Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 119–125 | Cite as

Naming of undersea features

  • Arnold H. Bouma


The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and the joint IOC/IHO Guiding Committee for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) have expressed considerable concern about the indiscriminate and unregulated naming of undersea features which often go into print without any close scrutiny. An author may not realize that the feature has a name already, maybe in another language, or that his terminology conflicts with established definitions.

Geo-Marine Letters wants to follow the IOC/IHO/GEBCO recommendations and requests that its authors follow the set forth guidelines. Examples of terms and definitions are given and addresses of national authorities provided.


Guide Committee National Authority Considerable Concern Bathymetric Chart Established Definition 
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  1. Fisher RL (1987) A proposal for modesty. Geology 15:583Google Scholar
  2. International Hydrographic Bureau (1989) Standardization of Undersea Feature Names: Guidelines, Proposal Form. Terminology. English/French version, 2nd Edition, BP-0006. Principality of Monaco, 34 pGoogle Scholar
  3. International Hydrographic Bureau (1988) Gazetteer of Geographical Names of Undersea Features shown (or which might be added) on the GEBCO and on the IHO small-scale International Chart Series (1∶2,225,000 and smaller). BP-0008. Principality of Monaco, 146 pGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold H. Bouma
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  1. 1.School of GeosciencesLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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