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My disclaimer is that geology is only a hobby for me, though an interesting one, so if anyone more qualified can throw something in I’d love that. A headcanon that I liked was Antiva having black sand beaches, but I wonder if that kind of basaltic soil is geologically possible. We’re told in…
I wanted to reply to this but I had way too much to say! I’m an undergraduate geology student, and from what I can tell most of what you said is fairly solid. There’s just a few things that I’d like to add! :)
Volcanic soil is rich in nitrogen, which trees seem to love. Like you said, the location of Arlathan Forest beside the White Spire makes sense for a volcano that has been active in the past in order to produce fertile soil - but the fact remains that if the volcano had been recently active, the forest would likely be much smaller. I think it is safe to assume that if the founding of Arlathan postdates the origin of the forest and the origin of the fertile soil predates the origin of the forest, the White Spire has not been active in at least 9000 years if not longer (the elven calendar places the founding of Arlathan 8 400 years before Dragon Age). The Dragon Age Wiki actually refers to it as a mountain, not as a volcano, but this could still mean that it was a volcano at some point in the geologic history of Thedas.
My confusion about the overall volcanic activity in Antiva lies in the lack of other distinctly individual peaks which could be indicators of upwelling magma. You also mentioned a possible lateral eruption which may have caused extensive pyroclastic flows, which is definitely possible, but that depends on the type of volcano that the White Spire is/was. Increased silica and dissolved gas content in magma increases magma viscosity and therefore explosiveness. Volcanoes formed of different lava types have different shapes, elevations, and diameters. I don’t know what the scale of the map of Thedas is, but if we could figure out what the diameter of the White Spire is, we might be able to figure out if it’s a basaltic shield volcano (like the Hawaiian islands, which are very wide and flat) or some type of andesitic or felsic volcano (which would be taller and much smaller laterally).
On that note, there’s a volcanic solution for the Drylands: flood basalts. They’re generally considered to be a product of continental rifting and decompression melting. They can create low viscosity basaltic lava plateaus that can vary in thickness from 2000 to 12,000 m and span hundreds of thousands of square kilometers (there are some fantastic examples of these in Iceland). Could a brand new continental rift be forming in this area? If there was some type of linear regional uplift, you could definitely make a case for it.
My personal suspicion about the climate of the Drylands is actually completely unrelated to the White Spire or any type of volcanic activity. The formation of The Hundred Pillars may have created a foreland basin (a low area that forms adjacent to a mountain belt as a result of 1. crust thickening from the mountain building process and therefore 2. bending of the adjacent rock layers).
Because the Drylands are adjacent to these mountains, my feeling is that the Drylands could be formed as a result of the mountains blocking precipitation to the desert (this is called a rain shadow). This would only be the case if the Drylands are, in fact, on the lee side of the mountains (if the prevailing winds are oriented east).
I hope this helps! Once again, geology is extremely imprecise and without actual drill core or geologic data (har har, I wish) it’s really hard to make any sort of guess. Geology tends to leave one with more questions than actual answers… but that’s why I love it!
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I really like the ideas you put out about the drylands! I hadn’t thought about that. Could both be true and a plain of flood basalts then be affected by the meteorological patterns of a foreland basin?
It is definitely hard to work with just maps that have a number of weird anomalies on them and no kind of topographic detail or soil data at all, but now I am all excited again. Aaaaaah I’m actually really excited by all of these ideas. So it’s feasible the white spire could have been active at some point in Thedas’s history but has been dormant for a very long time. Now I’m dying to know about whether it’s andesetic in nature or even to scale on the map, or if there ARE other peaks that just are not labeled (labeling only one is such a strange thing to do on a map which is why I ended up so fascinated by it to begin with). I do get the sense that from being given a name as lofty as “spire” it’s my instinct to go with felsic or andesetic and likely taller, but that’s even more imprecise as it’s just the feeling that a name conveys, which is obviously not much to go on.
I wonder too if it’s possible there may be other peaks underwater in that area, because the Spire is close to the coast. There are not really any islands off the northern coast of the Arlathan area though, of course.
I would love to dork out with you more about Thedas geology, especially because you know what you’re talking about in areas I haven’t been able to study! IM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW!
This is 100% what everyone does in their room when they are alone, and this girl filmed it. Bravo.
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Oh no, the worst video to watch while waiting for eyeliner to dry.
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I always find that the best way to dress is somewhere between 'Last of the Time Lords' & 'Wizard trying to be a muggle'
Whatever you call it, it is working.
In an interview with Out Magazine, a publication which focuses on gay interests, Radcliffe was asked about reception to his newest film Kill Your Darlings in which the actor plays a gay character.
“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.”