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    "Magnetic Variation" vs "Magnetic Declination"
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2007 Jan 08, 10:38 -0800

    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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