Questions tagged [environment]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
3answers
385 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
518 views

What weather patterns would occur on this map?

First, for scale, this map is about the size of the continental US. Assume that the mountains are about the size of the Rockies. These mountains are jagged on the outer edge, and more sloping on the ...
5
votes
3answers
430 views

All conditions being ideal (gravity, ecosystem, etc), what are the physical limits of tree growth on earth? [duplicate]

I ask the question, not as a subjective "well, Dale, what do ya reckon?" but as a perfectly factual question about tree growth here on earth provided a finite set of physical (natural, real) ...
5
votes
1answer
216 views

Bay evaporated by a volcano

In the world I am designing, I want to have a bay with a tight bottleneck, filled with salt water from the ocean. You can think of the bay as river shaped. To avoid creating a "C" shaped island I want ...
5
votes
2answers
257 views

Hot and Cold Reversed - Where should the line be drawn to prevent making the Earth uninhabitable?

In our universe, the energy of the sun generates heat and light. This helps keep the earth warm enough for life and drives much of the earth's climate. Warmth slowly bleeds off into the coldness of ...
5
votes
2answers
528 views

What would be the consequences of detonating all nuclear weapons on the edge of space?

In today's Dr McNinja, the Vice President of the US (who is also a wizard) detonated all of Russia's nuclear weapons on the edge of space at once: Copyright belongs to Christopher Hastings, 2015. ...
5
votes
2answers
350 views

What would be the fastest method of detecting and destroying drone intruders in a geomagnetic storm area using modern technology?

In my world, I have a geomagnetic storm generator that conceals an island from major governing bodies in an Earth-like setting. I learned that exploratory drones would be unable to transmit findings ...
5
votes
2answers
363 views

What would the weather be like underground?

In my world, a population of about a billion people lives in an underground cave that has growing grass, a forest of trees, an immensely deep lake to allow for rain to flow through the water cycle, ...
5
votes
2answers
459 views

Could Two Planets Form A Binary System?

For my current purposes, assume we have two planets identical to earth. So, could two of these planets form a stable binary system, and still be close enough to see the green foliage on the surface of ...
5
votes
2answers
229 views

What are reasonable rotation rates of an Earth-like world?

I have the radius, volume, mass and density figured out. It does not have a moon. I do wonder how that will affect the rotation. The Earth's rotation was considerably faster before the creation of the ...
5
votes
2answers
187 views

Is a Continent of Karstic Plateaus Feasible

The Tsingy National Park is popular for its unique karstic plateaus. These karstic plateaus are thousands of large sharp pillars or needles that stretch towards the sky, creating a wide variety of ...
5
votes
1answer
324 views

Mountaineers With Big Hearts and Even Bigger Lungs

No matter which mammal you are talking about, be it a rodent or a bat or a cat or an elephant or a whale, all have the same lung size--7% of the entire body volume. In this alternate scenario, there ...
5
votes
2answers
164 views

Would a More Extreme Icing of Antarctica Create an Extinction Event?

55 million years ago, the world was literally a jungle. It was so warm that plants like the bald cypress and the dawn redwood have been found at Ellesmere Island, right inside the Arctic Circle. ...
5
votes
2answers
333 views

How can a world have permanent dense fog?

I recently asked a question about how a world could have permanent cloud cover. The answer was to turn the world into venus. However, my purpose for cloud cover was to have the people living above ...
5
votes
1answer
182 views

How much time is needed for a belt of migrating vegetation?

If an earth-like planet was slowed down to very nearly match its orbital period, so that instead of being tidally-locked to its star, the planet effectively had an immensely long day. Akin to Mercury'...
5
votes
3answers
270 views

Metropolitan Mollusks and Seagrass Serengetis

Knowledge has come to me recently that mussels can suck up pollutants, making them crucial cleanup crews in the New York filth. This knowledge is the inspiration for this alternate scenario, in which ...
5
votes
0answers
630 views

How would medieval civilizations be changed if lands were seas and seas were lands? [closed]

If we lived on Earth, but with land and sea swapped, how would this affect civilizations on Earth? This would include a total topographic inversion of Earth, so The Mariana Trench would become the ...
5
votes
1answer
157 views

Are non-terrestrial ecologies possible? [duplicate]

I'm working on a story where interplanetary travelers occasionally have to deal with space spore contaminating their ships.  It's a very old form of life, and has spread throughout much of the ...
4
votes
4answers
639 views

What would make light pollution lethal or prohibiting?

Question I need something to make a city shut down any illuminating activity at night. Considerations The city is on the center of the a crater as on the picture except that the crater is in the ...
4
votes
8answers
967 views

What would cause a planet to be continually dim, yet still have heat?

You have a planet about the size of Earth. It needs to be continually dark, with just the slightest bit of light. Or no light at all. It makes little difference to the aliens that live there. But, ...
4
votes
4answers
323 views

Can a small island realistically have all these environments?

Would it be realistic for a (relatively) small island nation to have these features: A Forest A lake A snowy mountaintop A desert A bustling modern city How large would this island have to be in ...
4
votes
6answers
656 views

Impact on the sciences with helium instead of nitrogen

Suppose we have a planet whose atmosphere has roughly the same gaseous proportions as Earth, but helium replaces nitrogen, and has a strong hydrogen presence in the upper atmosphere; has a ...
4
votes
4answers
227 views

Is Earth-like habitable planet with erratic climate possible?

The conclusion of my question Is it possible to have a planet unsuitable for agriculture? was that the most plausible reason for preventing agriculture from developing (beside nomadic herding) was ...
4
votes
2answers
211 views

How much heat would a 1km asteroid release into earth's atmosphere?

I am writing a theory for a game that is in an apocalypse. An asteroid is heading for earth and will crash into the earth regardless in this theory. It is 1km in size but due to the YORP effect it has ...
4
votes
3answers
270 views

How could an interested billionaire deploy sensors to as much of the deep ocean as possible?

Consider a billionaire living on earth today. What would be the most effective way to deploy sensors to a vast area of the earth's sea depths? (Sea depths referring to the sea floor, and slightly ...
4
votes
3answers
273 views

Brine pool ecosystems

(Question in highlighted text) So, the chances are that you've heard of brine pools, which form when methane erupting from the seabed expose ancient salt deposits - the concentrated salt mixes with ...
4
votes
2answers
115 views

Planetary tidal locking causing asymetrical water distribution

Imagine a planet of roughly the same size as Earth with the same amount of land, the same atmosphere and the same proportion of water (other planetary parameters may vary from Earth like) that has ...
4
votes
2answers
114 views

How can a tree be used to conduct electricity?

A network is classified as two or more connected devices that share information. In this world, the inhabitants use a system of trees that operate similarly to super-computers. These trees collect and ...
4
votes
4answers
271 views

Can a continental scale creature develop it's own ecosystem? How?

I am designing a monster that is as large as a continent. It flies across the planet very slowly and has basically a snake form. Life cannot exist on the planet's surface so the animals are drawn to ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
398 views

What conditions would make a permanent turquoise sky?

How would this effect nature as a whole and our living conditions if it does? The color is not too far from blue so it should be more feasible and not change the Earth too much.
4
votes
4answers
839 views

Life on a planet with no land near poles

I have an Earth-sized planet in a Milky Way-like galaxy with all the land located at the equator, in a 2000-km line around the planet. There are small islands near the landmass, but no land anywhere ...
4
votes
2answers
279 views

Life in the Northern Hemisphere if Beringia Never Drowned

When one hears the name "Beringia", we most often think the land bridge that formed as a result of a drop in sea levels during the Pleistocene, resulting in a connection between Alaska and Russia. But ...
4
votes
4answers
344 views

Planet with Titanic tectonic plate

You see this little planet? Is a planet roughly the size of earth, just slightly smaller circumference by 50 kilometers and a smaller gravity of 0.8g with little variations around the world, just like ...
4
votes
4answers
333 views

What if smoking suddenly became much more lethal?

A… well, dream… of mine: what if smoking suddenly, overnight, became immediately lethal? To be more specific, this is about “active” smoking; bystanders aren’t affected. To make things more ...
4
votes
3answers
507 views

What would the flora on a Methane world be like?

Linked: What would animal life on a methane world look like and how would it evolve? What would the conditions on a methane world be like? How would an intelligent race on a methane world achieve a ...
4
votes
2answers
170 views

How would plants evolve with longer days?

(First post on StackExchange, hello world!) The project that I'm currently working on involves a Binary Planet system, both with life, although I'm only focusing on one. This planet has a climate ...
4
votes
4answers
298 views

Plausible homeworld for an insectoid-ish alien species?

I have a planned species of aliens that have many commonalities with longhorn crazy ants (cooperation with colonies of the same species, can live in a large variety of environments, and have the ...
4
votes
3answers
250 views

Radiotrophic Deep Sea Life?

Had a random thought. I was wondering if a uranium deposits underwater could result in radiotrophic plants or bacteria to sustain an ecosystem. One issue with this, is radiation has very short ...
4
votes
2answers
432 views

Tidal forces of tidally locked moon orbiting a gas giant

My setting is a habitable moon with freestanding water orbiting a gas giant. Originally I thought the gravity of the jovian world would tend to draw water toward the tidal bulge of the moon itself. ...
4
votes
3answers
207 views

Would it be possible to recreate planet Earth on a desolate planet that has with similar basic properties?

Would it be possible to recreate planet Earth and it's ecosystem on a desolate planet that has with similar basic properties? This planet has a similar temperature range to Earth, has no soil, only ...
4
votes
2answers
227 views

Preventing a primitive civilization from being exposed to light

Consider the following scenario: A world hosts a primitive civilization. This civilization is very basic, approximately stone-age but has not discovered fire yet. The ancestors of this civilization ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What cultural traits are common across biomes? [closed]

My question is: What are the cultural commonalities between peoples living in these biomes/terrains? The biomes currently factoring in my world-building include the following: Grasslands (including ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Effects of rainy zone in the desert?

Suppose there's an Earth-like planet. In the middle of the desert, a wizard/sorcerer/etc has enchanted a 30-mile-long rectangular area, so that, for two hours a night, clouds form and gently rain in ...
4
votes
2answers
306 views

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 ...
4
votes
6answers
603 views

Can gas giants be turned into solids?

Assume you have access to some very large amount of energy but there are no exceptions to currently known laws of physics (for example, you can't go faster than the speed of light). Is it possible ...
4
votes
1answer
103 views

Mountain Spring Inquiry

Details: Would it be possible to have a mountain spring that only flows occasionally, perhaps only for a few days, following moderate rainfall? The spring water would feed into an otherwise stagnant ...
4
votes
4answers
329 views

How can I get a habitable moon of a gas giant to cool once it is in the planet's shadow?

I'm currently heavily revising a story which is largely set on a habitable but not exactly hospitable moon of a gas giant orbiting on the outer edge (or just beyond) of the habitable zone around a Sun-...
4
votes
2answers
369 views

What would a world whose atmosphere is made up of primarily ammonia be like?

I'm trying to create a fictional world where the primary species breathes in gaseous nitrogen to survive (and hence relies on ammonia). I'm currently working with a planet that would be about the same ...
4
votes
2answers
166 views

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 ...