Questions tagged [climate]

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Can you have a very cold swamp?

In the research I have done, cold climates trend toward dry climates. I want to create a climate that circumvents this. I want to create a very cold climate with the average temperature hovering about ...
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What would the climate of this map look like? [closed]

In this scenario, there is a binary star system comprised of one naturally-made star and another made by the hands of some mysterious hyperadvanced civilization. The latter is a white giant, an ...
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Possibility for a cooler eastern Australian coast

I want to place a country in Oceania, but its eastern coasts appear to be too hot in summers, I want to change its climate a little bit to make it more livable in summer, how can we change its ...
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How to prevent the effects on gravity, climate and day-night cycles on a "planet" with a surface area nth time as big as earth's?

In my story, one key feature is that the earth-like planet or habitat has a surface area of earth > 10 times. However, as it is inhabited by pre-industrial humans that might have been brought on it ...
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Would a genetically engineered animal with wheels be a viable species? [duplicate]

There have been several discussions both on this website and others about the viability of wheeled animals and why there are no current biological examples of it. A big issue with an animal evolving ...
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How to estimate the average surface temperature of a planet? [closed]

If given: Planet mass Planet radius Planet orbital distance (perihelion and aphelion) Planet albedo Planet atmospheric composition Planet atmospheric pressure Star mass Star luminosity Is there any ...
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On a planet with 99% humidity all of the time, how would human skin evolve?

This world has an incredibly high humidity rate all year round and I'm curious as to what - if any - evolutional changes might occur in human skin. Would it just be less porous or would there be a ...
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How would a permanent stationary super-hurricane impact the weather of a nearby land mass

How would the weather from a permanent Cat5 hurricane (specifically with sustained 500 mph winds) that spans a 2000-mile area (across the hurricane's diameter) be impacted on continents roughly 500 ...
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What would be the climate of a greater Antarctica? [closed]

I am thinking of a scenario about a supplementary piece of land on the coast of Antarctica which straddles north of the Antarctic circle with a mountain range, possibly entirely shielding it from ...
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How would Earth's land be different climatically if it was 50% land and 50% water?

I'm coming up with an alternate world that is far more balanced when it comes to the surface area. Real life Earth is 71% ocean and 29% land. Astronomers speculate that Earth got its big oceans by ...
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How to Feed a City with a Subarctic Climate?

The city of Civitas Sykofantia sits on the shore of Lake Sykofantia, a high-elevation salt lake the size of Lake Superior in the US. The lake is located on the Great Pagomenos Plateau, a huge ...
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What pressures would force most life to possess external stomachs, and how would they avoid losing moisture on an Arid planet?

The zoology of my setting takes place on a mostly dry planet - it's certainly got rainfall, seas, and wetlands in certain ecoregions, and life exists there mostly, but some things still live in more ...
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Would it be possible to have a warm current going up the coast of Labrador and entering into Hudson Bay?

I need a warm current to pass along the coast of Labrador (I have another one already entering the Saint Lawrence) and enter the Hudson Bay. That way I would make it somehow like Western Europe with a ...
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Would it be possible to have a large island in the middle of the Atlantic and have it encircled by warm currents?

Let's say we would have a large island (size of Greenland) in the middle of Atlantic (yeah, Atlantis). Would it be possible to not have it facing the Gulf stream (warm) from its west side and the ...
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Climate zones on a tiny world

Suppose you have what it takes to build a Ringworld, or at least a Culture Orbital, but instead you make a tiny scale model of Earth, with a neutronium core to make the surface gravity match, a ...
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The "Exciting" Drilling company dug an underground canal connecting Death Valley to the Pacific. How does it change the Mojave climate?

Badwater Basin, part of Death Valley, is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level at its lowest point. The "Exciting" drilling company, based in Nevada (they are exciting and not at all like their b**...
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How plausible is an alive atmosphere? [duplicate]

We know there are microorganisms living some good kms above our heads --- bacteria, fungi, even algae were detected in meteorological samples. What if the unstable mixing of gases that happens in the ...
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How would increasing or decreasing atmospheric pressure affect the amount of precipitation over a planet?

I'm designing planets of varying atmospheric pressures. How would increasing (or decreasing) global atmospheric pressure affect the amount/frequency of precipitation over a planet?
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What geographic/climate changes does the Arabian Peninsula need to become a rainforest?

Despite being surrounded by waters on all sides, the Arabian Peninsula is mostly a massive desert. As a result, Arabia was generally a hinterland for most of early history and there aren't a lot of ...
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Would my world have the environment that I planned for it?

The world where my stories will take place is a moon oribiting a gas giant along with many other barren moons. I envisioned it to have a generally tropical/subtropical climate, with plenty of ...
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Adding continental landmass at Arctic/Reduce Antarctica size - What would happen?

So, I am developing a fictitious world that is very similar to our earth. Generally, most of the continents stay the same way they are (Maybe North America is split in two smaller continents), with ...
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Would a planet with stronger winds create more interesting landforms through weathering?

If I design a planet with stronger winds (maybe on average 40 mph, rather than the 7 mph average winds we have here), would interesting land formations be more common due to increased wind erosion, or ...
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How fast would winds be on a terrestrial planet with a 12 hour day?

I'm designing a high gravity (1.38g) world with a fast rotation rate (12 hours). I think the circulation cells would be stronger with a faster rotation rate, but I'm trying to figure out what a ...
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I have scrambled the earth’s landmasses to form the world of Htrea [closed]

There are still mountains in the same spots of their mother continents. Wind directions, orbit, and water temperatures are all exactly that of Earth’s (as well as planet size). The equator runs ...
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Could a continent walled with mountains be a tropical desert?

Can a triangular continent (sharp part oriented south) the size of Australia and located exactly at the equator be entirely desert if it is surrounded by two mountain ranges (comparable to the ...
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Is this planet's climate map realistic?

Here are three different maps of the planet that's going to be the main setting of a comic book I'm working on, each one showing something different: As you can see in the first image, I mapped out ...
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Can we locally change the climate of a region?

I am currently creating a country located in a place which experiences only subarctic/arctic climates in the real world. I would like to know how the region's climate could be artificially changed ...
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How can I organize societal structure based on harsh climates?

I'm writing a fantasy old-west type novel, and I want this world to have extreme climates. I have a few questions, particularly for Americans: I want the mostly settled areas (mid to low income ...
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How can I make an earthlike planet windier?

Imagine a planet like earth, but windier. Not pick-up-a-house-and-drop-it-on-a-witch windy; let's say just give-trees-a-hard-time windy. I'd like "high winds" (defined by the United States ...
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What is the minimum strength that my forcefield needs to have to keep various atmospheres with a difference of 13% in total pressure?

I’m designing an alien world, which functions as a nature preserve for some extremely powerful aliens. I haven’t worked out the specific size, distance from the sun etc. yet, but I have already ...
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What would the climate of this habitable world be like?

Somewhere, far away in the universe, there is a galaxy that has not been made by nature. Whatever kind of hyperadvanced civilization could have created such a titanic project, and for whatever ...
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How do we make Siberia fertile and habitable?

What would be the necessary geographic changes in order to make parts of Siberia as far north as Yakutsk (or maybe a little less) and coastal areas up to those bordering the sea of Okhotsk and ...
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A meteor falls in a Mediterranean-like sea: what is the impact?

A meteor with a diameter of 300 meters crashes into the middle of a circular sea with a radius of 1500 km and with a speed of 30 km/s. Civilizations (and humanity as a whole) that are situated around ...
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Arcane Barrier Around Continent - What Effect would it have on it's climate?

So in my home-brew world, the Gods basically put a giant, magical barrier around an entire continent. The gods do not interact with anything inside the dome, it operates in a way similar to an Earth-...
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Would larger oceans stabilize temperature on a smaller planet with a thinner atmosphere?

I'm working on a planet with 75% of Earth's gravity, and I'm wondering how to get a stable climate despite the thinner atmosphere. I know a thinner atmosphere doesn't trap heat well, so the ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback? [closed]

Sometime in an alternate 2005, a handwavium science event creates a situation where excessive rainfall occurs throughout much of Australia. This event, now referred to as "the great rainfall"...
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Clothing against the wind

My people live in a tidally locked planet with very strong winds from the night side to the day side. Normally these winds are 50-70 km/h (around 30-45 mph) but they can easily reach 100-120 km/h (...
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Is this an accurate environment for life on a super Earth speculatively?

My alien planet is a super Earth. It revolves around a K-type star in the habitable zone and has a lower gravity. The mass is that of 2 Earths(or how ever superearths mass normally are).The atmosphere ...
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Could a hot desert plausibly exist in this location?

I'm attempting to construct a world such that a hot desert like the Sahara exists in the region outlined in yellow. The same map depicting prevailing winds (thick arrows) and ocean currents (thin ...
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What's the impact of an Australia-sized continent near South America?

I have an idea for a story set in an alternate world where an Australia-sized continent exists near South America, near Chile. Question: what would the climate of this world would be, if this ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

Basically the world I am designing gets really cold in the winter (coldest month of the year averages -75C in some inhabited areas). Because of this people dont really like to build small more ...
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How should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

The world in question is an Earth-like planet, with, for plot reasons, a permanently ongoing thunderstorm all over its equatorial line, in such way that's impossible to come across before a 1920-50-...
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Would scaling up the Tiwi islands for a setting maintain its bizarre weather patterns?

The Tiwi islands are 2 big islands off the coast of Northern Australia known for an event the locals call “Hector the Convector”. It is a cumulonimbus thunderstorm that happens every day from ...
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What is the altitude limit at which plants can grow on a low gravity planet?

(My Universe Sandbox Almost Terraformed Mars) How high can plants grow on a low gravity planet like Mars? Since lower gravity planets tend to have a greater height differences in terms of geography ...
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Knuckle-walk in snow / very cold climate

Is knuckle-walking efficent on snow / ice / thick snow ? Can a predator large as a polar bear evolve this? Is protecting the claw in such way, to far fetch considering the fact that the beast need to ...
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How would I calculate the greenhouse effect based on atmospheric composition?

Problem: For a known, but hypothetical planet orbiting a celestial body, how would I calculate the surface temperature after greenhouse gases? What I know about the planet as given: Planetary ...
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How would the climate work if there is only islands (not continents) in the earth? [duplicate]

I found this map : Now it keep me wondering: how would the climate of this world works? keep in mind, I only ask for climate here, about how this world came to be can be ignored. (I did plan to ...
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How would a medieval society clear a jungle?

How would a late medieval to early renaissance society clear a 200,000mi² jungle? This country is also a version of the Mexico-sized country referenced here, but much younger, and without the moving ...
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Extreme cold resistant flora

My world has no axial tilt. Therefore instead of having seasons from axial tilt it gets its seasons from actually moving farther away from its parent star. In the mid latitudes the temperature ...
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Does a Hell train running on brimstone have a smokestack?

I’m in a pinch to finish up my story’s cover art and I don’t know if my train has a smokestack, logically. This train runs in the planet Hell (see note) and uses liquid sulphur for the steam cycle. ...
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