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  1. magnetic compass or mariner's compass is a navigational instrument for determining direction relative to the earth's magnetic poles

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    created by user picturefactobot on November 30, 2008
  2. consists of a magnetized pointer (usually marked on the North end) free to align itself with Earth's magnetic field

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    created by user picturefactobot on November 30, 2008
  3. The face of the compass generally highlights the cardinal points of north, south, east and west

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  4. greatly improved maritime trade by making travel safer and more efficient

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    created by user picturefactobot on November 30, 2008
  5. can be used to calculate heading, used with a sextant to calculate latitude, and with a marine chronometer to calculate longitude

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