New Guinea


New Guinea has high mountains which will remain above water even during the worst of the sloshing that the Pacific can inflict, including the rush of water from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean during the compression of the Pacific basin. New Guinea rides on the Indio-Australian plate, which will tip strongly thrusting India under the Himalayas during the shift, and thus pushing the far portion of the plate up. Just as Australia and New Zealand can count on gaining sea level elevation due to this, New Guinea will to a lesser extent also rise above the ocean level by 250 feet. However, since all volcanoes will become highly active during the hour of the shift, there will be few spots where survivors can cling without worry. Plate thrusting during the shift will drive the plate New Guniea rides on over plates coming in from the Pacific, so as with New Zealand, volcanic activity will be lessened by having magma fresh just under the volcanoes. Nevertheless, any volcanoe giving evidence of having erupted during the past ten thousand years should be considered a candidate to be reactivated. After the shift, the climate will be temperate, not tropical, and survivors will find ocean fishing a good source of food in their ash covered land.

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