by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

Go on a Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth along with his other one 20000 Leagues Under the Sea are perhaps the most accomplished novels for a child, though I liked 20000 Leagues better than the Journey.  The reason probably is I read the Lee Falk’s Phantom adventure The Mystery of the Veiled Lady, where the Ghost-Who-Walks descends into a volcano to save a science expedition, before I read the Journey.

Even between the 20000 Leagues and the Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the former is more scientifically accurate – keeping in mind they were published in 1870 and 1864 respectively.  Today we know better about the Earth’s interior, about its crust, mantle, core and know very well that we cannot journey to the centre of the Earth – not with present technology.   For that matter, we cannot descend 20000 Leagues Under the Sea too, technology or not, for the simple reason that no ocean or sea extends that far deep (16,000 metres).

Not all of us can be James Cameron too – to commandeer the Challenger Deep and descend to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, to 10,900 metres.  But what we can do is travel down the BBC infographic ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ and experience the various sights we will probably encounter.

The infographic pictures two vehicles, an underwater one to the right and a borer to the left descending on water and earth respectively.  As they descend we are informed of the depth in the Head Up Display (HUD) at the bottom, and various features of interest appear on the sides. 

Here is a screenshot info about the submerged Pagodas of Mahabalipuram, off Tamil Nadu Coast, near Chennai that was Madras.


Have fun.

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