Friday, September 18, 2015
Long time, no write. Since I last posted here, I got a new job, bought a house, had another kid and... really haven't thought about Lost for quite some time. I may blog again in the future - probably a smorgasbord-type thingy that covers a lot of stuff - science, baseball, board/card games a bit of pop culture. If that comes to pass, I'll post it here.
But for anyone who happens to come across this blog, I want to tell you that segments from it have been incorporated into a very cool digital compendium on Lost. Best of the web on the show, sort of one stop shopping for anyone who wants to delve into the island and debate the mysteries.
Official press release is as follows:
New York, NY September 18, 2015 - The Take2 Guide to Lost, available now at all the major eBook sellers, is a definitive resource of over 400 articles from an incredible community of Lost-lovers. More than 50 contributors, comprising established reviewers, academics, award-winning sci-fi authors, and lay writers, ask and answer all your questions in this ultimate eBook compendium on one of the most successful TV shows ever.
It is from those contributors' insights that the exact location of the Island can be found.
As we all know, Oceanic flight 815 took off from Sydney, Australia, destined for Los Angeles ... and never arrived.
According to the airliner's pilot, just before dying at the hands of the Smoke Monster in the pilot episode, "six hours in, our radio went out, no one could see us. We turned back to land in Fiji and by the time we hit the turbulence we were a thousand miles off course."
According to author, blogger, and contributor to the book Kevin Kawa, "this would mean that after six hours of flight they would have traveled past Fiji putting them somewhere above the equator. In circling back to Fiji they probably would have been heading north when the turbulence hit and they lost control. This would put them in the general vicinity of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. This is exactly where you would find the coordinates 4°08'15.0" N, 162°03'42.0" E".
Although we're all very clear that the Island moved through time and space across the millennia, it is still pretty certain that it would have remained around this location at the time the DHARMA Initiative arrived, as well as when the French expedition with Danielle Rousseau arrived (and also heard the 'Numbers' transmission).
Contributor Julie Kushner, of TV Recappers Anonymous, agrees with Kawa. "If you use the 'Numbers' as geographical coordinates, you actually come to a position in the Pacific Ocean, near the Marshall Islands, and not far from Papua New Guinea, which would seem to be the likely location of the Island during the DHARMA era," she said.
Another contributor to the Take2 Guide to Lost, professor of physics and astronomy Dr Kristine Larsen, points to a further anomaly related to that region. The coordinates are within the area of the Greater Ontong Java Plateau (OJP), a massive oceanic plateau which was formed approximately 120 million years ago. It is still unclear whether the OJP was formed by a 'bolide' impact (meteorite) ... or by an enormous volcanic eruption, but either way it was certainly a massive event. The movement and ultimate collision of the OJP with the Solomon Islands, geologically known as plate tectonics, was instrumental at lifting parts of the OJP above sea level resulting in the formation of some of the islands in the neighborhood. It should also be noted that the study of magnetic fields within the rocks of the Plateau, paleomagnetism, is primarily used to understand how the Plateau was originally formed.
Between magnetic fields, meteorite strikes and plate tectonics, the 'Numbers' certainly provide an intriguing location for Lost's Island.
The Take2 Guide to Lost is now available from all leading eBook sellers: Amazon, iBook Store, Google Books, Kobo, Nook, and Take2's dedicated eBook store.
A sample download of over 400 pages is now available. It contains the full first chapter, a sample of the Cast and Character Guide, the Introduction, the Index for all the other chapters ... and the complete Season 1 of the Episode Guide.
Anyhow, you can purchase a copy here:
Clicking that link will give you 20% off.
Hope everyone is enjoying their Lost-less life. But, if not, perhaps this will allow you to revisit the Island a bit. Namaste, all.