into unknown territory I decided to avail of my ignorance in the
face of such a large topic and I decided to simply glance at the
Earth as if I had never seen it before - I suppose to try to find
some kind of 'key' that may reveal itself to a fresh eye.
I looked simply for the coastlines that
were the most similar. I found that, in contrast to the obvious
coasts of Africa and South America, what jumped out to me was that
the West coastlines of North and South America appeared to be inverted
images of each other. I thought 'That's the key! - close North and
South America back onto itself and it pulls everything around in
behind it - effectively closing the Ring Of Fire'. That's the significance
of the Ring of Fire and Central America is the 'key'!'
It was 6:00 am at this stage and it was still
too early to find anywhere to go online or to call someone ( friends
that I knew had studied geology ). So, with a few hours to kill,
I sifted through my bookshelf.
I found a pocket dictionary of geography
that I had picked up somewhere along the way in my travels, probably
in Asia, as the world maps centered on the Pacific. In this book
there were basic maps of the fault lines and plates of the sea-beds
and the areas of volcanic activity.
I found that the positioning of extensional
and compressional fault lines in Central America supported my idea
of closing North and South America, the configuration of the three
plates of Central America acting like a hinge.