Cutting out and
pasting together the land-masses on paper, beginning with Australia
and Papua New Guinea, I found that they all fit surprisingly easily,
and I should re-iterate that in this exercise I did not know how
professional geologists had already done this and was aware of the
absence of information on sea-beds and continental shelves - so
I still regarded it as a flamboyant exercise in creating a backbone
for my 'Nun Chaha' - but I found the ease with which they fit curious.
However, my excitement rose as I found that
not only did they all fit nicely around India, into Madagascar and
Africa, but they also fit very nicely into the Indonesian Islands
and the coast of China.
They also fit up into Japan and Korea, in
fact closing the East Coast, onto the Pacific aswell as over the
Indian Ocean - a feat only possible
if you allowed the curvature of those land-masses to decrease, like
assembling the folded corners of a clip-box.
When I also took into account the already
well established joining of Africa and South America, a concept
that had never crossed my mind before dawned on me - I thought;
'My God! It all fits together perfectly if you simply let it get
A dangerous but thrilling idea entered my
head - maybe this is the significance of the ethnic gradation around
the Pacific Ocean that has become a driving force in my work up
to this point.
I will note here that the first question
that most people ask in relation to the possibility of expansion
( 'Where does all the extra material come from inside to cause expansion?'
) I became immediately aware of myself but I decided to leave this
question until later and not interrupt working with the surface
features as ideas were falling into place nicely and I didn't want
to break the flow, whether it was ultimately fantasy or not.