14 March 2010

A geographically unique island

I've been reading about this island intermittently for the past several weeks.  Truly you won't find an island like this anywhere else.  The prominence in the NW corner ("Mount Franklin") is an inactive volcano, with lava streams emanating from it.  At the base of the lava flow on the east in a massive wall of solid granite.  And somewhere to the south are deposits of limestone.  And coal.   Hard to believe.

Image credit to stuff [tm] who has colorized a 19th century map of the island and translated the names from French to English.


  1. This (fictional) island is the setting of Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island"

  2. I agree, I think, with eric's sentiment. Oz, or even Candyland, would be (similarly fictional) areas even more geographically unique.

  3. It's interesting that it appears to be inspired by the Eye of Ra.

  4. Interestingly enough, this island also shares a number of features with Treasure Island, from the book of the same name by R. L. Stevenson. Distributed a little differently, but a number of similarities...


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