April 8, 2014
Update: See this AGU Plainspoken Scientist blog post Mapping fantasy: The story behind the Game of Thrones geologic maps.
The fourth season of the TV series Game of Thrones recently starting airing. I haven’t watched the first episode of the new season yet, but I plan to once my husband is back from a business trip. A friend of mine just sent me a link to this geologic map for the lands of the Game of Thrones series, and I have to say it’s pretty neat! This map appears (with due credit) on the Stanford University Generation Anthropocene blog. The map is accompanied by detailed explanation of the geologic history of the Game of Thrones lands. I really enjoy when fiction and science overlap. This geologic map reminds me of this article from 2013 about possible scientific reasons why the Game of Thrones lands experience such strange seasons (long summers and long winters).
Happy Game of Thrones watching, everyone… well, those of you who are old enough and who also don’t mind the violence. At times I find myself somewhat squeamish watching Game of Thrones, but I enjoy the show, overall.