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    Re: "Magnetic Variation" vs "Magnetic Declination"
    From: Giuseppe Menga
    Date: 2007 Jan 8, 19:59 +0100

    In Italy the mariner world calls it declinazione magnetica (magnetic
    declination). I was a little surprised when I started reading english
    literature to find the term magnetic variation.
    Giuseppe Menga
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Lu Abel" 
    To: "Navigation" 
    Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 7:38 PM
    Subject: [NavList 2004] "Magnetic Variation" vs "Magnetic Declination"
    > Following up on Guy Schwartz's question about Variation and George
    > Huxtable's reply, I decided to do some web surfing.
    > I ran into an immediate shock:  while we of the mariner persuasion call
    > the difference between true north and magnetic north "magnetic variation,"
    > most of the rest of the scientific community calls it "magnetic
    > declination."
    > For example, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_declination
    > Does anyone know why this disparity in terminology exists?
    > Lu Abel
    > >
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