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SyenMakto:
So I'm obsessed with the mountains :D I've always had a couple questions about them though. Do they move? I would assume they do because they're just floating there, but certain things (like the route young Na'vi take to claim an Ikran) are always there. If the mountains move, wouldn't that pathway be gone by now  ??? ? Also, where is everything in relation to the mountains? I figured that the Tree of Souls was right smack dab in the middle, due to the discussions about the strength of the Flux Vortex. But idk where Kelutral (Hometree), Hell's Gate, the Mountains, and the Tree of Souls are in relation to each other. :-\

Ps: How exactly does the avatar uplink work? With everything they say about the vortex, you would think that it would cause issues when the team moves to site 26 and the their location near the Tree of Souls.

Blue Elf:
As mountain are kept in the air by magnetic forces (they contain unobtanium, what is superconductor), they can move. However, if they could move without any limits, they could move in the place where magnetic forces disappear, what would cause them to fall down.
In the movie we can see that mountains are connected by some lianas and at some point when going to ikran area Na'vi went through something like bridge consisting of strong branches - so seems that mountains are kept together by lianas and branches - probably very strong. Youcan see this also in Avatar game (but it can't be considered as proof)

`Eylan Ayfalulukanä:
The implication that the mountains have been in the same relative position for a long time suggests that the magnetic field in that location is very strong, and covers an area considerably bigger than where just the floating mountains are. Some force, perhaps magnetic current induction, keeps the fields strong in the mountains so they continue to float. The fact that you see rock formations that have formed along the magnetic force lines suggest the field has a central strong spot, where the Tree of Souls is.

They take liberty with physics here. If these magnetic fields are really that strong, and metal object is going to get an electric current induced in it when it moves through the field. By Lenz's Law, this current will set up its own magnetic field that will oppose the original field. Thus, things like gns and helicopters wil find they are fighting an invisible force when they try to move. These electric currents would also be quite damaging to electronics, unless they are magnetically shielded.

As an RF engineer, I have given a lot of thought to how the avatars work. We know they use some new electronic technology called psionics, but don't know much more than that. I strongly suspect though, that this involves some system on non-Hertzian radiation (and new physics!), that cannot be detected or controlled like electromagnetic energy. This could explain how the avatars can work without problems in the magnetic fields that exist around the floating mountains, and surely other places on Pandora. It also explains why Quaritch was unable to stop the avatars by simply jamming their communications links with radio jamming equipment.

Since our bodies are also conductive, this raises another interesting question: How can our bodies deal with the electric currents induced in them by these super-strong magnetic fields?

Your other questions, I don't have a clue about.

In the meantime though, Avatar is fun in that we can suspend reality while enjoying the film!

SyenMakto:

--- Quote from: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä on May 01, 2014, 02:56:38 pm ---As an RF engineer, I have given a lot of thought to how the avatars work. We know they use some new electronic technology called psionics, but don't know much more than that. I strongly suspect though, that this involves some system on non-Hertzian radiation (and new physics!), that cannot be detected or controlled like electromagnetic energy. This could explain how the avatars can work without problems in the magnetic fields that exist around the floating mountains, and surely other places on Pandora. It also explains why Quaritch was unable to stop the avatars by simply jamming their communications links with radio jamming equipment.

Since our bodies are also conductive, this raises another interesting question: How can our bodies deal with the electric currents induced in them by these super-strong magnetic fields?


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Interesting point about the fact our bodies would conduct the currents. I hadn't thought about that before  ???. But I'm guessing if a human was in the mountains or near the Tree of Souls for any extended length of time, it would affect something.... I also don't know much about Na'vi anatomy, so it might also affect them, but not nearly as much. Idk.... if only we could all go and find out.... *looks off into the distance and sighs* :D

baritone:

--- Quote from: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä on May 01, 2014, 02:56:38 pm ---As an RF engineer, I have given a lot of thought to how the avatars work. We know they use some new electronic technology called psionics, but don't know much more than that. I strongly suspect though, that this involves some system on non-Hertzian radiation (and new physics!), that cannot be detected or controlled like electromagnetic energy. This could explain how the avatars can work without problems in the magnetic fields that exist around the floating mountains, and surely other places on Pandora. It also explains why Quaritch was unable to stop the avatars by simply jamming their communications links with radio jamming equipment.
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They have no problem talking to each other during the battle. Jake, Neytiri and Norm wore transceivers with throat microphone, and they can be contacted through something similar to a radio station.
So, maybe, just transmitters working frequency was outside the interference, and Quaritch could not suppress relationship because he did not have electronic warfare?

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