Jarn’s Journal Year 9, Day 195

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Year 9, day 195

If there’s a northern ice cap I haven’t found it yet, though I’ve seen a lot more of the northern continent.

I’d already observed that the northern shore of the tideless sea was very different from the southern one. I’ve come to the conclusion that the equatorial continent on which I landed is quite different from the northern one, and not just in latitude and climate.

The equatorial continent has a relatively smooth outline, at least on a large scale. Few islands or peninsulas, to start with. Then what mountains exist are mostly volcanic or associated with rifting and thermal uplift. This continent is spitting apart. I’m pretty sure at this point it is also crashing into the northern one, which helps explain all the mountains to the north.

The northern continent is very irregular in outline, with so many embayments and peninsulas I can hardly keep track of them. I haven’t mapped the whole coastline yet, or the islands offshore.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien who was marooned in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has made contact with a group of our ancestors, and in currently exploring Europe. A longer version of this post can be found on my main blog; the entire journal to date is on my author site.

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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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4 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 9, Day 195

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    It’s always interesting to see somewhere we know well through alien eyes – Jarn throws up points which are evident once you see them, but which we are too familiar with the subject to notice ordinarily. Which, of course, is what writing is all about. Good snippet – thanks!

  2. Wait till he gets to the frozen northlands…he’ll wish he was back at the equator then, I bet! 🙂 I agree with Peter. Reading it, then looking at the map, then reading it again was an interesting lesson.

    • He’s already on the autumnal equinox (it ‘s day 195 on his calendar) and the longer version makes it clear that he’s just reached the northern tip of Denmark and caught a glimpse of the mountains of Scandinavia. And he’s going to wish the People were better at tanning furs.

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