posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 05:18 AM
seafarers used to navigate before the introduction of the magnetic compass. A previous study showed that calcite crystals reveal the patterns of
polarized light around the sun and, therefore, could have been used to determine its position in the sky even on cloudy days. That led researchers to
believe these crystals, which are commonly found in Iceland and other parts of Scandinavia, might have been the powerful "sunstones" referred to in
Norse legends, but they had no archaeological evidence to support their hypothesis—until now. After subjecting it to a battery of mechanical and
chemical tests, the team determined that the Alderman crystal is indeed a calcite and, therefore, could have been the ship's optical compass, they
report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Today, similar calcite crystals are used by astronomers to analyze the atmospheres of
exoplanets—perhaps setting the stage for a whole new age of exploration.
Yeah. A staff and a crystal block. Must of been to navigate the sea you know when there was no sea... Since when did vikings use blocks of crystal
for tracing the stars? Yeah the material has been used. But that's a straight up block lol.
Seriously. I think that is an Atlantean artifact. Probably plundered from Greenland. And it was most likely being transported by the Free masons but
it was lost. I have a feeling those artifacts might be very important.
They mention vikings but it was a British ship. Any thoughts guys?
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