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Questions tagged [environment]

For questions about an environment or aspects of it such as geographical, atmospheric or climate.

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Sky Train Blimp Plane?

Can using blimps to hold power lines and implement laser filamentation of ablout 7 meter span from the source of power for a contact free power supply to power an electric engine (designed to run on ...
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Could life on earth survive after the sun becomes a white dwarf?

It's my first time writing an original story and I have this idea, but I don't know if it could be scientifically feasible. My story would be medieval fantasy with magic, but I wanted to add a twist ...
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Taming our creations

We escaped the galactic government and we have created life, and sentience. We have created marvels and spectacles. We have let it loose. How can we control and monitor the growth and evolution of our ...
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What would happen if a volcanic cave was connected by a tunnel to a frozen cave?

Subangea is a giantic cave that stretches below the surface through endless cavities. From oil oceans to volcanic sinkholes and even upside-down forests, the environment is ever changing from one ...
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Could an entire civilization live in an upside down forest?

How it begun: In my world, the surface has become inhospitable due to the ozone layer depleting and excessive levels of air pollution. Life migrated to a giant cave (roughly the size of north America)...
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How realistic is the geography of my map?

I was told to post this question separately, so here it is. I need help with the geography and climate of my map. Blue circles are ports Gray circles are cities That one brown circle is a town The ...
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If a civilisation is built on the back of a moving body, what is a day like? [closed]

What this question is asking is that if there were a group of people living on the back of a something that itself moves, how is the passage of time measured for days, weeks and seasons as these ...
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How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are and ...
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Reason why a mountainous Kingdom doesn't have/use much metal

Essentially in my world I have a large and mountainous kingdom, but I have always envisioned them wearing leather armor with cloaks etc. Is there a valid reason I could state for why they don't wear ...
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A water cycle in an underground setting

The ozone layer depleted beyond reasonable levels and life on the surface has become impossible and life migrated underground in giant caves connected together by tunnels. Some of those caves have ...
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Metal Box with one square mile of fertile soil [closed]

Imagine you and a group of people all wake up in a ginormous metal box. The type of metal isn't important. The box is so large that you can fit multiple cities in it. The walls are the height of sky ...
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Would total reliance on Solar and Wind energy sources lead to climate change?

If Humanity were to suddenly come to its senses and stop relying all together on fossil fuels and start relying on wind powered and solar energy sources, wouldn't this lead to some sort of climate ...
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How would a half-steppeland, half-desert kingdom with only a single river function?

On one of the continents in one of my fantasy worlds, I have a kingdom. The kingdom is comprised of two different geographical regions, a steppeland area in the kingdom's north and a desert region in ...
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What environment would be required for a species that communicates through electrodes?

I want to develop an intelligent species that communicates almost exclusively through touch. Their entire epidermis serves as a conductor like an electrode, so that when they touch they share thoughts....
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Rainfall - poles versus hadley cells

I am attempting to build an earth-like planet using this blog post (mentioned to me by @MonicaCellio). The post is great and I've been able to quickly and easily create a world. I've had a slight ...
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Reliable Source of Heat for Underwater Society? [duplicate]

This society consists of various peoples and fantasy races, but most of them have heat requirements similar to humans. What would a reliable source of heat for this society be? Bonus points if this ...
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What would pressure belts look like on a world with continuous land?

I need maps of climates and prevailing winds for my desert-dominant world. It has one continent stretching in a band around the tropics and into the subtropics, making up about half the planet's ...
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Climate disturbance after flying islands appeared in the sky?

2017, flying islands just appeared in the sky. Different places in the world, different sizes. The biggest one is about the size of the Corsica french island. They have similar ecosystem than Earth's ...
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Climate effects caused by two orbiting sources of hot and cold radiation [closed]

Considering a world where the globe has two orbiting bodies at the opposite sides. They would preferably orbit around the equator. The nature of these bodies is linked to the magic system of the world,...
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Oceanic Hostage Negotiation [closed]

Help! The moon was a spaceship all along, and it's inhabitants have finally woken up. They say that in order to continue on their travels, they need to take our oceans to create a bubble around their ...
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World Map - How can I tell if the Ecosystems are realistic?

I'm trying to create a world map for my fantasy novel. My problem is that I love designing things, and I'm finding myself bogged down with figuring out how desert A got where it is, and how plain B's ...
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How to remove most signs of past civilizations without destroying all life? [duplicate]

I am trying to generate broad ideas as to how to create a society with a refresh start. Where most signs of an advanced society (slightly more advanced then today's society) are gone but without ...
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Conditions to make giant storm

In film "The Day After Tomorrow", a giant snowstorm seizes the Earth for days and freezes nearly everything. What I want to know is, that is this possible in current Earth climate and geology? It ...
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What if an Earth-like planet had rings? [closed]

I use "Earth-like" in this instance to describe an alternate world with conditions to lead to the evolution of humans. This planet is not Earth and exists in a different system or galaxy entirely. For ...
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Effects of regular prolonged eclipses on environment

What would be the effect on climate on an Earth-like moon of a gas giant, which experienced regular ("monthly") total solar eclipses (by its gas giant parent) lasting approx. 40 hours. I'm trying to ...
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Would it be plausible to have a Machine that generates storms? (No Magic)

For my fictional world I want to conceal a location from a governing body. Would it be plausible to have a machine that generates a severe storm that could get rid of boats and airplanes? Would ...
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Is there a real life substance like movie acid?

Is there a real life chemical or compound that exhibits the characteristics of stereotypical movie acid? From what I know of most acid, it is usually clear or just a little cloudy, but I'm looking ...
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Can a planet have half the orbit and rotation times of Earth? [closed]

Ok, my head hurts after thinking about this and writing this question at least six times. Finally I have something that might pose as a question. Can a planet have a 6 Earth-month rotation around its ...
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Could someone stay unconscious for roughly twelve hours under a set of given conditions while in a desert environment?

I'm quite afflicted with a specific set of conditions I'm trying to figure out. I'm trying to find a way (if there is one) that someone could be unconscious for roughly twelve hours under some ...
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What would be the consequences of a world of floating/flying islands? [closed]

I have a medieval fantasy world made up of an earth-like planet over which "islands float in the sky", a few kilometers high. These islands are fixed above the planet and fixed between each other. The ...
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Is a single stable planetary ecosystem even possible? [duplicate]

Think of some famous outside-of-the-solar-system planets from say, Star Wars. Tatooine. Hoth. They all have something in common: No matter where you land, the landscape is pretty much the same: on ...
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What kinds of plants could grow near crystals and in (mostly) crystal sands?

Within my desert landscape--in which the climate is similar to the Sonora Desert--there are many canyons, one of which sports large, clustered growths of Elbaite Tourmaline crystals, averaging out at ...
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Could a society use kilocalories for setting the base price of goods/services? [closed]

It takes an enormous amount of energy to manufacture a computer, and less to create a ceramic food bowl, but only a small amount to grow a strawberry in Earth soil. Could we be setting product & ...
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Which kinds of food would no longer be available if plants stopped producing pollen?

In my fantasy pre-industrial world pollen production and plant reproduction has been disabled by some sort of curse. The curse has a limited geographical span, but the region affected is very large ...
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Can Deserts and Plainslands be geographically close?

Deserts are defined by their hostility to flora and fauna and a distinct lack of rain. Plains are simply relatively smooth areas of land. My question is how much area would be required to have a shift ...
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How can I explain rainforests in a world with little, localized rain?

On the world I am building (Let's call it Bob for simplicity's sake), the days last 9 years. As a result of this, the living beings on Bob must migrate across the planet to avoid the encroaching night....
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What if half the Earth was covered in lava? [closed]

Imagine that some kind of catastrophic event takes place on Earth, like a gigantic eruption, and half the planet ends up transformed into a hell-like hemisphere, with volcanoes and seas of lava (like ...
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How to scientifically dim earth's sky by environmental means, without killing humanity

It would preferably be something that will either last a fairly long time fifteen to twenty years perhaps, periodically and last at least some months between or last indefinitely. I do not require ...
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What could be a valid reason for an entire section of a continent to remain unexplored and undiscovered, by the rest of the world in medieval times?

How can a part of a continent (super or other) remain unexplored by the apparently civilized majority? The undiscovered part must be habitable but inaccessible, by land or sea, so that the rest of the ...
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Living on a Giant Tree - Houses

This is one of a series of questions centered around living on a giant tree. The setting/scenario is described below: In my fantasy world, elves live on a giant tree, very similar in structure to ...
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Living on a Giant Tree - Resources

This is one of a series of questions centered around living on a giant tree. The setting/scenario is described below: In my fantasy world, elves live on a giant tree, very similar in structure to a ...
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Living on a Giant Tree - Animals

This is one of a series of questions centered around living on a giant tree. The setting/scenario is described below: In my fantasy world, elves live on a giant tree, very similar in structure to ...
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What ecosystems and possible sentient creatures would form in subterranean pockets?

I am building a science fiction universe, and I am currently thinking of many different unique sentient alien species that would populate the galaxy. I have thought of a rocky planet with Earth level ...
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What would be the evolutionary pressures of horned simians?

I am assuming that monkey like animals are more likely to develop some form of horn or antler than apes(feel free to correct me), the question is what would be the most plausible function of the horns,...
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Could a plant-like forest or jungle form in an underground lava dependent ecosystem?

Could an alien underground macroscopic ecosystem including human sized plant-like organisms evolve around lava as an energy source? These organisms could use heat and/or light from the lava to ...
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What sort of cybernetic/genetic enhancements would make sense for cold-blooded soldiers leaving their natural habitat?

In the world I'm building, there's a race of sapient, technologically advanced lizard people, most of whom live in an enormous, climate-controlled city. Based on the answers to this question, it seems ...
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Polar Heat, Equatorial Cold - Climatic Effects of Inverted Global Temperatures

How does inverting global temperatures affect climate? Here exists a fantasy world similar to earth in all important ways. Except, however, that global temperatures have been flipped; it is coldest ...
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How might a life-sustaining planet exist with an “atmospheric ocean”?

This might be a little difficult to explain, but basically: the concept of "atmospheric ocean" is a gas that is found pretty much everywhere on the planet. Probably very dense and sinks to the surface,...
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If the sun of a fictional world did not rise on random days, how would it affect its civilizations? [closed]

I previously asked about the possibility of a fantasy world that has a different sun every day and where, on random days, no sun rose: World with a different sun every day, and random days with no sun....