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A compass rose , sometimes called a windrose , is a figure on a compass , map , nautical chart or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions — North, East, South and West - and their intermediate points. It is also the term for the graduated markings found on the traditional magnetic compass . Today, the idea of a compass rose is found on, or featured in, almost all navigation systems, including nautical charts , non-directional beacons (NDB), VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) systems, global-positioning systems (GPS ), and similar equipment and devices.
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