Independent from Long Beach, California on January 23, 1975 · Page 58
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IN AN ARTICLE in "New Scientist," Oatley points out that the Vikings used a simple method 'of determining whether they were near land and its direction by simply releasing a bird. If it flew off and did not return they knew it had found land in that direction. If it returned to the ship there was obviously no land in sight. "Of course birds observed by Pacific Island navigators or carried by Vikings did not have to exercise any very obscure navigational skills," Oatley wrote. "Migratory birds, however, are also impressive navigators over thousands of miles and there is some temptation to suppose that instead of instruments they are equipped with special senses (for the earth's magnetic field for instance). "NOT ONLY has no for such special senses been discovered, but study · of instrument-free human navigation gives a much better understanding of the brain processes needed for animals to navigate. "It is conceivable that the instinctive methods of the bird, and the much more highly thought-out strategies of (for instance) Pacific island voyagers have much in common." / ' He cited experiments in humans, led along the hypotenuse of a triangle, were able to walk back along the other two equal sides with surprising accuracy. Oatley then took up the remarkable case of the Caroline Islanders who navigate among their islands well out of sight of land without instruments. Recent studies tend to show that anyone who did not know the modus operandi would be just as baf- THE CAROLINE Islanders travel with the aid of certain mental indices. They know the star patterns overhead for one thing; They know that from a distance of about 30 miles patterns or colors of clouds over islands often indicate their position. And that at similar ranges the patterns of swells around an island can also be discerned. . LM-i- i ff/x. was forced to use before cence something like cient use of observation instruments IOOK ov » underwalbi I^u^g, u nd the other senses man Oatley said. ; ; indicating land. They can detect the subtle changes of sea color over deep reefs and thus avoid them. They recognize the flight patterns of island birds. And most important, said Oatley, they are able to think of their boats as stationary with the islands sliding steadily by as the voyage proceeds. None of this requires spe- DELUXE CA MAGIC MINUTE CAI 4800 E. PACIFIC COAST 2 niOCKS tAST OF TMFMC Cl VALID THRU JAN. 31st R W A S H g TH GAS FILL-UP · : 8 GAL. MIN. \ I WASH wnrruiH I att/Y .,_ ' CU (Mobllj : -- ···TM^- PRICES EFFECTIVE f HRU JAN. 26 SAVE 5.00 EA] 4-SHELF BOOKCASE 814" D x 34" W x 45" H Unfinished solid knotty pine. Easy to finish. Reg. 19.99 YOUR CHOICE STORAGE CABINET 16 1 /4" D x-30" W x 18'/a" H Unfinished solid knotty pine. Ideal for storing records and tapes. Easy to assemble. 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