Questions tagged [environment]

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Could vulcanic activities make polar regions more inhabitable?

My basic idea is a polar region in a planet that, for whatever* reason, has a obscene amount of geothermic activity. The question is, will this be enough to create a micro-climate large enough to ...
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What kind of wing shape might a butterfly develop for regular over-ocean flight?

I'm currently building a whimsical children's fantasy world; nothing needs to be 100% accurate or believable to real life, but I do want the creatures I'm creating to seem thought out for the world ...
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What Could Create the Remaining Two Types of Single-Biome Planets?

There have been numerous questions in this SE about single-biome planets popularized in the Star Wars mythos. Despite the criticisms, these worlds are plausible, and they all involve the right ...
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Is it possible to go from tree climbing to hiding in sand like some sandlions do

Is this evolutionary path possible with this creature because I don't know what would be in order to go from a creature that lives in the trees to living in a treeless environment. I had an idea that ...
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Can life be diverse if they had evolved from different or multiple ''basic'' body plans or multiple ancestors?

Okay, Okay so I know my fair share of convergent evolution, foster rule etc. now I'm wondering because I have three creatures (a insect like creature a herbivore and carnivore I'll send images they ...
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Can a pangea like continent have diverse life and climates?

In my story, a group of scientific explorers go on a expedition to a planet, and I don't know if it should be a super continent because of the diverse life there could be. There are deserts, forest, ...
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I am making a creature with sloth like claws and need to know how it would be used for climbing trees and walking

My question is about my creatures.So in my world i have these creatures that have bladed claws on each leg think like a sloths claws they have 6 limbs in total two strong arms to move from tree to ...
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What kind of sea conditions would my 'Warp' have that wouldstop submarines from being able to operate effectively?

In my creation of a semi-realistic armed forces for my world's main faction, I took the unrealistic decision to make a way of keeping battleships. To that end, I adapted my existing idea of creating a ...
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Ice coverage of a horizontal torus planet

How much ice would a torus planet be covered in if it rotated horizontally without a tilt such that its inner region never sees sunlight? It's basically earth but as a torus and a completely '...
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What would the environment be inside a fish?

In the body of a massive fish, about 200 miles long, is an island around half that length. This island is made up of deposited minerals from the sea, including large amounts of ancient bones and ...
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An oasis in the vacuum?

I'm hoping that the following scenario is one of those "you'll never actually see that so don't bother looking for it" things Because Reasons™ but I want to look at whether, and how, it is ...
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More Moons = Brighter Nights?

Now, firstly, I understand that the moon reflects a portion of sunlight onto the night's surface; So if a planet had multiple moons--say two or three, how would the additional celestial mirrors affect ...
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What effect would large tree eating animals have on the ecosystem? Would trees dissapear?

While wood is made up of the same carbohydrates called cellulose, wood is held together by a complex molecule called lignin. This makes wood tough and hard to digest as part of the cellulose remains ...
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secret underground tunnel underneath the city that the emperor doesn't know about- is it possible?

in the draft of my story, there is a city which is the capital of an empire. the empire has conquered many territories, but underneath the city, there is underground tunnels. the enemies infiltrate ...
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How to explain the presence of tropical rainforest and temperate forest at an equal latitude near the equator, in a fictional world?

That's the rough outline of my fantasy world. The entire location is somewhat shifted towards the Northern Hemisphere because you can't see the polar ice caps of the southern hemisphere. Now, the dark ...
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Indicators of Ai Super Intelligence [closed]

Given the certain state of Ai, what indicators would show some level of ‘Super Intelligence’? Here are some of my ideas of 'Super Intelligence' this is subjective, of course. Able to operate on ...
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How would merfolk sustainably magically grow coral?

This question is a modified version of my earlier question, where I will clarify some of my worldbuilding. In my world, merpeople are capable of manipulating coral by making it grow at a faster rate ...
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What would stop megafauna from evolving in low gravity planets?

On planets with lower gravity than earth what might make carbon bases megafaun rarer than in our own planet? The planets have a source of geothermic energy, solar energy, winds and oceans. Sometimes ...
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What consequences could arise from merpeople magically growing coral?

In my fantasy world there are merpeople who have a magical ability to manipulate coral, they can make corals grow at a much faster rate than it naturally would, as well as control the shape it grows. ...
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Can a continent be completely desert?

I want my continent to be at least 90% desert. It has a square shape with several peninsulas. Kinda like Australia, but more than 3 times bigger and it's not flat(well it does have flat areas, but not ...
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What would be an environment conducive to the evolution of varanids based Naga?

I already made this question Naga evolution based on varanids related with the viability of varanid nagas. Any ways here I let the most relevant part from that question to explain my reasonement. ...
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In which kind of enviroment the frogs' "multiple legs parasite" could turn symbiotic?

There is a parasite which make different amphibians specially frogs and toads to get multiple extra limbs during the transition from tadpole to adult. The objetive of the parasite is to harm the host'...
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What would the climate and ecosystems be like if instead of water, land would be 71% of Earth's surface?

According to the Bureau of Reclamation, water covers about 71% of the Earth's surface. Everything from microbes in the ocean releasing greenhouse gases into the air, to the immense amount of water ...
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How does an animal bred to be a bioindicator function?

You're probably familiar with the use of canary during coal mining. At the slightest trace of poisonous gas the canary dies and the miners are warned. Well my story involves a small animal that was ...
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What could cause wind power to not be viable

Is there any sort of reason that wind power could become more difficult to use/utilize? I'm trying to think of reasoning that a desperate earth based society would switch to using extremely reckless ...
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How do you avoid running out of space due to magically created objects?

So this is an issue I have been thinking about for a while. Both in the fantasy world I'm making and in many examples of fantasy media magic users are able to bring in new amounts of physical matter ...
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Best shape and location of a piezoelectric plant?

Members of the electric bacteria (Shewanella) genus possess capabilities allowing the use of a variety of other electron acceptors for respiration. These include thiosulfate, sulfite, or elemental ...
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Planetary tilting bad?

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-goldilocks-planets-tilt-complex-life.amp This article says (rather poorly) that only a relatively small axial tilt of a planet like with the Earth could be beneficial to ...
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Are there any ways to move rainfall in the oceans to land?

The Earths oceans receive more precipitation than the land. Much of this precipitation happens in ecological dead zones such as the central pacific, southern Indian Ocean etc. So the precipitation ...
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Planet enabling societies evolving separately and suddenly comming into contact

I'm working on a planet design which makes it feasible for several human-like societies to emerge and evolve separately, up to a point where they are capable to interact with one another directly with ...
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Terraforming Antarctica: Is it possible to make it habitable without harming the Earth?

Let me explain what I mean by terraforming. Let's say we want Antarctica to be like Scandinavia or Finland. People from all over the Earth would colonise it and build the "United States of ...
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What are the limits on increasing atmospheric pressure on an ammonia planet to get liquid ammonia?

I have an ammonia world, I.e., ammonia is a solvent. It is tidally locked to its Sun. To counter low temperatures, I can either have a hot core or high atmospheric pressure. The size of plant is earth ...
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Is it possible for my continent to be in one of the black bordered areas of Pangea?

Is it possible for my continent millions of years ago to have been in one of the black-bordered areas of Pangea without changing anything in modern-day after all continents have split. By without ...
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Is it possible for land to be split up by climate? [closed]

Is it possible for a continent to be slit up by climate? For example, one part is desert, another is rainforest and another one is a savanna. I got this idea from an author I've read who split her ...
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Could there be trash on one specific part of a continent without humans on it?

In my continent (On Earth), there is one specific part of the land that is pretty much all covered in trash and waste, and the surrounding bodies of water are also polluted and so are part of the ...
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Creating a new, reliable, global wind pattern using space mirrors

My basic knowledge of wind patterns are that they blow from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. I want to put large mirrors in space to reflect sunlight constantly onto Peru and Vietnam/...
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Fake, Heatless Sun-like object hovering over a person on Earth, how deadly it would be?

Above the Crimson King in my story is a sun-like paetheon-sized asteroid (5.8 km in diameter) that follows him and never sets. This is not an asteroid actually but i call it false sun and it appears ...
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What impact would it have had if BFCs had been adopted instead of CFCs?

In the late 1920s, Thomas Midgley, Jr. improved the process of synthesis and led the effort to use chlorofluorocarbons, CFCs, as refrigerants: to replace ammonia (NH3), chloromethane (CH3Cl), and ...
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How do you map the climates and biomes on a tidally locked planet with no Coriolis Effect?

I've been looking through some videos and reading up on mapping out climates and biomes for fictional worlds very similar to Earth (Artifexian's videos have been a huge help), but I have been curious ...
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How would a corrosive sea not erode the foundations for islands?

My world consists of a large number of islands laid out in a hexagonal pattern, each one circular and large enough to support a small community. At the center of each island an obelisk sticks out of ...
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How the environment affects height

I was always curious about that one - regarding humans, not other species - how different environments affect height? Are people living in the mountains shorter that those living in the jungle or the ...
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How would the ocean smell if there were no life in it?

My characters are on a planet with no life that somehow has a weakly breathable atmosphere. They're on a beach and they note the smell. This is salt water so maybe the smell is different from, say, a ...
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Sand Plankton. Is it possible?

In many Sci Fi and Fantasy worlds, the deserts are filled with giant megafauna that swim through dunes of loose sand. The issue with this depiction of course is not just the size of said sand ...
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Copper Eating Giant Spiders? [closed]

"...100 Million Years Ago, Following the Glaciation that killed off most fish, a new dominant Phyla emerged. The Spider-Bats, as they are called, were giant spiders with 10 legs that were roughly ...
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Environmental effects of destroying all petroleum refineries

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, has unleashed its 6.8 metric ton railgun rounds upon the world's 700 or so petroleum refineries over the space of forty-five minutes. Its goal is to put the ...
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A planet without the materials to make jet engines -- plausible? [closed]

A continuation of Are there *plausible* planetary conditions where jet aircraft just don't have much advantage over propeller-driven aircraft? OBJECTIVE: A planet where propeller-driven aircraft ...
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Could Plasma be used by a monster to detect prey?

I have a monster in mind (based on something I saw in a dream) that is blind and deaf but finds prey by sensing faint electrical currents. It uses naturally generated plasma bursts to enhance ...
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How can technological advances in green energy be less efficient in mana extraction?

A war-mage named Alexander Oluchenko Cornelius has aspirations for ruling the multiverse, invading world after world to conquer territory and expand his empire. The technology of this vast army is ...
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What Environmental Factors Would Lead To The Evolution Of A Large, Warrior Homonid Race?

I'm working on a story that involve numerous types of species being pitted against one another, each one similar to humans but differing due to an evolutionary "theme". These "themed&...
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Natural and affordable way to dye hair in medieval period?

In a fantasy setting, largely based on the European medieval period, red hair is perceived as the sign of the devil. This is much like how red haired woman were prosecuted for being a witch in history....

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