Fans of H. P. Lovecraft are excited to discover that an important aspect of the Cthulhu Mythos, as the city of R’lyeh’ existence is now being confirmed by modern science. R’lyeh (pronounced /ˈɹu.li.a/ or /ɹɪl.ˈai.ɛ/)[ is a fictional island city created by H. P. Lovecraft, which makes its first appearance in the 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu“. The land mass is also referred to in Lovecraft’s “The Mound.”
Interestingly, the location of R’lyeh given by Lovecraft was 47°9′S 126°43′W in the southern Pacific Ocean. August Derleth placed it at 49°51′S 128°34′W. Both locations are close to the Pacific pole of inaccessibility or “Nemo” point, 48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W, These locations were thought to be a point in the ocean farthest from any land mass until recent evidence of a “lost continent” has come to the fore.
According to a report published by NBC News, scientists have discovered a new continent in the Pacific Ocean. Published on February 18th, 2017, the news article entitled, Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Hidden Continent Under New Zealand, states the following in reference to the newly discovered continent that is called Zealandia by academics:
“This newly proposed continent is about 1.74 million square miles in size and 94 percent submerged. But at its highest points, it protrudes above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand and New Caledonia, according to a paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America …… Zealandia is believed to have broken away from Australia about 80 million years ago and sunk beneath the sea as part of the break-up of the super-continent Gondwanaland.”
“The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.” — H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu” (1928)