Have you ever wondered what is inside the Earth? Do you believe all the scientific theories such as Plate Tectonics? This book, Journey to the Center of the Earth by the legendary author Jules Verne, will challenge your general knowledge and make you question what scientists believe fills our Earth. Verne completes a masterpiece with this book, which is a mix of scientific fact as well as remarkable adventure!
The story commences in Germany, where Professor Hardwigg discovers a coded message on a piece of parchment. He strives to solve the riddle and is unsuccessful until his helpful nephew Harry figures out the secret to the manuscript. The message tells of a glorious tale of a Mr. Saknussemm who claims to have been to the centre of the Earth! Professor Hardwigg is overjoyed by his discovery, and immediately decides to embark on this dangerous and seemingly impossible journey.
Harry is resistant but is somehow convinced to accompany his uncle on the trek. The two men travel by ship to Iceland where they meet up with a quiet, but worthy guide who will accompany them on their excursion. The company hikes to a tall mountain, in a deserted area of Iceland, which is supposedly an extinct volcano. They descend into the mountain, despite Harry’s cries about the expected temperature inside the volcano and, further more, the temperature in the center of the Earth.
... are on top of the lava flow hurtling towards the earth's surface. Harry awakes to find Hans supporting him on a mountainside. ... to twenty-one miles below the surface of the earth. Continuing to descend rapidly, Harry goes ahead of the others and soon finds ... aside the concerns of his nephew Harry about the temperature of the earth's interior, the professor makes Harry come with him on the ...
The three brave men scale the many-mile-deep crater and eventually come to solid ground. They rest and get ready to enter a crevasse which should, by Saknussemm’s instructions, lead them deeper into the Earth. One of the instructions was to enter the crevasse that is covered in the shade of the mountain on one of the last days of July. Unfortunately, the men must wait almost a week before they find which crevasse is the right one to enter. Finally they enter the crevasse, but not without suffering losses in their food count.
Inside the mountain they continue downwards, but often stumble upon slopes more horizontal that vertical. This leads Harry to wonder if they are actually descending towards the center of the Earth. With the ingenious tools that the professor had brought they can tell the temperature, barometric pressure, and other important statistics that would be useful to prove their success. The professor keeps a detailed ‘diary’ with an entry each day containing the depth at which they are at, and the temperature. To both Harry and the professor’s surprise, the temperature is increasing at a very slow pace. They cannot believe it, all the scientific theories are wrong! With each passing day the troop discovers that many of the believed theories are erroneous.
The travelers now come upon a new challenge. They are out of the precious liquid, water! Harry suffers from dehydration and intense fatigue. He collapses and does not wake for days. When he finally awakens, the professor has decided to cancel the excursion, unless they come across water within the next day. Harry agrees, knowing that they will not be able to find water in the solid granite walls of the Earth’s interior. But to Harry’s surprise, their witty guide hears the rushing and crashing of a raging waterway. The group is saved, and now has full canteens of water!
Throughout the next chapters of this science fiction book, Professor Hardwigg, his nephew Harry, and their faithful guide will face many dangerous challenges and confrontations. What will their outcome be, and will they ever make it to the center of the Earth? Read this amazingly interesting and informative piece of literature to find out!
In the article “Interpreting The Day the Earth Stood Still for Contemporary Film Audiences” written in 2008, the Author, Joshua Pardon, writes about the messages that were sent to the American film audience of 1951 through the film The Day the Earth Stood Still, based on a short story by Harry Bates written in 1940. These messages ranged from topics like the societal costs of atomic technology and ...