I have a question about the film, Gravity, and the geography of its ending. Obviously there are major spoilers if you click through.
Given the (kind of scant) evidence in the film, where did Dr. Ryan Stone land at the end of Gravity? I realize that there probably isn't any real place in the world that perfectly matches up, but reasonably plausible locations would be fantastically helpful.
I put together a little collection of screenshots of the coastline and the landing site here.
Some things that I know or have noticed:
- While we're underwater, we see both a frog and what looks like kelp.
- The scene was shot at Lake Powell in Arizona
. However, it's been altered to look much more lush and green than it is in real life
, and I doubt there's a whole lot of kelp growing there.
- The shore has reddish sand instead of mud.
- It's remote enough that no one else is at the shore in the middle of a beautiful day, and there are no boats on the water.
- When the capsule first lands, it seems to be picking up radio transmissions both in Spanish and English, including a weather report for somewhere in the midwest.
- The landing site is located somewhere that would allow NASA to quickly organize a rescue, even without satellite-based communication and GPS. (For the purposes of this exercise, I'm going with the film's assertion the debris cloud was large enough to take out basically everything in orbit, even as far up as the TDRSS.)
Metafilter, I've been googling and cruising around satellite maps and flicker for hours and I'm at a total loss. Please help me solve this mystery!