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From the question: Why did the people of 2149 evacuate to 85,000,000 B.C. particularly?, they discovered a fracture in time and space, which they were able to use to transport anything to 85 million years B.C. They didn't have their choice of destination time as

They were unable to CREATE a fracture in time and space on their own.

Then, how did they send people to several years later? For example, our heroes arrived in Terra Nova 7 years after Captain Taylor. How is this possible when the destination time wasn't under their control?

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    Presumably, the portal ends are subject to the progression of time. Therefore, if you send one thing in and then a second thing five minutes after, the second thing will arrive on the other end five minutes after the first. – Iszi Apr 3 '12 at 15:37
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    Aren't the two timelines strictly increasing, but not necessarily at the same rate? I think I remember them mentioning that Commander Taylor has to spend some extended amount of days/months alone in the jungle, even though the second person to go through the portal stepped in a few moments after him. Or am I just making that up? – FishBasketGordo Apr 3 '12 at 18:57
  • @FishBasketGordo I remember the same thing. It was somewhere around 4 months he spent on his own. – Izkata Apr 3 '12 at 23:31
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The fissure was a direct line to that area in the past, and as the time in 2149 moved forward, the time in Terra Nova moved forward. So the fissure always went through a specific number of years, months, days, hours, and minutes.

When time in the 2140s moved forward 1 minute, so did time in Terra Nova, and the fissure kept the two in sync. Think of the fissure as a set length of pipe, and as one end moved, the other moved with it.

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    This seems most likely given the pilgrimages we see, but how do you explain the extended amount of time Taylor spent alone? – Izkata Apr 4 '12 at 0:58
  • That was explained in one of the later episodes. I don't remember exactly, but either it wasn't anchored at that point, or there wasn't even power flow in the 2140s, so things didn't "line up" like they do later. – Tango Apr 4 '12 at 1:47

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