I am writing a YA adventure novel that takes place in a domed city.
For my model of the dome, I am using the Mir mine project design: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-11/17/russia-domed-city-siberia
My story is taking place in the US and the city will have been built on the site of a rather large sinkhole somewhere in the Midwest.
The important elements to consider are:
- Everything is run by solar powered electricity (gathered from orbital satellites) and designed for the least amount of industrial activity.
- There is a larger economy that allows for trade with other domed entities.
- Enclosed world which is well ventilated and - at times- opened to the outer environment for short periods
- The dome has been in existence for over twenty years.
Mostly, I want to imagine what daily existence is like around the city. What are the sounds and smells of this environment? I imagine that even a ventilated city will have odors from the use of electricity to run everything from commuter shuttles (trains) to large theme park rides - a primary source of entertainment in this particular dome. Also, the sheer number of people milling about must have an impact on the environment no matter how clean they keep themselves. Sports are also huge. What kinds of decay are likely to have taken place that add to the sensory input? If you have any suggestions as to how I could better define my parameters, please offer them.