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fernwithy
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74th arena
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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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