Isla Nublar is a remote island about 120 miles (190 km) off the west coast of Costa Rica, which is only 87 miles away from Isla Sorna. The island has a surface of 57 square kilometers (22 square miles). Its mountain ridges created varied ecological niches.
The island was intended to be the site of Jurassic Park. It was to be a tourist attraction featuring living biological dinosaurs cloned from pre-historic DNA. The park was controlled from the Visitor Center. The sequence of disasters that led to the closing of Jurassic Park is nicknamed the Isla Nublar Incident.
Location and physical geography Edit
Like its novel version Isla Nublar has the shape of a reversed teardrop. The precise geography of the island is shown in satellite imagery in the Jurassic Park Control Room (image featured far left below). Various other maps such as the maps featured in the brochure and the Tour the Island site show a stylized cartoon version of Isla Nublar and therefore give only vague detail to the island's topography.
The western coast of Isla Nublar is very rough and mountainous. Velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. From these mountains one or more rivers stream to the eastern part of the island.
The northern part of the island is also very mountainous. This part is also very volcanic. One of the most impressive mountains on the island is called Sibo. It is called after the main deity of Nima's tribe. He was believed to have created the Earth. The mountain itself has the shape of a house and the natives believed that the animals of the world had build it.
Before InGen Edit
Thousands of years ago people from the American continent arrived at Isla Nublar. The people became mostly fisherman. Nima Cruz is a member of this tribe.
After John Hammond abandoned the idea of a small Jurassic Park San Diego, his company InGen looked for a large isolated preserve. Costa Rica agreed to lease the island to InGen. The tribe people had to leave the island.
InGen had to build two docks to easily transport supplies and workman to the island, the North Docks and East Docks. In the south also a Isla Nublar Heliport was built. For an efficient distribution, a network of roads was build. To supply the construction sites and the fences with energy, a Geothermal Power Plant was build in the northern mountains.
The structures for Jurassic Park were mainly build in the eastern and northern part of the island. When the Electric Fences around the paddocks were build, dinosaurs from Isla Sorna were transported to the Isla Nublar.
For a complete discussion of all buildings of the Park, see Jurassic Park (movie park).
Isla Nublar Incident Edit
In The Marine Facility, Billy Yoder tells that the American army would send a group of B-52s to "sink this island into the Pacific!" In Ethics, Part 2, Haskell says that the people have 90 minutes to leave the island. However, the Napalm bombing is never seen on screen.
Demolition, de-construction, and disposal of Isla Nublar facilities, organic and inorganic, one hundred and twenty-six million dollars.
The back of the TLW VHS box set tells:
The dinosaurs are destroyed, the park is dismantled and the island is indefinitely closed for the public...
From these sources it is clear that the Isla Nublar facilities and dinosaurs were removed from the island. The way in which this happened is unknown. The VHS cover seems to indicate that the dinosaurs were killed, rather than transported. However, the VHS text says that the island still exists.
- Moreton bay fig tree
- West Indian lilac
InGen introduced new plant species on the island.