Compass in Kapuas Hulu
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:45PM
[chuck] in Danau Sentarum, Kapuas Hulu, Science, compass

Melayu field assistant taking a compass bearing as we run inventory transects through tembesu (Fagraea fragrans Roxb.) stands in Danau Sentarum National Park in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan (see Danau Sentarum). Of interest here is the way he has the Silva compass resting on top of a stake that he has cut and carved. Always stays flat, easy to swivel, and frees up his other hand for taking notes. Essentially turns a hand compass into a staff compass. Ingenious. [NOTE: I had forgotten about this trick until I came across the slide. Wish I could remember this man's name...].

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