Where does Axel discover a vast mushroom forest in Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Axel discovers a vast mushroom forest about five hundred yards from the beach by a large body of water called The Central Sea. It's not just the forest that is vast but also the mushrooms themselves, which are about forty feet high.

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On the latest phase of their epic journey, our intrepid explorers have reached a vast body of water called The Central Sea. This “limitless expanse of water” spreads before them as far as the eye can see until it is lost in the distance. The sight of this remarkable feature...

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On the latest phase of their epic journey, our intrepid explorers have reached a vast body of water called The Central Sea. This “limitless expanse of water” spreads before them as far as the eye can see until it is lost in the distance. The sight of this remarkable feature of the natural world is made all the more awesome by the presence of massive cliffs that gave been worn down by the perpetual breaking of the waves.

But as well as being awesome and spectacular, there's something not quite right about The Central Sea and its immediate surroundings. For one thing, the vast landscape is lit up as if it were daytime, and yet there's no sign of sun, moon, stars, or any other kind of natural light. Axel concludes that the source of this illumination must be electric.

Further strangeness is in store when Axel and his uncle go for a stroll along the beach. After they've walked for about five hundred yards, they come across what can only be described as a vast mushroom forest. It's not just the forest that's vast; the mushrooms are too. They're about forty feet high. There are thousands of them—so many, in fact, that they block out the light.

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