I got a little obsessed this week with trying to find out about the wall. It occurred to me that the wall is huge for the number of people it probably protects. Though we don't actually know the number of people at Terra Nova either.
I took one of the flyover pictures and a basic estimate of the size of the gate to try to work out a circumference for the wall, and from there find out an area inside the wall to get a good estimate of how much farmland they had inside the wall, which in turn would give me a rough idea of how many people lived in Terra Nova.
It didn't work. The main problem was that the fly-over pics were at an unknown angle and my Trigonometry classes were too long ago. I was able to make a rough guess though and that led to me making a spread sheet showing possible sizes for the wall. According to my calculations, in order to have just 40 acres inside the wall, they'd need a radius of 745 feet. Which would give them a circumference of 4,681 ft. without any gates or such. Then I looked at the walls. All the walls shown for any length of time have 13 or 14 logs and are about 10 feet wide and 20 feet tall (guessing). Which means that to make the wall, they'd need almost 6,100; 10 ft. long logs. Not including extras for gates, guard houses, those spikes sticking out of the top of the wall, spares for damaged logs, etc.
That's a lot of logs. Especially when it's only guarding 40 acres worth of land. And 40 acres isn't going to feed everyone, not to mention that there's a big ring of land near the gate that's for housing and such instead of farming. Even though it's clear there's some hunting and gathering going on, I find it hard to believe that they're feeding everyone fresh food.
Quite frankly, it doesn't seem possible to do all that, build at least 19 communication relays, at least 3 outposts, and a whole lot of roads all the while hunting, fishing and farming for your own food.
Just doesn't make any sense to me. Any one else have a problem with that part?
Oxnate 02:47, December 8, 2011 (UTC)