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Quest for Inaccessible Archipelagoes

I googled "Inaccessible archipelago", and as of today, I got 5 results from 4 different page types about 4 locations:
- fiction about one imaginary place, the Land of the Trogs;
- touristic on the Aeolian islands, historical on Banda Archipelago and news on neighbouring East Timor.

Real and extraordinary

Three real and extraordinary places, as I would expect from such a quest:

- where the Stromboli volcano just now pours fire into the Mediterranean, as if trying to prove its inaccessibility and to remind us where are we sitting on;
- the spice Islands, whose treasures caused the Quest at the origins of current History;
- the last natural society as it was occupied by Indonesia in 1975, who kept it truly inaccessible until late 1999, and whose people's Quest for Freedom keeps writing current History.

Two Imaginary Inaccessible Archipelagos which become real sometimes

I will now try to extend that google list with this page, from yet another type.
It is about two imaginary archipelagoes, which at times become real.
They are both at the same location, since one sits on top of the other.

Unlike the second one, the first is forested. In the list it is the only unnamed and the only that knows only one exposure, the sun, one of the reasons why, when an ocean of fog hides the northern Alps below the 2000 m watermark, the only trees are seen at its peaks.

It is the fourth on the list and it is located at layer 4 of the wall that was uplifted 2000 m above layer 1, the depths of
the best lake in the world to understand immediately that mountain building the way you were told in school is a lie.

In the picture, the foundations for the second one, located at layer 5, are visible. But not the islands and its peaks.
The end of the wall, the final layer, almost completely above the 2000 watermark. On a clear day - and so are most days here - nobody will miss those islands. Their name:
the Churfirsten.

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