Sunday, March 7, 2010

Which Way Is North?

Just because I'm including a piece here on that subject, most would say that north is not where the compass points, and that would be correct.

If you follow your compass, you will end up in the Arctic Ocean, west of the northern tip of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, about 300 miles south of the North Pole.

You will have to run fast to keep up with magnetic north. It jiggles back and forth about 40 miles a day, and the oval within which it jiggles is currently moving toward Russia at about 40 miles a year -- about a 1/10th of a mile a day.

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