Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 180 #SFFSAT

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Aegean BathymetryI was following the coast west when the mountain jumble to my right was replaced by a jumble of islands. I went high, as I usually do when I want to get a good look, and found that the coastline turns north, but the sea to its west was an unbelievable tangle of islands. Some looked volcanic, though not in a proper arc, and when I tried to sense the sea bottom I found it almost as rough as the land to the east. Ocean floor shouldn’t to that! It’s supposed to be too thin to support much in the way of mountains!

The area is still part of the tideless sea, and seems to be bordered by mountainous terrain to the north and west. It’s still hot and clear, though the southward equinox is approaching and I suspect from the vegetation that this is a winter-rain area. Is it worth while trying to map all of these islands before going on to the land to the west?

I wish my old friend Nal was here. He used to study planetology, and I suspect he could explain this sea of islands, but it has me biting my nails.

Jarn, of course, would hardly have gone high enough to see the Aegean Sea as a whole, and the French names of island groups, seas and countries are out of period by about 125 millennia. But his ability of perception would have allowed him to tell that the sea bottom was as much a jumble of heights as the mountains of Anatolia. Unfortunately the best bathometric map of the area I could find was this one, from Wikimedia.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a group of our ancestors and is exploring the world on which he finds himself. This post is much shortened from a longer version on my main blog. For the entire Journal to date, see my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the back story of the world in which my science fiction is set.


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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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10 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 180 #SFFSAT

  1. S.A. Check says:

    I love the term planetologist with Jarn. Its a good fit and, as always, kind of shows our world in a different perspective.

  2. Peter Vialls says:

    Jarn biting his nails? Nicely quirky image of our normal unflustered alien (and a good way to squeeze in the cue word!)

  3. I must have missed the “cue word” instruction. Dang! But I love how his studies unfold. 🙂

  4. Tara Quan says:

    I couldn’t quite picture Jarn biting his nails. He seems so cool and collected most of the time. But mapping out a sea of islands does sound like a daunting task.

  5. Katje says:

    That sounds like a lot of work. Jarn sure is dedicated!

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