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to the compass,
winds and their different characteristics were used to understand
direction itself. The ancient Greeks noted that the south wind was dry
and hot when it came from the direction of the winter sunrise
little north of southeast) and moist and hot when it came from the
direction of the winter sunset (a little north of southwest). The
direction the wind had come from and the wind itself were one and the
same, so that the cold northerly wind was called Boreas, a word also
used to mean north.
"The Natural Navigator"
Way the Wind Blows
by Linda Sannuti
The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide
by Tristan Gooley
British expeditionist Tristan
sailed across oceans, flown between continents, and climbed
of the world's tallest mountains using the natural navigation skills
described in this book.
humans have been making their way from
place to place for a millenia, there is no record of how the earliest
travelers navigated, or how often they got lost. Accounts of navigation
methods don't show up in anyone's literature until about a thousand
Gooley's obsession with the art of navigation began as an empowered
10-year-old sailing a
garnered the skills to go wherever I wanted. Not where my teachers told
me to go, not where my parents wanted me to go, but where I wanted to
This book explains how to find your way without GPS or even compasses,
but with shadows, stars, tides, plants, clouds, the moon, the sun and
wild animals. Also known as ‘wayfinding,’ natural
navigation techniques can be used on land, sea or in
The Spirit of Navigation
by Echo Chernik
The moon can be a navigation tool in the middle of the night.
When you see a moon with its lighted half downward (like a bowl) slowly
descending, you are watching the first quarter (half full) moon setting
in the west.
When you see a moon with its lighted half downward but slowly getting
higher, you are seeing the last quarter (half full) moon rising in the
In the middle of the night, a nearly full moon will be in the south and
its shadows will point north.
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