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74th arena
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maidenjedi From: maidenjedi Date: August 26th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The river and lake bother me. It appears most likely to me that the river (or possibly the stream, that's really not clear to me in the novel) would feed into the lake or that it flows from the lake in some way. It's totally possible that the lake is a dammed creation and the stream/river is the output or the source, even though we have no physical description of such a thing. It could also be that what Katniss calls a lake is more of a large pond, or that IT is the unnatural water source in the arena where the stream/river is natural.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I think that the latter is likely. The lake's proximity to the Cornucopia makes me think that the Gamemakers would use it as the "center" and rely on Tributes not knowing how to seek or use other kinds of water sources (drawing them all eventually back to the lake for easy slaughter).

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 26th, 2014 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That would make sense.

I think there was a stream going to a river, now that I'm remembering. They could easily dam the river to stop it up with the forcefield, though draining would take some extra steps if it were a natural formation.

I'm trying to remember if Katniss and Peeta ran along the river to get to the lake at the end.

ETA: Hey, looking at it and thinking about the lake at the top and sloping sides... could they have been trying to make something like a northwestern volcanic area? Not meant to blow up like Haymitch's, but modeled on the topography of a crater lake at the top of a blown out area, then the wooded slopes going down? Crater Lake doesn't have the nearby creeks feeding it; they're further down.

Edited at 2014-08-26 06:29 am (UTC)
maidenjedi From: maidenjedi Date: August 26th, 2014 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
A crater lake would make sense, but I was thinking of how some dammed lakes are higher in elevation than their tributaries (Lake Austin here in Texas is like that; Mansfield Dam releases into the Colorado River about 500 feet below where the lake could conceivably top off). The crater lake makes a ton of sense for topographical reasons though. We have to consider the forest terrain and lack of man-made landmarks. I suppose the Gamemakers can and do create realistic arenas that have hidden man-made properties, and each arena may vary depending on what is trendy in the Capitol or what the Head Gamemaker and Snow really want to portray in a given year. So, there may well be a dam in the 74th, but the terrain was sculpted to hide it, or there is a crater lake, or it's a contained arena in an existing mountain terrain (in Arkansas there is a state park with a lake about halfway up the mountain, and the terrain matches the 74th description; in a Panem scenario, the arena boundaries could block the view and access to the surrounding mountainside).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 26th, 2014 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Judging by the 75th arena, where there was expanse of flat brown land beyond the forcefield, it could be a built environment pretty much anywhere, but I don't know if they'd go to all that trouble in a non-quell year, when they could use natural formations as a base, so yeah, it could definitely match existing topography somewhere.
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