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List of Descriptions

 

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Airport, Airfield D17
Anchorage area N12.1
-deep water N12.4
-explosives N12.7
-named N12.3
-numbered N12.2
-prohibited N20
-quarantine N12.8
-reserved N12.9
-tanker N12.5
-up to 24 hours N12.6
Annual change
-magnetics B66
-nil Bj
Approximate, About Ba
Archipelagic Sea Lane (ASL) M17
Area under reclamation, Works at sea F31
Articulated loading column L12
Artificial island L15
Astronomic station Bb
Astronomical Tide
-highest H3
-lowest H2
Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmitter S17
Awash Kb

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Barge Q53
Battery E34.3
Beacon
-buoyant P5
-cable landing Q123
-colours of Q2-Q5, Qb
-day Qt
-in general Q80
-firing danger area Q125
-floating with topmark Q82
-lattice Q111
-leading Qw, Q120
-lighted P3, P4
-on a submerged rock Q83
-notice board Q126
-pipeline landing Qu
-refuge Q124
-resilient P5
-symbol out of position Qa
-tower Q110
-tower, lighted P3
-with colour Q81
Beacons
-marking a clearing line Q121
-marking a measured distance Q122
Bench mark B23
Berth F19.1
-numbered or named N11
Bird sanctuary N22
Black (nature of bottom) Jo
Blockhouse E34
Blue (quality of bottom) Jp
Boat harbour (marina) U1
Boulders J9.2
Boundary, district or provincial Nb
Breakers K17
Breakwater F4
Bridge D21-D24, Dd
Broken J33
Brown (quality of bottom) Ju
Bubbler system La
Buddhist temple E16
Buildings D5
Buoy
-anchorage QI
-barge Q53
-barrel Q25
-bell Qc
-cable Q55
-can Q21
-cautionary Qm
-colours Q2-Q5, Qb
-conical or nun Q20
-control Qo
-current meter L25
-cylindrical Q21
-degaussing range Q54
-diving Qr
-fairway Qh
-firing danger area Q50
-gong Qe
-hazard Qs
-information Qp
-junction Qk
-keep-out Qn
-LANBY(Large Automatic Navigational Buoy) P6
-lighted Q7
-marker ship Q52
-mid-channel Qh
-middle ground Qk
-mooring Q40-Q44
-nun Q20
-ODAS Q58
-oil or gas installation L16
-outfall Q57
-pillar Q23
-port bifurcation Qj
-port hand Qg
-position of P1
-privately maintained Q70
-recreation zone Q62
-safe-water Qh
-seaplane anchorage Q60
-seasonal Q71
-spar Q24
-spherical Q22
-spindle Q24
-spoil ground Q56
-starboard bifurcation Qi
-starboard hand Qf
-super Q26
-swimming Qq
-symbol out of position Qa
-target Q51
-temporary Q71
-topmarks (IALA) Q9-Q11
-traffic seperation scheme Q61
-wave recorder L25
-whistle Qd
Buoyage
-cardinal marks Q103.3
-direction of Q103.2
-IALA system Q130
-isolated danger marks Q130.4
-lateral marks Q130.1
-safe water marks Q130.5
-special marks Q130.6
Bush stakes, Withy Q92

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Cable B46
Cable landing beacon Q123
Cable ferry M51a
-overhead M51b
Cable sign Qv
Cairn Q100
Caisson F42
Calcareous J38
Calling-in points, radio M40.1
Calvary, Cross E12
Camping (small craft) Uf
Canal F40
Candela B54
Cardinal marks Q130.3
Cargo transhipment area N64
Castle E34
Causeway F3
Cemetery E19
Centimetre B43
Chalk Jc
Chapel E11
Chart datum Intro, H1, H20
Chemical waste dumping ground N24
Chimney, Stack E22
Church with cupola, spire, tower E10
Clay J3
Clearance
-horizontal D21
-plane of reference H20
-vertical D22
Clearing line M2
Cliffs C3
Coarse J32
Coast guard station T10
-with rescue station T11
Coast radar station S1
Coast radio station (QTG) Sj
Coastline
-surveyed C1
-unsurveyed C2
Cobbles J8
Compass rose B70
Conveyor Dc
Coral J10
Coral reef
-covers and uncovers J22
-submerged K16
Crane F53.1
Crib Fb
Cross, Calvary E12
Current
-information box H31
-in restricted waters H42
Current meter L25
Custom office F61
Cutting D14

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Dam F44
Danger line K1
Dark (nature of bottom) Jw
Daybeacons Qt
Decimetre B42
Degaussing range N25
Degree B4
Depression contour Ca
Depth
-at chart datum I24
-contours I30
-contours, approximate I31
-over an artificial feature Ib, Ic
-plane of reference H20
-unsurveyed I25
Deviation dolphin F21
DGPS correction transmitter S51
Diffuser, crib L43
Direction of traffic flow
-established M10
-recommended M11
Dish aerial E31
Distance mark B25, Fd, Fg, Fh
District boundary Nb
Dolphin F20, F21
Dome Ea
Dredged area
-limit of I20
-with depth I21
-with depth and date I22
-limit maintained depth I23
Dredging area N63
Dry dock, Graving dock F25
Drying height I15
-out of position Ia
-plane of reference H20
Dunes C8
Dyke F1

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East B10
Ebb tidal stream H41
Eddies H45
Elevation
-of top of trees C14
-plane of reference H20
Elevator Eb
Embankment, levee D15
Environmentally Sensitive Sea Area (ESSA) N22
Every Pd
Existence doubtful I1
Explosives
-anchorage N12.7
-dumping ground N23

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Fairway M18
Fathom B48
Ferry M50
Fine J30
Firing practice area N30
Fish haven K46
Fish stakes, traps, weirs, nets K44
Fish trap or tunny net area K45
Fishing harbour F10
Fixed point B22
Flagstaff, Flagpole E27
Flame tower, Flare stack E23
Flare stack at sea L11
Flat coast C5
Floating dry dock F26
Floating oil barrier F29.1
Flood barrage F43
Flood tidal stream H40
Fog signal
-bell R14
-diaphone R11
-explosive R10
-gong R16
-horn R13
-light buoy with horn R22
-lighthouse with siren R20
-position of R1
-siren R12
-wave actuated bell buoy R21
-whistle R15
Foot/Feet B47
Footbridge D20.2
Foreshore
-mud Jg
-rock J21
-sand Jh
-sand and mud Ji
-weeds Jk
Form lines with spot height Cf
Fort E34.2
Fortified structure E34.1
Foul area Kc
Foul ground K31

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Garbage disposal (small craft) Ue
Gasfield, name of L1
Geodetic datum Hc
Glacier C25
Gravel J6
Graving dock, Dry dock F25
Green (nature of bottom) Jq
Grey (nature of bottom) Jv
Gridiron F24
Ground Ja
Groyne F6

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Hachures, relief by Cb
Harbour-master's office F60
Hard J39
Health office F62
Height of structure
-above ground level E5
-above plane of reference E4
Height (relief) C10-C14
High Water H20, Hd
Higher High Water He
Higher High Water, Large Tide H20, Hf
Highway marker Da
Hillocks C4
Historic wreck restricted area Ng
Hospital F62.2
Hour B49
Hulk F34
Hydrograph H30

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Ice boom Nc
Inadequately surveyed area I25
Inch Bc
Incineration area N65
Inland village D4
International
-boundary mark Bn
-boundary on land N40
-Great Lakes Datum Hb
-maritime boundary N41
-meridian (Greenwich) B3
Intertidal area I16
Inukshuk Eh
Island, plane of reference H20
Isogonic lines B71

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Jetty F14

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Kelp J13.2
Kilocycle Bf
Kilohertz Bg
Kilometre B40
Knot(s) B52

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Lagoon Ce
Lake C23
Landing F17
-stairs F18
Landslide Cc
Land survey datum H7
Large Jn
Latitude B1
Lava flow C26
Leading
-beacons Q120
-lights P20
-line M1
Least depth in narrow channel I12
Levee, Embankment D15, F1
Lifeboat at mooring T13
Lifeboat station T12
Light
-aero P60
-air obstruction light P61
-alternating P10.11
-colours P11
-composite group flashing P10.4
-composite group occulting P10.2
-continuous quick P10.6
-continuous ultra quick P10.8
-continuous very quick P10.7
-daytime P51
-direction P30
-elevation of P13
-extinguished P55
-fixed P10.1
-fixed and flashing P10.10
-fixed and group flashing Pc
-flashing P10.4
-floodlight P63
-fog P52
-fog detector P62
-group flashing P10.4
-group occulting P10.2
-group quick P10.6
-group quick plus long flashing Pa
-group very quick P10.7
-group very quick plus long flashing Pb
-horizontally disposed P15
-interrupted quick P10.6
-interrupted ultra quick P10.8
-interrupted very quick P10.7
-isophase P10.3
-landmarks (except lighthouses) P7
-leading P20.1-P20.3
-long flashing P10.5
-major floating P6
-minor floating Q30, Q31
-Moiré effect P31
-Morse code P10.9
-ocasionanal P50
-occulting P10.2
-off chart limits P8
-period in seconds P12
-position of P1
-private P65
-range P20.1-P20.3
-sector P40-P46
-strip P64
-stroboscopic Pf
-temporary P54
-three (3) fixed lights disposed in the shape of a triangle P15
-unwatched P53
-vertically disposed P15
-with range of visibility P14
-with reciprocal bearing Pe
Lighted marks
-multicoloured charts Q8
-standard charts Q7
Light-float,
-not part of IALA system Q31
-part of IALA system Q30
Lighthouse P1
Light-vessel, normally manned P6
Lights in line P21-P23
Limit
-of approach Fe, Ff
-continental shelf N46
-customs N48
-development area L4
-Exclusive Economic Zone N47
-fisheries zone N45
-harbour N49
-martime, in general M15, N1
-of ice, junction of land and sea N60.1
-of safety zone around offshore installation L3
-prohibited area N2.2
-restricted area, general N2.1
-restricted area, traffic seperation M14
-sea ice N60.2
Lock F41
Log pond, Log boom N61
Longitude B2
Loran-C Sc-Sh
-tower Sa
Low water Hg
Low water line Jg
Lower low water Jf
Lowest Astronomical Tide H2
Lowest Normal Tide Hi
Lowest Low Water Tide Hj

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Magnetic B61
-anomaly (local) B82
-bearing B62
-decreasing B64
-deviation B67
-increasing B65
-variation B60, B68, B70
Mangrove C32
Marina U1
Marine farm K48
Marine railway F23
Marine reserves (MR) N22
Marker ship Q52
Marl Jb
Marsh C33
Mean
-higher high water H13
-higher low water H14
-high water H5
-high water neaps H11
-high water springs H9
-lower high water H15
-lower low water H12, Hh
-low water H4, Hg
-low water neaps H10
-low water springs H8
-sea level H6
-water level Ha
Measured distance with beacons Q122
Medium J31
Megahertz Bh
Metre B41
Microsecond Bi
Microwave tower Ec
Military area, entry prohibited N31
Military practice and exercise area N30
Millimetre B44
Minaret E17
Mine E36
Minefield N34
Mine-laying practice area N32
Minute of arc B5
Minute of time B50
Mole F12
Monument E24
Moored storage tanker L17
Mooring groud tackle L18, Q42
Mosque E17
Motorway D10
Mud J2

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National parks N22
Natural watercourse I16
Nautical mile B45
Neap tide H17
No bottom found I13
Non-tidal basin, Wet dock F27
North B9
North American Datum 1927 (NAD 27) S50, Sb
North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83) S50, Sb
Northeast B13
North Magnetic Pole (position) B1
Northwest B15
Notice board Q126

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Observation spot B21
Obstruction K40-K42
Ocean current H43
Offshore platform, lighted P2
Oilfield, name of L1
Oil retention F29.2
One-way track M5
Ooze, Silt J4
Overfalls, Tide rips, Races H44
Overhead cable D27
Overhead pipe with vertical clearance D28
Overhead transporter D25

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Pagoda E14
Painted boards Q102
Park
-in general Ef
-marine Ne
-national Ef, N22
-provincial Eg
Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) N22
Patent slip F23
Path or track D12
Pebbles J7
Perch, Stake Q91
Picnic (small craft) Ua
Pictorial symbols, true position E3.1
Pier F14
Pile, Post F22
-submerged K43
Pilot
-boarding T1
-office T3
-office with pilot lookout T2
-transferred by helicopter T1.4
Pingo Cd
Pipeline
-abandoned L44
-area, oil or gas L40.2
-area, sewer or intake L41.2
-beacon Qu
-buried L42.1
-chemical L40.1
-oil or gas L40.1
-on land D29
-potable water Lb
-purpose not known Lc
-sewer or intake L41.1, L41.2
Pipeline sign Qu
Pipeline tunnel L42.2
Platform
-with name L2
-site of cleared platform L22
Pole, Stake Q90
Pontoon F16
Port with pilotage service T4
Position
-approximate B7, B33
-doubtful B8
-of buoy or beacon Q1
-of feature (leader line) Bk
-of fog signal R1
-of light or lighthouse P1
-symbolized B30-B33
Position of a pilot-cruising vessel T1
Position of North Magnetic Pole Bl
Post, Pile F22
Post office F63
Potable water intake Lb
Power transmission line D26
Precautionary area M16
Production platform L10
-lighted P2
Production well, submerged L20
Prohibited
-anchoring N20
-fishing N21
Promenade F15
Prominent trees C31
Provincial boundary or district Nb
Public
-wharf Uc

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Quarry E35
Quartz Jd
Quay F13

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Races, Overfalls, Tide rips H44
Radar
-beacon S2
-conspicuous feature S5
-dome E30.4
-range M31
-reference line M32.1
-reference line coinciding with a leading line M32.2
-reflector Q10, Q11, S4
-scanner E30.3
-surveillance station M30
-tower or mast E30.1, E30.2
-transponder beacon S3
Radio
-broadcasting station Ed
-tower or mast E28, E29
Radio reporting M40.1
Radio reporting line M40.2
Radiobeacon
-aeronautical Sk
-circular (non directional) Si
-providing QTG service Sj
Railway, Railroad D13
Ramark S2
Ramp Ud
Rapids C22
Recommended
-anchorage without limits N10
-track, no fixed marks M4
-track, with fixed marks M3
Red (quality of bottom) Js
Refuge for shipwrecked mariners T14
Refuse bin (small craft) Ue
Renewable energy installation L6.1
Reported but not surveyed I3
Reported but unconfirmed I4
Rescue station T12
Retroreflecting material Q6
River C20
Road D7, D11
Rock, Rocky J9
Rock
-awash at chart datum K12
-dangerous, depth known K14
-dangerous, depth unknown K13
-foreshore J21
-non-dangerous, depth known K15
-which covers and uncovers J21, K11
-which does not cover K10
-6 ft or less K13
Roll-on Roll-off ferry F50
Ruins
-on land D8
-water area F33

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Safe-water marks Q130.5
Salt pans C24
Sand J1
Sandhills C8
Sandwaves J14
Sandy shore C6
Schist Je
Scrubbing grid F24
Sea-plane
-anchorage N14
-landing area N13
Seal sanctuary N22
Seawall F2
Seaward limit of contiguous zone N44
Second of arc B6
Second of time B51
Seperation line M12
Seperation zone M13
Settlement D3
-scattered buildings D2
Shellfish beds K47
Shells J11
Shinto shrine E15
Signal stations T20-T36
Silo E33
Silt, Ooze J4
Single Point Mooring (SPM) L12, L16
Sketch (out of position) E3.2
Slipway F23
Small Jm
Soft J35
Sounding
-doubtful I1, I2
-in true position I10
-less reliable I14
-out of position I11
South B11
Southeast B14
Southwest B16
Speed limit indicator N27, Ub
Spoil ground N62
Spot elevations C11
Spot height C11
Spring in seabed J15
Spring tide H16
Stake, pole Q90
Stake, perch Q91
Statute mile Be
Steep coast C3
Steps F18
Sticky J34
Stiff J36
Stones J5
Stones and gravel (foreshore) J20
Stony or shingly shore C7
Stream C20
-intermittent or indefinite C21
Street name, Road name D7
Stumps
-position known K43.2
-position unknown K43.1
Submarine cable L30.1
-abandoned L32
-area L30.2
-area, power L31.2
-power L31.1
Submarine transit and exercise area N33
Swamp C33
Swept area with date I24
Swept by wire drag K2

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Tabulated tidal stream date H46
Tanks E32
Telegraph station T27
Telephone or telegraph line D27
Television tower or mast E28, E29
Temple E13
Territorial sea
-seaward limit N43, N44
-straight baseline N42
Tidal basin, Tidal harbour F28
Tidal information box H30
Tidal range box H30
Tidal stream diagram HI
Tide gauge T32
Tide rips, Overfalls, Races H44
Tie-up wall Fa
Timber yard F52
Ton(s) B53
Topo contours
-approximate C12
-with spot elevations C10
-with spot height C10
Tower in general E20
Track, Path D12
Track
-based on fixed marks M3
-maximum draft stated M6
-not based on fixed marks M4
-one-way M5
-two-way Mb
Traffic separation scheme M20-M29
-area to be avoided M29
-centreline buoys M28
-crossing gates M22
-deep water route M27
-inshore traffic zone M25
-roundabout M21
-recommended direction between schemes M26
-separation line M12
-separation zone M13
-two-way routes with one-way sections M28
-with precautionary area M16, M24
-without precautionary area M23
Training wall F5
Transit M2
Transit shed F51
Triangulation point B20
Trot Q42
True north B63
True rose Bm
Tunnel D16
Turbine L24
Two-way routeing system M27, M28
Two-way track Mb

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Under construction, works F32
Unsurveyed area I25
Urban area D1

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Vessel dumping ground limit Na
Views (out of position) E3.2
Virtual aid to navigation S18.1, S18.2
Volcanic J37

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Warehouse with designation F51
Water intake Lb
Water level scale Ta
Water tower E21
Waterfalls C22
Wave recorder L25
Weeds J13.1, Jk
Wellhead
-above water L23
-depth known L21.2
-depth unknown L21.1
-with height above bottom L21.3
West B12
Wet dock, Non-tidal basin F27
Wharf F13
Whirlpool, Eddies H45
White (nature of bottom) Jn
Windfarm E26.2, L5.2
Windmill E25
Windmill(without sails) E25.2
Windmotor, Windturbine E26.1, L5.1
Withy, Bush stakes Q92
Woods, in general C30
Works
-at sea F31
-on land F30
-under construction F32
World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84) S50
Wreck
-covers and uncovers K21
-dangerous, depth unknown K28
-depth known by sounding K26
-hull always dry K20
-masts visible K25
-non-dangerous, depth unknown K29, K31
-showing superstructure K24
-submerged, depth known K22
-submerged, depth unknown K23
-swept, depth known by wire drag K27
-with estimated safe clearance K30

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Yard Bd
Yellow (nature of bottom) Jr