|A view of the island's jagged coastline; evidence of its tumultuous formation|
Once part of a much larger landmass, ancient Pangaea, Skull Island sits squarely on the turbulent boundary of the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The plates continually converge with one another and the resultant stress causes violent fracturing of the Indo-Australian plate beneath the island. This in turn has lead to the formation of the majority of Skull Island's jagged coastline. In the past it is likely that significant volcanic activity ensued as a result of tectonic movement. Fissures and pressure spots created land and forced molten rock (magma) to the surface while, at the same time, great chunks of the island broke off and fell into the deep subduction trench that marked the plate's edge. As illustrated in the image below the island's convergent plate boundaries formed the central mountain peak where Kong would dwell.
|Diagram illustrating the process of Skull Island's violent formation|
|Image illustrating the dramatic extent to which the island has shrunk in the past thousand years|
- Images taken from The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island