Rachel Neumeier

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A geologic history of Westeros —

No, really.

Start with a supercontinent and off you go:

Geologic events occurring XX million years ago (Mya) on Westeros:
(today) The size of the Game of Thrones planet
(25 Mya) The Earth split Westeros from Essos
(30-40 Mya) When Dorne boiled
(40 Mya) Land of ice
(60-80 Mya) The rise of the Black Mountains
(80-100 Mya) As the Moon rose, so did the Lannisters
(300 Mya) Diving the tropical reefs of Winterfell
(450 Mya) The sand ran red
(500 Mya) The first mountains

I quit reading GAME OF THRONES several books ago and I’m not very interested in Westeros as such. I may never read the rest of the series, though I would appreciate a full summary when it’s finally finished so I can see if I’m right about my predictions about what’s going to happen.

But this geological extrapolation is pretty keen.

“Knowing that the Black Mountains are 60-80 million years old, we therefore surmise that the Mountains of the Moon are 80-100 million years old, comparable to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in North America. The Moon Orogeny is more complex than the Black Orogeny, and we propose that the Mountains of the Moon formed in two stages: 1) early subduction of the microplate beneath southern Westeros, and 2) later continental collision between northern and southern Westeros.”

See? Isn’t that keen?

It reminds me of this, uh, study, of the vampire ecology in Buffy.

“Now that we have a model, we can start trying out some assumptions (or, if we’re lucky, actual measurements) for the various parameters. To start with, we know from the sign in “Lover’s Walk” that the human population of Sunnydale is 38,500. We also know that the town of Berkeley, CA has a population of about 100,000. Since Berkeley is also a town with a UC campus, and is furthermore a town that has been more or less completely urbanized (the population has been stable or dropping slightly for about 25 years), we will take 100,000 as the carrying capacity for a California university town.”

Fun with science! Enjoy.

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