Maharashtra State BoardSSC (English Medium) 7th Standard
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Give Detailed Information About How the Merchants of Olden Times Used a Magnet While Travelling. - General Science

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Give detailed information about how the merchants of olden times used a magnet while travelling.

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In the past, it was known that a piece of magnetite (stones having magnetic properties), when hung freely, points in the North-South direction. Thus, these stones were used by merchants of olden times to find direction while travelling through unknown regions. These stones are also called loadstones (leading stones).

Concept: Magnetic Field
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Balbharati General Science 7th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 19 Properties of a Magnetic Field
Exercise | Q 4 | Page 130
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