Pacific Nations and Territories-Chapter 5

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Terms in this set (...)

Outrigger Canoes
A boat with a wooden frame placed its side to keep the craft steady in rough seas
Sennit
Cord formed by weaving from plant fibers.
Tack
To change direction when sailing upwind
Two Navigation Problems
How to tell direction when sailing.
How to tell exact position when sailing.
Latitude (Parallels)
Distance north or south of the equator
Longitude (Meridians)
Distance east or west of the prime meridian
Prime Meridian
The meridian, designated at 0° longitude, which passes through the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England.
Compass
Navigational instrument for finding directions
Sextant
Navigation tool that determines latitude and longitude
North Star
The star at the north end of the axis (North Pole)
GPS
A system that determines the precise position of something on Earth through a series of satellites, tracking stations, and receivers.
Wayfinding
The system of navigating a foreign place through observation of natural phenomena, such as the movement of the sun and stars
Southern Cross
The most familiar group of stars in the southern sky
Swells
Rolling waves that move in a steady procession across the ocean
Dead Reckoning
Finding the way by travelling at a known speed for a known time in a known direction
Undersea Reefs
Obstacles to a sailor (A good navigator will know where they are)
Central Caroline Islands
Traditional navigators still use outrigger canoes to cross the open ocean
Pwo Ceremony
Training for navigators in the Caroline Islands

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