. The Wollaston current meter is designed for use from ships at anchor. word. An addressable subdivision of storage memory of a computer system. Usually an integer number of BYTES (e.g. 4 bytes = 32 bit) indicating the standard length of number representation in storage. working chart. See CHART. working pendulum. See PENDULUM. World Geodetic System. A global geodesic reference system developed by the USA for satellite position fixing and recommended by IHO for hydrographic and cartographic use. World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Promotes international cooperation in the field of meteorology.



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World Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS). A service established for the purpose of coordinating the transmissions of radionavigational warnings in geographical areas using coastal and satellite communication services. wrack. See ROCKWEED. wreck. The ruined remains of a stranded or sunken vessel which has been rendered useless. See also DANGEROUS WRECK, and DERELICT. wreckage. Goods or parts of a wrecked vessel washed ashore or afloat; remains of a WRECK. wreck buoy. A BUOY marking the location of a WRECK. w/t station. See RADIO STATION.

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6048 zenith. The point where the direction of the PLUMB LINE produced above the HORIZON meets the CELESTIAL SPHERE. zenithal projection. See PROJECTION: AZIMUTHAL. zenith camera. A special CAMERA so designed that its OPTICAL AXIS may be pointed accurately toward the ZENITH. It is used for the determination of ASTRONOMICAL POSITIONS by photographing the position of the STARS. zenith distance. The vertical angle between the ZENITH and the object which is observed or defined. Zenith distance is the complement of the ALTITUDE. See ZENITH DISTANCE: DOUBLE. zenith distance: double. A value of twice the ZENITH DISTANCE of an object, obtained by OBSERVATION and not by mathematical process. zenith telescope. See TELESCOPE. zero sounding(s). See SOUNDING. zodiac. The band of the sky extending 8.5 either side of the ECLIPTIC. The SUN, MOON, and navigational PLANETS are always within this band, with the occasional exception of Venus. The zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts, called 'signs', each part being named for the principal CONSTELLATION originally within it. zodiacal light. White or yellowish light which spreads out, in the night sky, more or less along the ZODIAC from the HORIZON on the side on which the SUN is hidden. It is observed when the sky is sufficiently dark and the ATMOSPHERE sufficiently clear. zone. An area in all parts of which the same TIME is kept. In general, each zone is 15of LONGITUDE in width, with the GREENWICH MERIDIAN (0LONGITUDE) designated as the central MERIDIAN of zone 0 and the remaining zones centered on a MERIDIAN whose LONGITUDE is exactly divisible by 15 . Zones are used in connection with ZONE, STANDARD, and DAYLIGHT SAVING TIMES. Also called time zone. zone: equiphase. That region in space within which the difference in PHASE of two radio signals is indistinguishable. zone: equisignal. That region in space within which the difference in AMPLITUDE of two radio signals (usually emitted by a single STATION) is indistinguishable. zone meridian. The CENTRAL MERIDIAN of each zone of a grid system. zone of silence. See BLIND ZONE. zone time. See TIME. zoom. A method of enlarging graphics on a graphical display, usually a function provided by the hardware of the screen. Either a selected WINDOW may be enlarged to cover the entire screen or by repeatedly pressing a key, a stepwise or continuous enlargement of the screen contents can be invoked,keeping the graphics centered at the screen's centre. Zulu time. See UNIVERSAL TIME.

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ANNEX A Acronyms
ASCII BSHC CCIR CGS CIRM DOP DORIS DSL DTM EAHC EAtHC EBCDIC ECDB ECDIS ED ED EEZ EGC EP FAO FIG GDOP GEBCO GLOSS GMDSS HDOP HO IAC IACOMS IAG IAGA IAHR IAL IALA IAMAP IAPSO IASPEI IAT IAVCEI IBCCA IBCEA IBCM IBCRSGA IBCWIO IBWM ICA ICAO ICES ICOS ICSEM ICSU IERS IGC IGU IHB IHC IHO IIP IMO INMARSAT American Standard Code for Information Interchange Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission Comit Consultatif International des Radiocommunications Centimetre-Gram-Second System Comit International Radio-Maritime (International Radio-Maritime Committee) Dilution of Precision Determination d'Orbite et Radiopositionnement intgrs par Satellite Deep Scattering Layer Digital Terrain Model East Asia Hydrographic Commission Eastern Atlantic Hydrographic Commission Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code Electronic Chart Data Base Electronic Chart Display and Information System European Datum Existence Doubtful Exclusive Economic Zone Enhanced Group Call (INMARSAT) Estimated Position Food and Agricultural Organisation Fdration Internationale des Geomtres (International Federation of Surveyors) Geometric Dilution of Precision General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans Global Sea-Level Observing System Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Horizontal Dilution of Precision Hydrographic Office International Advisory Committee on Research in the Natural Sciences International Advisory Committee on Marine Sciences International Association of Geodesy International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy International Association for Hydraulic Research International Association of theoretical and applied Limnology International Association of Lighthouse Authorities International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior International Atomic Time International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IUGG) International Bathymetric Chart of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico International Bathymetric Chart of the Eastern Atlantic International Bathymetric Chart of the Mediterranean International Bathymetric Chart of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden International Bathymetric Chart of the Western Indian Ocean International Bureau of Weights and Measures International Cartographic Association International Civil Aviation Organization International Council for the Exploration of the Sea International Committee of Onomastic Sciences International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea International Council of Scientific Unions International Earth Rotation Service International Geological Congresses International Geographical Union International Hydrographic Bureau International Hydrographic Conference International Hydrographic Organization International Ice Patrol International Maritime Organization International Maritime Satellite Organization



International Chart Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO International Sea Bed Authority Indian Spring Low Water International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing International Scientific Radio Union International Telecommunications Union International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics International Union of Geological Sciences International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Line of Position Law of the Sea Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission Meter Kilogram Second system Maritime Safety Committee (IMO) Mean Sea Level Mean Tide Level Maritime World Administrative Radio Conference North American Datum Navigational Warning Area Automatic Narrow Band Printing System Northern Hydrographic Group North Sea Hydrographic Commission Notice to Mariners Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Position Approximate Pan American Institute of Geography and History Position Doubtful Positioning Dilution of Precision Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses Regional Hydrographic Commission Root Mean Square Error Remote Operated Vehicle South American Datum Synthetic Aperture Radar, Search and Rescue Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researches Side-looking Airborne Radar Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research System International Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation (IMO) Sub-Committee on Radio Communications (IMO) Side Scan Sonar South-West Pacific Hydrographic Commission Time Dilution of Precision Traffic Separation Scheme United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ultra large crude carrier (< 300 000 t) United Nations United Nations Conference on Trade and Development United Nations Development Programme United Nations Environmental Program United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization U.S/Canada Hydrographic Commission Universal Time 0 Universal Time 1 Universal Time 2 Universal Time Coordinated Universal Transverse Mercator (Grid) Vertical Dilution of Precision very large crude carrier (> 200 000 t) Voluntaring Hydrographic Office Very Long Baseline Interferometry Vessel Traffic Service World Geodetic System World Meteorological Organization World Wide Navigational Warning Service