when I arrived at this conclusion, it was 4:00 am, and I was not
online at home at the time. So, I decided to work with the basic
general knowledge that I remembered from school. As far as I could
remember it was believed that the continents had once formed one
single land-mass called 'Pangea', which had broken apart millions
of years ago and continued to move apart at an imperceptibly slow
rate, or in 'geological time', propelled by the expansion of the
Atlantic seabeds along their deep underwater fault lines. At other
fault lines, the seabeds collided with coastlines and slipped back
under them, pushing up fold mountain ranges and creating volcanic
belts in the process.
I thought I had remembered my geography quite
well and, although I suspected it was a bit out of date, it was
enough to work with.
But I did not have maps of the seabeds or
faultlines available to me at 4:00 am, so I decided to work only
with the world political map that I had in a pocket atlas.
In keeping with my premise of mirroring the
Earth's continent movement to match the journey of my immortal characters,
my plan was that I would reconstruct the landmasses around the Pacific
instead of the Atlantic, and then, when I could next get online
or to a bookshop, I would compare my parallel Earth's 'Pangea' to
the postulated real one - and all in an attempt to make some kind
of sense of this sprawling, epic 'White Monkey' world that I had
created in the depths of my mind - depths from which my immortal
characters had somehow pointed me to the Ring Of Fire.