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Now you can visit Avatar's Hallelujah Mountains, in China

Jan. 29, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Alright, so it's a slow news week with the biggest stories of the last five days being a psychic website and a theory that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing, so excuse my reaching here, but I though this was interesting enough.

AVATAR is the number one grossing film in China by a mile now, and they love it so damn much, they’ve decided to name a mountain in its honor (pictured).

Tourism chiefs in central China have moved to cash in on the smash-hit popularity of James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar by renaming a peak the "Hallelujah Mountain" after the floating rocks in the film.

A 1,074-metre tall (3,523ft) column of rock in the Wulingyuan Scenic Zone in Hunan Province previously known as the Southern Sky Column was re-christened in a special ceremony this week involving hundreds of local people dressed in the region's ethnic Tujia costumes.

The park, a World Natural Heritage site, formed part of the inspiration for the floating mountains in the film, which this week officially become China's most popular film, grossing more than $100m at the box office.

"Formed part of the inspiration for the floating mountains in the film?" I’m assuming it inspired the “mountains” part rather than the “floating” part, but if not, I’m buying the next ticket to China to see these things in person and catch myself a Banshee. Hey, I can’t see where that mountain ends in that picture…

Extra Tidbit: So who can explain away why exactly these things floated in the movie? That sort of irked me.
Source: WSJ

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3:25AM on 02/01/2010

Floating mountains ok... but waterfalls?

According to [link] wiki site (yes there is such a thing), "On Pandora, huge outcroppings of Unobtainium rip loose from the surface and float in the magnetic vortices due to the Meissner Effect." just google Hallelujah Mountains and read all about it.
According to [link] wiki site (yes there is such a thing), "On Pandora, huge outcroppings of Unobtainium rip loose from the surface and float in the magnetic vortices due to the Meissner Effect." just google Hallelujah Mountains and read all about it.
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12:25PM on 01/30/2010

pardon us....

...literature folk who can't understand science without the metaphors. i had no idea why they were floating; but now that i know, i think that's fucking awesome.

well done, chaps. i've been educated.
...literature folk who can't understand science without the metaphors. i had no idea why they were floating; but now that i know, i think that's fucking awesome.

well done, chaps. i've been educated.
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2:17AM on 01/30/2010

Glad People Got It

I am glad to see a few people who understood why the mountains were floating. It made perfect sense to me the first time I saw it, and was always a little baffled by those who said it didn't make sense.
I am glad to see a few people who understood why the mountains were floating. It made perfect sense to me the first time I saw it, and was always a little baffled by those who said it didn't make sense.
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5:32PM on 01/29/2010

Kilar is close

The unobtanium is superconducting at regular temps, and the gas giant that pandora orbits (Polyphemus) has a huge magnetic field, so over time it caused pieces of the mountains to break off and float. Its also why some of those rock formations are a bunch of big loops sticking out of the ground... they formed along magnetic field lines. Nerd alert!
The unobtanium is superconducting at regular temps, and the gas giant that pandora orbits (Polyphemus) has a huge magnetic field, so over time it caused pieces of the mountains to break off and float. Its also why some of those rock formations are a bunch of big loops sticking out of the ground... they formed along magnetic field lines. Nerd alert!
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4:18PM on 01/29/2010

answer is in the scriptment

I'm trying to remember exactly, but this may be slightly wrong. But Pandora is a moon, gravitationally influenced by the huge gas giant planet nearby, this pulls on the metallic unobtainium deposits trapped int he rocks. The natural floating nature of the unobtainium and the gravitational pull on the rocks that hold it cause then to break off float. Over time the vegitation grows over/down and acts like a net clutching smaller rocks together.
It makes sense when explined, not sure if I've
I'm trying to remember exactly, but this may be slightly wrong. But Pandora is a moon, gravitationally influenced by the huge gas giant planet nearby, this pulls on the metallic unobtainium deposits trapped int he rocks. The natural floating nature of the unobtainium and the gravitational pull on the rocks that hold it cause then to break off float. Over time the vegitation grows over/down and acts like a net clutching smaller rocks together.
It makes sense when explined, not sure if I've done the best job here though, but it makes sense in the scriptment.
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3:44PM on 01/29/2010

Because . . .

Because they looked cool. What else do you need to know? It's right up there with "Because Dad said so."
Because they looked cool. What else do you need to know? It's right up there with "Because Dad said so."
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3:37PM on 01/29/2010

Gas Planet?

Pandora was a moon. The planet it orbited was gas. The planet it orbited could also be a reason for the floating mountains, as it would a gigantic gravitational pull, being the size that it is. Mountains being larger objects, would be more effected by a gravitational pull than smaller objects.

It's science people!!
Pandora was a moon. The planet it orbited was gas. The planet it orbited could also be a reason for the floating mountains, as it would a gigantic gravitational pull, being the size that it is. Mountains being larger objects, would be more effected by a gravitational pull than smaller objects.

It's science people!!
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3:33PM on 01/29/2010

to answer the floating island question

The movie mentioned Pandora as having lower gravity then earth standard. If thats the case and there is a section of the planets thats density differs from the rest it could cause that section to float. In theory.
The movie mentioned Pandora as having lower gravity then earth standard. If thats the case and there is a section of the planets thats density differs from the rest it could cause that section to float. In theory.
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2:56PM on 01/29/2010

Like all good things, taken too far

oh my...
oh my...
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2:47PM on 01/29/2010
They floated because it looked cool...

Other than that, they mentioned "the flux" a few times in regard to the mountains, so I suppose it had something to do with the "unobtainium" being a superconductor or something....big magnetic mountains, I guess?
They floated because it looked cool...

Other than that, they mentioned "the flux" a few times in regard to the mountains, so I suppose it had something to do with the "unobtainium" being a superconductor or something....big magnetic mountains, I guess?
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2:11PM on 01/29/2010
I'm pretty positive it was because of the unobtanium.. and the fact that Pandora was a gas planet.. I don't think it was solid. Then again I could be entirely wrong and not really care.
I'm pretty positive it was because of the unobtanium.. and the fact that Pandora was a gas planet.. I don't think it was solid. Then again I could be entirely wrong and not really care.
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