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@bugs This reminded me of Athanasius Kircher on the subterranean:

The whole Earth is not solid but everywhere gaping, and hollowed with empty rooms and spaces, and hidden burrows. Deep down, it holds many great oceans and fires, interconnected by a system of passageways that reached all the way to its core. In this view, volcanoes, however awful and awe-inspiring, "are nothing but the vent-holes, or breath-pipes of Nature,” and earthquakes are merely the “proper effects of subterrestrial cumbustions” that are sure to go on constantly. The “prodigious volcanoes and fire-vomiting mountains visible in the external surface of the earth do sufficiently demonstrate it to be full of invisible and underground fires,”. “For wherever there is a volcano, there also is a conservatory or storehouse of fire under it.... And these fires argue for deeper treasuries and storehouses of fire, in the very heart and inward bowels of the Earth.”

The fire and water sweetly conspire together in mutual service. The tides, caused by the nitrous effluvia of the moon, push “an immense bulk of water” through “hidden and occult passages at the bottom of the Ocean” and thrust it “forcibly into the intimate bowels of the Earth.” The resulting winds “excite and stir up” and otherwise feed the subterraneous fire like a huge bellows. The seas, which would stagnate and freeze without the fires, keep the fires from getting out of hand, preventing “unlimited eruptions,” which would “soon turn all to ruins.” The “secret make-up of the mountains” is that they are hollow and serve as reservoirs. Hot baths, hot springs, and fountains are produced where underground water passageways come near or interconnect with the fire channels. Surely this is where dragons dwell.

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