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.
Right side passengers can enjoy the lush and lovely Ireland with its many blobs, blocks and bands.
Ask About Ireland – The Formation of the Physical Landscape
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are now over the Avalon Peninsula and will soon begin our descent.
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.
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.
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.
As we drop through the Paleo-Oh-Sphere please familiarise yourself with Baltica and Laurentia landmarks that [coincidentally] consist of blobs, blocks and bands.
Baltica was a late-Proterozoic, early-Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia
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.
The Hebridean Terrane is one of the terranes that form part of the Caledonian orogenic belt in northwest Scotland.
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.
Our destination has finally emerged out of the mists of time.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Touch down: Welcome to 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…
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For starters enjoy an Atlantian Fusion dish of fresh Egyptian Hieroglyphs [delivered by sea] prepared according to the traditional American Micmac recipe.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Newport Tower is a round stone tower located in Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island (USA)…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.