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Lost map: A breakdown

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 1st 2006 5:52PM
lost map; hatches
Where to begin? Since I posted this photo of the door map from Wednesday's Lost, a lot of people have done a lot more deconstructing and, in some cases, translating of it. hatch 7; lostThe folks over at The Hatch Online deserve a round for translating all of the Latin (although, I don't know any Latin so I can't verify it's authenticity). As you can see in the above graphic, it looks as though five hatches were, at one time, connected to each other and to something in the middle. We see that there is a hatch called The Flame, to the left of The Swan hatch where the Losties are hanging out and washing clothes. We also see The Staff hatch, which is the medical hatch that Claire, Kate and Danielle discovered a few episodes back. There are two more hatches without a label that our castaways have not discovered. Is that where The Others are staying? Also, is the concrete that Sayid and Jack found used to block the tunnel to whatever is in the middle of the hatches? Near The Flame hatch, someone has written 'Alleged location of aborted #7: Each number of Heavy water table.' Yeah... I don't know what that means.

polar bear; lost mapThere is also a little clue on the bottom right of the map about what the heck a polar bear is doing on a tropical island. It says, 'Accelerated De-territorialization of Ursus Maritimus (Polar Bears) through gene therapy and extreme climate change.' I guess the polar bear is there just like everyone else: he's also part of some grand experiment.

magnus; lost mapIn tiny, tiny writing on the lower right hand corner of the map is this little tidbit, "known final resting place of magnus hanso / black rock." Does that mean Alvar Hanso is buried on the island? What is 'magnus'? Is it a title for Alvar Hanso or is it a different member of the Hanso family?

cerebus; lost mapFinally, near The Flame hatch, is a reference to 'Cerebus', the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to hell. This plays to the theory that the Losties are all in hell. The writing on the wall says, 'Cerebus station believed to have been abandoned to an .mgd incident of 1985', and 'possible catastrophic malfunction of cerebus system.' Is the black smoke (aka the island's security device) Cerebus?

What else have you noticed on the map?

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Allan Attle

the notation "...Heavy water table ..." could possibly be a reference to the use of deuterium oxide, a chemical compound similar to regular water. It has several uses, among which are 1) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy [which provides detailed information about th three dimensional structor of biological molecules,has also been used to build elementary quantum computers], and is used for nuclear shielding; 2) neutro moderation, a procedure used in the production of weapons-grade uranium; 3) metobolic rate testing in humans and animals ... all three of which certainly fit in with the whacky events that have taken place or have been suspected or seen by the "losties". While Heavy water does not exist in nature and must be humanly produced, the use of the word "table" in the notation might mean that a natural source of Heavy water was found in that area.

May 12 2006 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Osiris

Sorry for the double posting.

April 20 2006 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glenn Wisniewski

I think D.I.H.G. survey team means Dharma Initiative/Hanso Grant survey team, referring to the money Alvar Hanso put up for the project.
Also, the medical station is named Caduceus Medical Station. The word caduceus is well known to medical personel. It is a symbol of a short rod entwined by two snakes and topped by a pair of wings, which is actually the caduceus or magic wand of the Greek god Hermes (Roman Mercury), messenger of the gods, inventor of (magical) incantations, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves. There are occult associations with the caduceus.

April 13 2006 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eddiec

The annotation following "ALLEGED LOCATION OF ABORTED #7" is not 'Each number of heavy water table". It is "Large number of underground springs / heavy water table". So, nothing to do with heavy water / deuterium; just that the ground is too wet for successful excavation,

April 11 2006 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. R. G. Sprackland

"Magnus Hanso" indeed means "the great Hanso," whatever THAT means. In Latin, directly under "The Pearl" is the ancient sailor's warning "here be dragons."

Now as a biologist, I translate the following abbreviations with a bit of a bias: D.I.H.G. is "Dharma Institute of Human Genetics"; A.H. refers to accelerated healing processes; R.V.s are retroviruses; M.D.G. is molecular developmental genetics; and the C.V.s are cryogenic vaults. The large chamber with "seemingly heavy water table" suggests a deuterium problem... highly odd, but the result of a leaking reactor container.

See where I'm going with this?

April 10 2006 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

maybe the large '?' in the middle is a large electro magnet which powers all the other stations.

also how big is the Island and is it definatly an Island maybe its connected to a mainland and the plane didnt really crash in the pacific but somewhere more civilised like south amereica

April 10 2006 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeremy

heavy water is "Heavy water is deuterium oxide, or D2O or 2H2O. Its physical and chemical properties are similar to those of light water, H2O, but the hydrogen atoms are of the heavy isotope deuterium, in which the nucleus contains a neutron in addition to the proton found in the nucleus of the hydrogen atom. This isotopic substitution alters the bond energy of the hydrogen-oxygen bond in water, altering the physical and chemical properties of the substance. Gilbert Newton Lewis isolated the first sample of pure heavy water in 1933." (Thanks wikipedia)

so radiation is involved here somehow

April 06 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carlos

Magnus is latin for great, big. Great episode

April 06 2006 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

It's all claer now.

Lost was/is the original TV reality show with subjects (unbeknwn to themselves) thrust upon the island in several tranches. Their tribal beahavior is then monitored over a couple of decades with the plane crash being the last tranche.

Hidden in the trees are the camera crews;) It's all gone madly wrong as the newtwork canceeled the show years ago and abandoned the players and the crews. All typical of the heartless actions of networks when they cancell shows.....;)

April 04 2006 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheMovieGoer

I swear, when Lost ends, theres gonna be suicides....

April 03 2006 at 3:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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