In this lesson we will learn about Nautical Charts.
A Nautical Chart is a graphic representation of the marine environment and is essential for safe navigation. The Mariner uses the Nautical Chart to navigate and as a worksheet.
Using the Chart, the mariner lays out courses and navigates the ship safely by the shortest and most economical route.
On a Nautical Chart we can observe:
the Latitude and Longitude scale.
the form and nature of the coast,
the depths of the water and composition of the sea bed,
locations of dangers to navigation,
we can also see locations of man-made aids to navigation,
the characteristics of the Earth’s magnetism,
Tidal information and much more.
We will study all of these individually.