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“Dino-topia... You think the name means a utopia of dinosaurs. Wrong. Look it up. It means 'terrible place'. I know. I've seen it...” — Lee CrabbDinotopia was an island populated by dinosaurs and humans in a utopia society. The population of the island had descended from shipwreck victims only, and a unique language, made up of many languages rolled into one, is used on the island.
Dinotopia was made up of a main island, and a much smaller one called the Outer Island. There were also many other smaller islets and reefs. Dinotopia's capital city was Sauropolis. The "main island" was approx. 240 miles (385 kilometers) in length, and approx. 260 miles (420 kilometers) in breadth. In the center of the "main island" was the Rainy Basin, which with the Great Desert made up most of the island. These two land-marks were separated by the Forbidden Mountains, a huge range that intersected a smaller mountain range called the Backbone Mountains. A truly spectacular place was Waterfall City; It was built in the middle of the Polongo River, a large river that held all the water from the Rainy Basin.
The World Beneath
- Main Article: World Beneath
A vast collection of caverns beneath Dinotopia. The dinosaur citizens of Dinotopia used these to survive the world-wide extinction of the dinosaurs on the rest of the world. The World Beneath also was where Sunstones are mined. Arthur Denison goes into the World Beneath through The Portal, in Red Rapid Canyon, which is near Canyon City.
"Dinotopian" was the name given to a citizen of Dinotopia. The Dinotopian culture was made up of many, many cultures from people of all corners of the globe. Ever since there have been shipwrecks there have been humans living on Dinotopia.
Behind the scenes
Possible names before "Dinotopia" included Icland, Volcanda, Volcaneun, Canyon Padulong, Pantopia, Dinotolia, Belterra, Saurotopia, Poseidos, and Pelagion.