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Caprona (also known as Caspak) is a fictitious island in the literary universe of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Caspak trilogy, including ''The Land That Time Forgot'', ''The People That Time Forgot'', and ''Out of Time's Abyss''.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/?page_id=26 )〕
In the first novel, Caprona is described as a land mass near Antarctica, first reported by the (fictitious) Italian explorer Caproni in 1721, the location of which was subsequently lost. The island is ringed by high cliffs, making it inaccessible to all but the most intrepid explorers (The people who first explore the island access it by taking a submarine through an underground tunnel), It has a tropical river teeming with primitive creatures extinct elsewhere and a thermal inland sea, essentially a huge crater lake, whose heat sustains Caprona’s tropical climate.
Burroughs postulates a unique biological system for his lost world, in which the slow progress of evolution in the world outside is recapitulated as a matter of individual metamorphosis. This system is only hinted at in ''The Land That Time Forgot''; presented as a mystery whose explication is gradually worked out over the course of the next two novels, it forms a thematic element serving to unite three otherwise rather loosely linked stories. Dinosaurs, mammals, and primitive humans coexist on the island.
The island is also called Caspak by its native humanoid inhabitants – thus the name of the trilogy.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=CASPAK GLOSSARY )〕
Caprona is referenced in Alan Moore's almanac ''The World of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'', and in Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi's 1980 tome, ''The Dictionary of Imaginary Places''.
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