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Sunnydale photo

4th May 2007 (01:14)

The satellite photo of Sunnydale below the cut was inspired by the discussion in my post about Willow's eye colour... I've made the following assumptions:

1)  The aerial view of Sunnydale crater in episode 8.01 shows four tiny vehicles/tents at the edge of the crater.
2)  I zoomed out Google Maps until the aerial view of a highway showed cars at roughly the same size, and assumed that the scale of that map would equal the scale of the Sunnydale picture.
3)  Combining the two, I estimated the crater in the drawing to be 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) in diameter.
4)  Sunnydale in the photo looks remarkably like Santa Barbara in the real world...
5)  ...Except that Sunnydale County is much less built-up and urbanised than Santa Barbara County is. I blame the Hellmouth.
6)  Also, The First's evil power leached the very life from the soil in the countryside around Sunnydale, especially once its protector - Mayor Wilkins - was dead.
7)  The picture in Episode 1 was taken from a helicopter flying over Kingman's Bluff due south of Sunnydale, looking north towards the distant mountains.

What does this prove? That we can indeed reconcile Sunnydale being both in the desert and at the coast... :)

Edit: The photo has been changed so it now extends westward, showing Sunnydale Airport and UCSD - both of which look to have survived the destruction of the Hellmouth, since they're so far out of town.




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Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 4th May 2007 00:48 (UTC)
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Where's the airport?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th May 2007 10:58 (UTC)

About two miles off the left-hand edge of the map, near the coast. :)

(Really - Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is in Goleta, which you can see in the small mini-map in the corner of my picture. The University of California - SunnydaleSanta Barbara is nearby, too.)

Posted by: Peasant (peasant_)
Posted at: 4th May 2007 06:11 (UTC)

I worship you.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th May 2007 10:49 (UTC)

Burnt offerings, virgin sacrifices, etc will be accepted gratefully...

Thanks!

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Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th May 2007 23:13 (UTC)

Thanks. :)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 8th May 2007 08:37 (UTC)
Hee

The picture in Episode 1 was taken from a helicopter flying over Kingman's Bluff due south of Sunnydale, looking north towards the distant mountains.

Then where is the dam from As You Were?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th May 2007 17:56 (UTC)



Buffy and Riley had to go for a long drive to get there. It's probably miles away, up in the mountains off the top edge of the map. Suvolte demons are fast runners. :)

Posted by: selinde2 (selinde2)
Posted at: 10th June 2007 08:17 (UTC)
I love the map!

Thanks so much for working out all the maths and posting the pic!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 10th June 2007 15:40 (UTC)
Re: I love the map!

Thanks! I'm not sure quite how accurate it all is, since geography near a Hellmouth seems to move about and warp itself into new shapes every so often... but I think it's at least plausible it looks like this...

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 3rd March 2017 13:45 (UTC)
The crater is wrong/too small

If you'll recall in the series finale, when Buffy and company's bus finally comes to a stop after running from the growing crater, they were in the desert.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd March 2017 15:18 (UTC)
Re: The crater is wrong/too small

That's what I meant in my post by "Sunnydale County is much less built-up and urbanised than Santa Barbara County is. I blame the Hellmouth" and "The First's evil power leached the very life from the soil in the countryside around Sunnydale".
I assume the desert comes much closer to Sunnydale in the Buffyverse than it does to Santa Barbara in the real world; so you don't need to drive nearly as far to reach it.

Also, Sunnydale is next to the ocean - it has a beach and everything. The crater can't be that big, or it would have overlapped the Pacific and the sea would have rushed in to fill it.

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