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Journey to the Center of the Earth

This virtual journey to the center of the Earth introduces the traveler to the structure, material properties and conditions within the Earth’s interior. The size and scale of the Earth and of the Earth’s internal structure are also emphasized because the journey utilizes a scale model of the depths within the Earth. 

Jules Verne’s book, A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), capitalized on this interest in the Earth and in adventure with an exciting science fiction story that is still popular today.  Verne introduces us to a dedicated, and somewhat eccentric professor, and his nephew through whom the story is told, who eventually travel into the Earth’s deep interior by entering into an opening in the crater of a volcano in Iceland. In the 1800’s there was considerable scientific and popular interest in what was in the interior of the Earth.  The details of the internal structure  had not yet been discovered, which is why we can forgive Jules Verne for placing plants and dinosaurs inside the earth!  And, although volcanic eruptions demonstrated that at least part of the interior of the Earth was hot enough to melt rocks, temperatures within the Earth and the existence of radioactivity were unknown.  

Lynée Beck,
Jul 7, 2010, 5:56 PM