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27th Aug '16 3:57:07 PM Tightwire
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A DisasterMovie features an earthquake, volcano or some other ground-based phenomenon and does it in a relatively entertaining way. Then the FridgeLogic hits that Geology Does Not Work That Way!

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A DisasterMovie features an earthquake, volcano or some other ground-based phenomenon and does it in a relatively entertaining way. Then the FridgeLogic hits that Geology Does Not Work That Way!
Way. It doesn't always spoil the film - sometimes only an expert would know, or sometimes the viewer doesn't catch on until after the movie, but it sure can get on your nerves.



For earthquakes, fissures do not chase B actors or swallow entire cities whole without a trace. For volcanoes, outrunning the lava flow in RealLife is as easy as picking up your pace to a brisk walk, and you're more likely to be overcome by fumes than caught in it. Speaking of which, it's not the lava that kills you, it's the [[ConvectionSchmonvection tremendous and far reaching heat]] that would overwhelm you. It's molten rock, and if you're that close, you'll spontaneously combust from the heat before the lava catches you.

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For earthquakes, fissures do not chase B actors or swallow entire cities whole without a trace. For volcanoes, outrunning the lava flow in RealLife is as easy as picking up your pace to a brisk walk, and you're more likely to be overcome by fumes than caught in it.it - so maybe you should run. Speaking of which, it's not the lava that kills you, it's the [[ConvectionSchmonvection tremendous and far reaching heat]] that would overwhelm you. It's molten rock, and if you're that close, you'll spontaneously combust from the heat before the lava catches you.
25th Jun '16 9:46:47 PM jormis29
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** ''Skyrim'''s moonstone is in a similar situation to the malachite � it is fairly close in appearance to the real-life counterpart (a gemstone), but is noticeably more useful for making practical armor.

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** ''Skyrim'''s moonstone is in a similar situation to the malachite � malachite, it is fairly close in appearance to the real-life counterpart (a gemstone), but is noticeably more useful for making practical armor.



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The world is simultaneously based on our own (during a different geological era) and yet is flat with water constantly falling over the edges ([[{{Literature/Discworld}} no word on giant turtles]]). Landmasses are apparently afloat on the oceans, as evidenced by a tidal wave at the beginning of the game that causes Weyard's version of India to slam into Australia in minutes, resulting in... very little damage, actually.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The world is simultaneously based on our own (during a different geological era) and yet [[FlatWorld is flat flat]] with [[WaterfallIntoTheAbyss water constantly falling over the edges edges]] ([[{{Literature/Discworld}} no word on giant turtles]]). Landmasses are apparently afloat on the oceans, as evidenced by a tidal wave at the beginning of the game that causes Weyard's version of India to slam into Australia in minutes, resulting in... very little damage, actually.
25th Jun '16 12:16:01 PM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The world is simultaneously based on our own (during a different geological era) and yet is flat with water constantly falling over the edges ([[{{Literature/Discworld}} no word on giant turtles]]). Landmasses are apparently afloat on the oceans, as evidenced by a tidal wave at the beginning of the game that causes Weyard's version of India to slam into Australia in minutes, resulting in... very little damage, actually.
14th Jun '16 9:25:59 PM Doug86
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* Many old MarvelComics stories had characters visiting Subterrania, a land located at "the center of the Earth." The place was later {{Ret Con}}ned as being a cave system not far from the surface.

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* Many old MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics stories had characters visiting Subterrania, a land located at "the center of the Earth." The place was later {{Ret Con}}ned as being a cave system not far from the surface.
13th Jun '16 1:21:15 PM margdean56
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Artistic License Geology is the catch-all term for where a work shows geological phenomenon, but does so inaccurately.

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Artistic License Geology is the catch-all term for where a work shows a geological phenomenon, but does so inaccurately.
6th Jun '16 2:35:48 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''Skyrim'''s moonstone is in a similar situation to the malachite it is fairly close in appearance to the real-life counterpart (a gemstone), but is noticeably more useful for making practical armor.

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** ''Skyrim'''s moonstone is in a similar situation to the malachite it is fairly close in appearance to the real-life counterpart (a gemstone), but is noticeably more useful for making practical armor.



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6th Jun '16 5:08:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' (and its many movie remakes and retellings) is a prime example of this. Verne was more concerned with following the RuleOfCool in this book than the current scientific understanding of the interior of the Earth. His narrator in this story, Axel, is a geology student, and is continually [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] how utterly impossible what they are doing should be, with his explanations being consistent with 19th century geologic theories, and they still stand up pretty well.

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* Creator/JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' (and its many movie remakes and retellings) is a prime example of this. Verne was more concerned with following the RuleOfCool in this book than the current scientific understanding of the interior of the Earth. His narrator in this story, Axel, is a geology student, and is continually [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] how utterly impossible what they are doing should be, with his explanations being consistent with 19th century geologic theories, and they still stand up pretty well.



* Very common in CthulhuMythos stories. While some elements such as [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10464231/Volcano-raises-new-island-far-south-of-Japan.html islands rising from the sea floor]] might be justified under RuleOfCool, ScienceMarchesOn, and/or [[AWizardDidIt An]] EldritchAbomination [[AWizardDidIt Did It]].

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* Very common in CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos stories. While some elements such as [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10464231/Volcano-raises-new-island-far-south-of-Japan.html islands rising from the sea floor]] might be justified under RuleOfCool, ScienceMarchesOn, and/or [[AWizardDidIt An]] EldritchAbomination [[AWizardDidIt Did It]].
26th May '16 2:24:15 AM hagagaga
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This is the supertrope of CaliforniaCollapse. Compare ArtisticLicenseBiology, ArtisticLicensePhysics. Contrast ShownTheirWork. See also AllNaturalGemPolish.

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This is the supertrope of CaliforniaCollapse. Compare ArtisticLicenseBiology, ArtisticLicenseBiology (with which it shares the subtripe ArtisticLicensePaleontology), ArtisticLicensePhysics. Contrast ShownTheirWork. See also AllNaturalGemPolish.
30th Apr '16 8:35:49 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'' is very guilty of this for the magnitude. The quake in the film hits a 9.9 on the Richter scale, and is judged entirely by the massive damage the quake leaves behind in Los Angeles (something that should actually be left to the Mercalli intensity scale). In real life, not only has a 9.9 earthquake never happened in recorded history (the strongest earthquake ever was 9.4-9.6 in Chile, in May 1960), but it's scientifically impossible for one to strike since rock lacks the capability to build up that much pressure before it gives to the quake. Scientific consensus on the San Andreas Fault (the source for most of L.A.'s quakes) finds that the fault is [[http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/megaqk_facts_fantasy.php very limited in trying to cause a mega-thrust quake]] (quakes at or greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale).

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* ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'' is very guilty of this for the magnitude. The quake in the film hits a 9.9 on the Richter scale, and is judged entirely by the massive damage the quake leaves behind in Los Angeles (something that should actually be left to the Mercalli intensity scale). In real life, not only has a 9.9 earthquake never happened in recorded history (the strongest earthquake ever was 9.4-9.6 in Chile, in May 1960), but it's scientifically impossible for one to strike since rock lacks the capability to build up that much pressure before it gives to the quake. Scientific consensus on the San Andreas Fault (the source for most of L.A.'s quakes) finds that the fault is [[http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/megaqk_facts_fantasy.php very limited in trying to cause a mega-thrust quake]] (quakes at or greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale).
30th Apr '16 8:35:20 PM Mario1995
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* ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'' is very guilty of this for the magnitude. The quake in the film hits a 9.9 on the Richter scale, and is judged entirely by the massive damage the quake leaves behind in Los Angeles (something that should actually be left to the Mercalli intensity scale). In real life, not only has a 9.9 earthquake never happened in recorded history (the strongest earthquake ever was 9.4-9.6 in Chile, in May 1960), but it's scientifically impossible for one to strike since rock lacks the capability to build up that much pressure before it gives to the quake. Scientific consensus on the San Andreas Fault (the source for most of L.A.'s quakes) finds that the fault is [[http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/megaqk_facts_fantasy.php very limited in trying to cause a mega-thrust quake]] (quakes at or greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale).
-->''The magnitude of an earthquake is related to the area of the fault on which it occurs - the larger the fault area, the larger the earthquake. The San Andreas Fault is 800 miles long and only about 10-12 miles deep, so that earthquakes larger than magnitude 8.3 are extremely unlikely.''
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