Better understand how a compass works and the Earth’s Magnetic Field.
A compass will provide you with the direction of the four cardinal points – North, East, West, and South. By understanding how a compass works and knowing the numerous recognizable signs that indicate direction, you will rarely be lost. So, it is important to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and how to make a temporary compass. The compass, like gunpowder, was developed by the Chinese who used a chunk of magnetic iron ore suspended by a piece of lace to help them navigate on land and sea. Today, the simplest compass is a magnetised needle mounted on a pivot so that it rotates freely.
To make your own temporary compass […]