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This photo taken in Alderney, one of the Channel Islands, dated June 2012 and released on Friday March 8, 2013 by scientist Guy Ropars shows the Alderney Crystal, a piece of calcite. Researchers say the rough, whitish crystal recovered from the wreckage of 16th century English warship may be a sunstone, a special kind of mineral believed by some to have helped medieval seafarers navigate the high seas. (AP Photo/Guy Ropars)

1 posted on 03/08/2013 11:05:59 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping!...........


2 posted on 03/08/2013 11:06:34 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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A natural beam splitter?


4 posted on 03/08/2013 11:19:44 AM PST by ZX12R
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“Le Floch noted that one Icelandic legend—the Saga of St. Olaf—appears to refer to such a crystal when it says that Olaf used a “sunstone” to verify the position of the sun on a snowy day.”

I hope that all this speculation regarding sunstones isnt due to a single reference in some guy’s journal. If thats the case sunstones have about the same credibility as bigfoot. It would also reinforce my suspicion that archaeologists have far too much time on their hands.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 11:27:23 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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Many stone have birefringence but I was taught Iolite (Cordierite) was use as “sunstones” by Vikings. They were used in pairs as crossed polarloid filters to produce a dark field similar to welding goggles becuase of the the gemstone’s extreme pleochroism, not birefringence.


6 posted on 03/08/2013 11:30:21 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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Vikings may not have grasped the physics behind the phenomenon, but that wouldn't present a problem.

I read a sci-fi story once with a female archaeologist digging up an old Viking boat with it's crew and the men came to life. After a few days of driving the men around and having them stay at her apartment and humorous interactions and experiences, she asked why they weren't more dazzled at the baffling technology that they were seeing for the first time, one of the Vikings simply stated that, "it was no matter, we had magic in our time also".

7 posted on 03/08/2013 11:37:30 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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Came looking for nearly free and limitless energy. This thread is a Total Heinlein Fail....


8 posted on 03/08/2013 11:38:36 AM PST by Eepsy
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To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

16 posted on 03/08/2013 12:18:32 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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“a sunstone, the fabled crystal ....”

The ambiguous meaning (in this context) of “fabled” seems to imply that there is some doubt about the existence of sunstones. The statement is partially accurate, if “fabled” is taken to mean “made famous in fables”. It is completely wrong, if it is supposed to mean “exists only in fables”.

Sunstones do exist — that’s an indisputable fact. There are also accounts of their use by Viking navigators. Now, it seems that these accounts are likely “historical”, and not merely “fables”. The statement should be changed to: “a sunstone, the crystal made famous in historical accounts of Viking navigation”.


21 posted on 03/08/2013 1:05:26 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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Sun Stone Ping


31 posted on 03/08/2013 3:27:31 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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