A compass used for Navigation

A compass used for Navigation

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Credit: Universal History Archive/UIG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A compass is a direction-finding instrument with a magnetic needle that points north (and south). Before compasses were invented, seamen navigated by observing landmarks and the stars. The magnetic compass was invented by the Chinese in about 1100 and used by Muslim navigators from about 1220.

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Keywords: 1100s, chinese, compass, magnetic compass, magnetic needle, magnetic poles, muslim, navigation, navigators, north, seamen navigated, south, stars

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