stanles wrote: Thorf wrote: LoZompatore wrote:
What about adding also the Dragon's Teeth Reef from X7 and X1SOLO? It should be visible along the eastern border on the map. Its shape is visible from X7 map.
Maybe it could be shown also in the Known World map.
It's should just be a normal reef symbol, right? The little black dot pattern? Because we also have the Savage Coast cream coloured shoals that we could use. (I'm not entirely clear on the difference... Edit: Ah, as I suspected, shoals
are also known as sandbars. Similar to reefs in many ways, but a little more restricted.)
shoals do suggest a more transitory sand based feature if used in a geomorphological sense, but in a nautical, hydrographic sense a shoal is moreso any feature which can be at or just below the sea level including for instance reefs.
Yes, I think you're quite right, Shawn. Since we have both marked on Mystaran maps, I guess that the difference might be that shoals are composed of sand, whereas reefs can be anything from stone or rocks to coral. Shoals are likely to be close to the shore, whereas reefs may be in shallow water further from the coast. Finally, both may be submerged at high tide and revealed at low tide, remain submerged at low tide, or remain visible just above the water level at high tide. (Is this about right? I'm especially unsure about the last point.)
Okay, I called my dad and asked him. He said that reefs (also known as skerries) are always hard, made of rock or coral. They may or may not be submerged at high tide, and they may or may not be revealed at low tide. Shoal is a somewhat complicated word, because it has lots of meanings - including simply "shallow" when used as an adjective, as in "shoal water" (shallow water). He also said that while a sandbank/sandbar is a shoal, not all shoals are sandbanks.
It sounds like the Mystaran shoals, given their colour on the maps, and their positions near the coast and at river mouths, are sandbanks. They may or may not be submerged at high tide.