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Offline biro

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Sunstones: guides for the Vikings?
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:14:32 AM »
Viking sailors may have used Icelandic sunstones as navigational aides on the voyage to North America. A team of English researchers has made findings which support these claims.

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Now an international team of scientists report in the journal the Proceedings of the Royal Society A that the Icelandic spars behave like mythical sunstones and polarise light.

By holding the stones aloft, voyaging Vikings could have used them to find the sun in the sky.


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Re: Sunstones: guides for the Vikings?
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011, 05:29:55 PM »
How interesting!
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