Thursday, April 7, 2011
Nothing has ever seemed normal for Skull Island except for the climate. When studied in detail the island's climate and weather patterns give some form of order to its chaotic existence.Lying far west of Sumatra in the heart of the Indian Ocean at approximately -12 S,78 N Skull Island is profoundly affected by its proximity to the Earth's equator, and its position in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
Skull Island owes its rich tropical rain forest climate to the systems of global air convergence that cause the formation of the planet's global rain belts. Specifically, the island is dominated by the tropical rain belt which oscillates from the northern to the southern tropics over the course of the year roughly following the solar equator (largely a manifestation of the ITCZ). The tropical rain belt lies in the southern hemisphere of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean roughly from October to March providing the island with a pronounced "wet" season during those months. The island's p
|Map image illustrating Skull Island's approximate location|
|Explorers navigate through Skull Island's thick rain forest|
|Anne Darrow plays "hard to get" with a handsome stranger|
|The SS Venture barrels through the cloud of fog|
|SS Venture colliding with the jagged coastline (should have been more careful...)|
It is thanks to Skull Island's unique global position, and tropical climate that the fascinating (albeit frightening) ecosystem has managed to thrive for so long, and remain isolated from the outside world. There can be no doubt that this naturally protected and hidden land mass could not exist anywhere else on the planet.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
As if Skull Island's tectonic chaos wasn't causing enough destruction to the land, numerous forms of weathering and erosion had been slowly degrading the island over the past thousands of years. The effects of weathering are obvious throughout the island's landscape. The rocks lining the coast and located in the interior of the island have suffered repeatedly from tectonic movement. This cracking of the rocks has formed many joints allowing weathering to take affect via water and plant organisms.
Due to its tropical climate the island receives a heavy amount of rainfall that has enabled water based erosion and weathering to occur to a great extent. Rain splash erosion is common near the coastal area as the bare rocks are impacted by rainfall and ocean water driving apart mineral particles and causing breakages as seen in the background of the image below.
|An image highlighting the joints formed at the island's coast|
|Jack Driscoll cries out "LOOK AT ALL THIS WEATHERING!"|
Water erosion has also been key in the formation of the Skull Island's many river valleys, floodplains, and deltas. As with any location freshwater is the lifeblood of the island and its numerous organisms.The abundance in moisture has also facilitated a massive amount of plant growth island-wide. With no significant human populace vegetation has been allowed to run rampant causing rock breakages from root pressure and expansion into rock formations on the island. The link below shows when the original crew who first found Skull Island were caught in a Brontosaurus stampede, but when a viewer examines the valley they are in the significant amount of plant growth affecting the surrounding rocks is evident.
Skull Island could possibly be classified as a transport limited landscape based on the exorbitant amount of plant life, but the apparent effects of both weathering and erosion is overwhelming.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
There is little wonder as to why Skull Island had laid undiscovered for so long. Jutting from the perilous sea far west of Sumatra, the island was in the heart of a region afflicted by intense magnetic anomalies and violent sea storms. The very rock of which the island was built was treacherous.
Unfortunately due to this highly destructive tectonic process the island's coastline continually shatters and falls away causing the island to slowly sink. In the island's heart, dormant volcanic forces have brought water and mud bubbling to the surface while other areas are gnawed hollow from beneath, leaving a crumbling land full of jagged abutments and bottomless chasms. Ironically, Skull Island owes its creation to the same forces that were tearing it to pieces by the time of its discovery in the mid-twentieth century.
|A view of the island's jagged coastline; evidence of its tumultuous formation|
Once part of a much larger landmass, ancient Pangaea, Skull Island sits squarely on the turbulent boundary of the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The plates continually converge with one another and the resultant stress causes violent fracturing of the Indo-Australian plate beneath the island. This in turn has lead to the formation of the majority of Skull Island's jagged coastline. In the past it is likely that significant volcanic activity ensued as a result of tectonic movement. Fissures and pressure spots created land and forced molten rock (magma) to the surface while, at the same time, great chunks of the island broke off and fell into the deep subduction trench that marked the plate's edge. As illustrated in the image below the island's convergent plate boundaries formed the central mountain peak where Kong would dwell.
|Diagram illustrating the process of Skull Island's violent formation|
|Image illustrating the dramatic extent to which the island has shrunk in the past thousand years|
- Images taken from The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island
Monday, January 24, 2011
This blog has been created by Will Lindsey! I'm currently a sophomore majoring in Geography/Urban Studies, and slaving away as a student ambassador for UC Denver.
The location I have chosen is the fictional landmass Skull Island from the movie King Kong. I will be focusing specifically on the version of the island from Peter Jackson's 2005 re-make of the classic film.
|Picture of yours truly so that you can put a face to the name|
I chose this location primarily because I have always enjoyed the film immensely. I was also inspired by a companion novel that was released with the movie that revolves around a plot where scientists make a second expedition to Skull Island in an attempt to document the flora, fauna, and physical landscape. In my opinion, Skull Island is a representation of how beautiful, frightening, and captivating our world could be if nature were allowed to thrive unchecked by man. By choosing this fictional location I will have to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of both the forms and processes we will be studying in class. I'm looking forward to the challenge of doing so, and the fact that I'll have to review the movie again for "research".
Image from http://danielreeve.co.nz