One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north.‘compass readings vary from 7.9° to 6.7° west of true north’
- ‘There had been hopes that the variation of the compass - the angle between the directions of magnetic north and true north - might do the trick, since it was known to vary with position on the earth.’
- ‘An example of the former is that the Bermuda Triangle lies on the 80° meridian, a line that is one of two places on Earth where the magnetic and true north poles are in perfect alignment.’
- ‘During his expeditions in the Americas and Europe, he recorded and reported on magnetic declination - the angle between magnetic north and true north at a particular location.’
- ‘Oddly, the surveyor used magnetic north in laying out the site, whereas the nearby streets were laid out on a true north bearing.’
- ‘The eastern side of the Great Pyramid, for example, points only three arcminutes away from a true north - south line, and other pyramids in the group are not much worse.’
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