History Main / LostWorld

20th Feb '18 1:54:47 PM Aquillion
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[[TechnologyMarchesOn No longer popular (or even credible) with the arrival of satellite mapping and GPS]]. Most modern fictions that use this trope are set in the pre-satellite past or there's some sort of explanation as to why it hasn't been seen (either AWizardDidIt or there's a kind of EMP over the island). The Lost World has now been adapted to serve in even more mysterious places, such as outer space or deep underground. You are now much more likely to see a civilization thought long dead on an episode of Star Trek than on your modern action show.

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[[TechnologyMarchesOn No longer popular (or even credible) with the arrival of satellite mapping and GPS]]. Most modern fictions that use this trope are set in the pre-satellite past or there's some sort of explanation as to why it hasn't been seen (either AWizardDidIt or there's a kind of EMP over the island). The Lost World has now been adapted to serve in even more mysterious places, such as outer space or deep underground.BeneathTheEarth. You are now much more likely to see a civilization thought long dead on an episode of Star Trek than on your modern action show.
11th Feb '18 6:05:44 PM HeroGal2347
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* Subverted a bit in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' where the heroes find a Lost World region full of dinosaurs. However, not only do they escape it, but they have its location definitely recorded and make it an one of a kind of wildlife tourist attraction.

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* Subverted a bit in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' where the heroes find a Lost World region full of dinosaurs. However, not only do they escape it, but they have its location definitely recorded and make it an one of a kind of wildlife tourist attraction.
25th Jan '18 2:56:23 PM Thorion
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTarzan'' had Tarzan and his friends entering Pellucidar, the Lost World from Edgar Rice Burroughs's novels.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTarzan'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' had Tarzan and his friends entering Pellucidar, the Lost World from Edgar Rice Burroughs's novels.
25th Jan '18 2:36:26 PM FGHIK
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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]] -- aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.

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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]] -- aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans [[PrehistoricMonster suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.
6th Jan '18 2:45:57 PM ElSquibbonator
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTarzan'' had Tarzan and his friends entering Pellucidar, the Lost World from Edgar Rice Burroughs's novels.



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Lost [[InsistentTerminology Places]] discovered in modern days:
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movile_Cave Movile cave, Dobruja, Romania]]. Discovered in 1986, still only partially explored.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foja_Mountains Foja Mountains, Indonesian half of New Guinea island]]. First explored in 1979, first comprehensive research undertaken in 2005.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bosavi Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea]]. First explored in 2009.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sentinel_Island North Sentinel Island]]. Though known of since the 18th century by other inhabitants of the Andaman Islands and by other since the 19th century, very little is actually known about the island and its inhabitants, the Sentinelese people, who to this day remain one of the most isolated uncontacted peoples in the world. The Sentinelese are extremely hostile to outsiders, such that the Indian government (which has ''de jure'' control of the island, though in practice they are autonomous) arrests anyone who goes anywhere near the island for their own safety. Anthropologists have never been able to travel to the island to study the Sentinelese and their culture, and probably won't anytime soon.

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Lost [[InsistentTerminology Places]] discovered in modern days:
* ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movile_Cave Movile cave, Dobruja, Romania]]. Discovered in 1986, still only partially explored.
* ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foja_Mountains Foja Mountains, Indonesian half of New Guinea island]]. First explored in 1979, first comprehensive research undertaken in 2005.
* ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Bosavi Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea]]. First explored in 2009.
* ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sentinel_Island North Sentinel Island]]. Though known of since the 18th century by other inhabitants of the Andaman Islands and by other since the 19th century, very little is actually known about the island and its inhabitants, the Sentinelese people, who to this day remain one of the most isolated uncontacted peoples in the world. The Sentinelese are extremely hostile to outsiders, such that the Indian government (which has ''de jure'' control of the island, though in practice they are autonomous) arrests anyone who goes anywhere near the island for their own safety. Anthropologists have never been able to travel to the island to study the Sentinelese and their culture, and probably won't anytime soon.
* From a biogeographical viewpoint, the entire country of New Zealand probably comes closer to this trope than anywhere else. Up until about 600 years ago, it was the last major landmass on Earth still dominated by dinosaurs (albeit of the feathered variety): its largest herbivore was the 10-foot-tall flightless moa, while its top predator was the giant Haast's eagle. New Zealand is also home to the Tuatara, a real-life relic from the Mesozoic.
13th Dec '17 11:44:44 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1912}}'' was also adapted as an A&E miniseries, in association with the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' guys, starring Bob Hoskins, James Fox, and Peter Falk.

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* ''Literature/{{The ''Series/{{The Lost World|1912}}'' World|2001}}'' was also adapted as an A&E miniseries, in association with the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' guys, starring Bob Hoskins, James Fox, and Peter Falk.
23rd Sep '17 9:03:06 AM nombretomado
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* {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats]], [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs]], [[KillerGorilla giant apes]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters]].

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* {{Atari}}'s Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball takes place in one of these, complete with [[PantheraAwesome feral cats]], [[StockDinosaurs bloodthirsty dinosaurs]], [[KillerGorilla giant apes]] and [[{{Kaiju}} even bigger monsters]].
14th Sep '17 3:57:42 PM Theriocephalus
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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]]—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.

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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged]]—aside unchanged]] -- aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.



** ''The Lost Continent'' (originally known as ''Beyond Thirty'') - the titular continent is Europe, in an AlternateHistory in which UsefulNotes/WorldWarI never ended because eventually no organized government was left to make peace. The United States never entered the war, and in fact made laws forbidding any ship to cross certain lines of longitude (hence the original title).

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** ''The Lost Continent'' (originally known as ''Beyond Thirty'') - -- the titular continent is Europe, in an AlternateHistory in which UsefulNotes/WorldWarI never ended because eventually no organized government was left to make peace. The United States never entered the war, and in fact made laws forbidding any ship to cross certain lines of longitude (hence the original title).



* ''The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'' by F. Scott Fitzgerald is all about an isolated pocket of fantastic wealth hidden in Montana. It's been successfully hidden by its wealthy, urbane, and autocratic owners for generations - but by the time of the story airplane overflight becomes a problem ...

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* ''The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'' by F. Scott Fitzgerald is all about an isolated pocket of fantastic wealth hidden in Montana. It's been successfully hidden by its wealthy, urbane, and autocratic owners for generations - -- but by the time of the story airplane overflight becomes a problem ...problem...



* Gaia's Navel in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is at the center of an inaccessable island (you have to be flown there). It's basically 65,000,000 B.C. from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' in the modern day - it even has a younger {{Expy}} of Ayla, Leah, who joins your party [[spoiler: and is implied to be her mother]].

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* Gaia's Navel in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is at the center of an inaccessable island (you have to be flown there). It's basically 65,000,000 B.C. from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' in the modern day - -- it even has a younger {{Expy}} of Ayla, Leah, who joins your party [[spoiler: and is implied to be her mother]].
12th Sep '17 7:21:11 PM Luppercus
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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.

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They are usually found in remote locations, such as the center of large and barely explored continents (usually DarkestAfrica), the polar ice caps, or mysterious islands. They are often home to [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis lost civilizations]] with amazing LostTechnology, or to [[LivingDinosaurs prehistoric animals that have managed to survive unchanged—aside unchanged]]—aside from the fact that they [[KillAllHumans suddenly find humans delicious]]. Some Lost Worlds are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost ludicrously dangerous]] and populated by fearsome monsters, and still others are {{Magical Land}}s where AllMythsAreTrue. Prone to being destroyed by [[ApocalypseHow volcanic eruptions, floods, quakes, and/or bombs]] [[CataclysmClimax at the end of the book/film/series]], with the protagonists barely escaping.
5th Aug '17 8:39:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The {{Ghostapo}} (Nazi occultists) believed, among other things, that the Earth was a hollow sphere with a second sun in the center. Another civilization thrived in the inner Earth which could be accessed through a giant hole in the polar cap. Predates the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] though; an old alchemical aphorism states: ''Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultem lapidem''. (Visit the interior of the Earth to find the PhilosophersStone.) This goes back at least to the period of TheChymicalWeddingOfChristianRosenkreuz.
** Actually, the Hollow Earth theory wasn't just held as true by the Ghostapo, it was a ''very'' popular theory when it was introduced. It explained the subtle magnetic changes that the Earth experienced, and why Magnetic North sometimes changes. Combined with the fact that few people had ever been to either of the poles...

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* The {{Ghostapo}} (Nazi occultists) believed, among other things, that Although currently discredited, the HollowWorld theory was once quite popular. From the era of UsefulNotes/{{alchemy}} up until UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many people (including, famously, [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazi occultists]]) believed Earth was a hollow sphere with a second sun in the center. Another civilization thrived in LostWorld on the inner Earth which could be accessed surface. The inner world was supposedly heated by an inner sun and accessible through a giant hole holes in the polar cap. Predates the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] though; an old alchemical aphorism states: ''Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultem lapidem''. (Visit the interior of the Earth to find the PhilosophersStone.) ice caps. This goes back at least to the period of TheChymicalWeddingOfChristianRosenkreuz.
** Actually, the Hollow Earth
theory wasn't just held as true by the Ghostapo, it was a ''very'' popular theory when it was introduced. It explained the Earth's subtle magnetic changes that changes, and the Earth experienced, and why Magnetic North sometimes changes. Combined with notion of holes in the fact that polar ice caps was more plausible back when few people had ever been to either of visited the poles...poles.
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