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The above is a map of the Arctic (1582) by John Dee. In the middle of Arctic lies the hypothesized island Rupes Nigri: a dark, uninhibited mountain made from black magnetic rock to which every compass in the world is pointing. The above is a map of the Arctic (1582) by John Dee. In the middle of Arctic lies the hypothesized island Rupes Nigri: a dark, uninhibited mountain made from black magnetic rock to which every compass in the world is pointing.
-John Dee was a militant agitator for English colonization who, as her personal advisor, encouraged his queen to re-colonise the ancient Arthurian empire. It fits such a worldview that the end of the compass should be a timeless, unmoveable rock in the centre of the world: to Dee the world was ordered and his job was to identify its contours where ordinary observation failed to reach. +John Dee was a militant agitator for English colonization who, as her personal advisor, encouraged his queen to re-colonise the ancient Arthurian empire. It fits such a worldview that the end of the compass should be a timeless, unmoveable rock at the top of the world: to Dee the world was fixed and finished and his job was to identify its contours where ordinary observation failed to reach.
-Below is plot that shows the trajectory of the magnetic north pole for the last 400 years. The magnetic north pole moves at a speed of 55-60km per year and a compass points to a different point every time you consult it. The earth does not play a zero-sum game: just because some coordinate is now the magnetic north doesn't mean that all the other coordinates can't be at the end of the arrow at some point. +Below is a plot that shows the trajectory of the magnetic north pole for the last 400 years. The magnetic north pole moves at a speed of 55-60km per year and a compass points to a different point every time you consult it. The earth does not play a zero-sum game: just because some coordinate is now the magnetic north doesn't mean that all the other coordinates can't be at the end of the arrow at some point.
-The earth is exploring all possibilities. This told in the shape of a walk. +The earth is exploring all possibilities, searching for what?
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+This told in the shape of a walk.
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupes_Nigra]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupes_Nigra]]