Avalon

avalon

Welcome aboard Malagabay Airlines.

Our high speed journey [through space and time] from Aberdeen to Avalon will pass over [for your entertainment and enlightenment] many Arcane Areas of Academic Ambiguity.

Left side passengers can take one last lingering look at the beauty of Scotland and its geologic glory of blobs, blocks and bands.

striped-scotland

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/shaping-scotland-in-two-shakes/

Right side passengers can enjoy the lush and lovely Ireland with its many blobs, blocks and bands.

striped-ireland

Ask About Ireland – The Formation of the Physical Landscape
http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/environment-geography/physical-landscape/Irelands-physical-landsca/the-formation-of-the-phys/

The Great Glen Fault… runs through its namesake the Great Glen (Glen Albyn) in Scotland… and then on into northwestern Ireland, directly through Lough Foyle, Donegal Bay and Clew Bay.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Glen_Fault

As we approach Newfoundland eagle eyed passengers may notice the familiar blobs, blocks and bands which once physically bound the New and Old worlds together.

newfoundland

The Great Glen Fault… continues on the North American side of the North Atlantic Ocean… through the length of northwestern Newfoundland, Canada, as the Cabot Fault (Long Range Fault) and on into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

It is at least 300 miles (480 km) long.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Glen_Fault

The Avalon Peninsula is a large peninsula (9,220 km²) that makes up the southeast portion of the island of Newfoundland.

The peninsula gives its name to the ancient micro-continent Avalonia of which it was part.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon_Peninsula

We are now over the Avalon Peninsula and will soon begin our descent.

fasten-seat-belts

As we pass through the Tecton-Oh-Sphere try to catch a glimpse of the Eurasian Plate fantasy theme park which is a popular destination for Earth Scientists with a very strong aversion to blobs, blocks and anything that vaguely resembles a long, sinuous band.

eurasian-plate-usgs

The Eurasian Plate is a tectonic plate which includes most of the continent of Eurasia (a landmass consisting of the traditional continents of Europe and Asia), with the notable exceptions of the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian subcontinent, and the area east of the Chersky Range in East Siberia.

It also includes oceanic crust extending westward to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and northward to the Gakkel Ridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Plate

Plate tectonics is a scientific theory describing the large-scale motion of 7 large plates and the movements of a larger number of smaller plates of the Earth’s lithosphere, over the last hundreds of millions of years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics

As we drop through the Paleo-Oh-Sphere please familiarise yourself with Baltica and Laurentia landmarks that [coincidentally] consist of blobs, blocks and bands.

relax

baltica-and-laurentia

Baltica was a late-Proterozoic, early-Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltica

Laurentia or the North American Craton is a large continental craton that forms the ancient geological core of the North American continent.

Many times in its past, Laurentia has been a separate continent as it is now in the form of North America, although originally it also included the cratonic areas of Greenland and also the northwestern part of Scotland, known as the Hebridean Terrane.

During other times in its past, Laurentia has been part of larger continents and supercontinents and itself consists of many smaller terranes assembled on a network of Early Proterozoic orogenic belts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurentia

hebridean-terrane

The Hebridean Terrane is one of the terranes that form part of the Caledonian orogenic belt in northwest Scotland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebridean_Terrane

moine-thrust-belt

The Moine Thrust Belt is a linear geological feature in the Scottish Highlands which runs from Loch Eriboll on the north coast 190 kilometres (120 mi) south-west to the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

The thrust carried metamorphic material over 200 km across Scotland entirely masking the geology of the previous terrane.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moine_Thrust_Belt

palaeogeographical-animation

Our destination has finally emerged out of the mists of time.

avalonia-countries

Avalonia was a microcontinent in the Paleozoic era.

Crustal fragments of this former microcontinent underlie south-west Great Britain, and the eastern coast of North America.

It is the source of many of the older rocks of Western Europe, Atlantic Canada, and parts of the coastal United States.

Avalonia is named for the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalonia

south-avalon
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/239949349_Plate_interactions_of_Laurussia_and_Gondwana_during_the_formation_of_Pangaea_-_Constraints_from_U-Pb_LA-SF-ICP-MS_detrital_zircon_ages_of_Devonian_and_Early_Carboniferous_siliciclastics_of_the_Rhenohe

In structural geology, a suture is a joining together along a major fault zone, of separate terranes, tectonic units that have different plate tectonic, metamorphic and paleogeographic histories.

The suture is often represented on the surface by an orogen or mountain range.

The term was borrowed from surgery where it describes the sewing together of two pieces of tissue, but the sutures of the skull, where separate plates of bone have fused, may be a better metaphor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suture_%28geology%29

Our approach to Avalon is routed over Eratosthenes’ Europe with the date set 194 BC.

This strangely compressed version of Europe is perfectly aligned with Avalonia’s basement rocks and Europe’s collision with Baltica wont actually occur until 637 CE.

eratosthenes-map-small

avalonia-eratosthenes

Eratosthenes of Cyrene (c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC) was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist.

He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria.

He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes

We have begun out final approach and the date has now wound forward to 117 AD.

Although presented on a modern map the Roman Empire is still constrained within the boundaries of Eratosthenes’ Europe because Europe hasn’t yet collided with Baltica.

avalonia-roman-empire

Touch down: Welcome to Avalon.

the-last-sleep-of-arthur-in-avalon

Avalon is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend.

It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1136 pseudo-historical account Historia Regum Britanniae (“The History of the Kings of Britain”) as the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann.

Geoffrey’s description of the island indicates a sea voyage was needed to get there

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon

avalonia-today

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248548658_Palaeozoic_history_of_the_Armorican_Massif_Models_for_the_tectonic_evolution_of_the_suture_zones

Thank you for flying Malagabay Airlines.

Inflight Menu.

For starters enjoy an Atlantian Fusion dish of fresh Egyptian Hieroglyphs [delivered by sea] prepared according to the traditional American Micmac recipe.

micmac-and-africa

The Mi’kmaq or Mi’gmaq (also Micmac, L’nu, Mi’kmaw or Mi’gmaw) are a First Nations people indigenous to Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. They call their national territory Mi’kma’ki (or Mi’gma’gi).

The nation has a population of about 40,000 (plus about 25,000 in the Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland), of whom nearly 11,000 speak Mi’kmaq, an Eastern Algonquian language.

Once written in Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic writing, it is now written using most letters of the Latin alphabet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi’kmaq

The main course is another Atlantian Fusion masterpiece [prepared according to an age old secret recipe] that melds the finest ingredients from Avalon and Atlantis.

atlantis

pillars-of-hercules

Atlantis is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the (western) known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state.

At the end of the story, Atlantis eventually falls out of favor with the gods and submerges into the Atlantic Ocean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis

And finally, for dessert, savour the sweetness of the world famous last-outpost of Atlantain Architecture [in America] that is the mysterious melange known as the Newport Tower.

newport-tower

The Newport Tower is a round stone tower located in Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island (USA)…

Norse
In 1837, Danish archaeologist Carl Christian Rafn proposed a Viking origin for the tower in his book Antiquitates Americanæ, partly based on his research of the inscriptions on the Dighton Rock near the mouth of the Taunton River.

Observatory hypothesis
Four of the eight supporting pillars of the tower face the main points of the compass.
In the 1990s, William Penhallow, a Professor of Physics and astronomer at the University of Rhode Island, studied the windows in the tower and said that he found a number of astronomical alignments.

Chinese
Author Gavin Menzies argues in 1421: The Year China Discovered America that the tower was built by a colony of Chinese sailors and concubines from the junks of Zheng He’s voyages either as a lighthouse or as an observatory to determine the longitude of the colony, based on Penhallow’s findings.

Portuguese
During the early 20th century, Edmund B. Delabarre associated the Dighton Rock with the lost Portuguese navigators Miguel Corte-Real and his brother Gaspar. This Portuguese hypothesis has been supported more recently by Manuel Luciano DaSilva, who suggests that one of the Corte-Real brothers built the Newport Tower as a watchtower. The idea of Portuguese construction of the tower was also supported by former U.S. Ambassador Herbert Pell, who in 1948 argued that the tower resembles elements of the Convent of Tomar in Portugal.

Medieval Templars
British writer Andrew Sinclair has put forth the hypothesis that the Newport Tower was built by medieval Scottish Templars led by Scottish earl Henry Sinclair as part of an alleged voyage to New England about a hundred years before Columbus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Tower_%28Rhode_Island%29

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4 Responses to Avalon

  1. Rotating a bit of crust as part of a thrust block seems possible if you place an icecap on top of it, and this assembly was located at a pole, or, the Earth’s rotation axis was temporarily changed to that the axis of spin was centred on north England. Rotation does not necessarily mean Birkeland currents. So in a violent unstable rotation reacting to an external force, rotating Scotland seems possible,( and may account for their national character as well).

  2. Gavin Menzies’ explanation in 1421 book – my overall impression of Zheng He’s voyages is that the Chinese were sailing the seas in order to re-establish their astronomical benchmarks since ‘something’ happened that screwed up their calendars etc. Their fleets were subsequently destroyed by the 16th century catastrophe or LIA, after which the Maunder Minimum occurred from which period we are moving out of. The West thus become dominant until the Chinese recover.

    Or there was a gross change in global topography that needed to be mapped so the Chinese could understand what was going on geographically.

  3. rishrac says:

    There is story in Vietnam similar to King Arthur. Also, I think that when the Thai city states were fighting with Burma, that they were using Portuguese mercenaries sometime in the 12th century.
    A little off topic, but they seem to have been there earlier than I thought.

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