Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Wearing Down of Kong's Realm

As if Skull Island's tectonic chaos wasn't causing enough destruction to the land, numerous forms of weathering and erosion had been slowly degrading the island over the past thousands of years. The effects of weathering are obvious throughout the island's landscape. The rocks lining the coast and located in the interior of the island have suffered repeatedly from tectonic movement. This cracking of the rocks has formed many joints allowing weathering to take affect via water and plant organisms.

An image highlighting the joints formed at the island's coast
Due to its tropical climate the island receives a heavy amount of rainfall that has enabled water based erosion and weathering to occur to a great extent. Rain splash erosion is common near the coastal area as the bare rocks are impacted by rainfall and ocean water driving apart mineral particles and causing breakages as seen in the background of the image below.

Jack Driscoll cries out  "LOOK AT ALL THIS WEATHERING!"
Water erosion has also been key in the formation of the Skull Island's many river valleys, floodplains, and deltas. As with any location freshwater is the lifeblood of the island and its numerous organisms.The abundance in moisture has also facilitated a massive amount of plant growth island-wide. With no significant human populace vegetation has been allowed to run rampant causing rock breakages from root pressure and expansion into rock formations on the island. The link below shows when the original crew who first found Skull Island were caught in a Brontosaurus stampede, but when a viewer examines the valley they are in the significant amount of plant growth affecting the surrounding rocks is evident. 

Skull Island could possibly be classified as a transport limited landscape based on the exorbitant amount of plant life, but the apparent effects of both weathering and erosion is overwhelming.

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