Questions tagged [environment]

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What would a floating castle look like after it hit the ground [duplicate]

So basically, there’s this giant floating island with a whole kingdom built on it. When the magic that’s holding it up fails, it hits the ground (middle of the ocean) at a high speed. The actual story ...
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How could humanoids evolve without having once been treedwellers?

We look the way we do because our ancestors were once tree climbers of forests that started to recede and then they moved to the land and stood upright to carry food better. Could alien life evolve to ...
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In what ways is a food chain like this most likely to evolve?

There was a nuclear war in my world Anthropocene. It caused a mass extinction of numerous animals on the planet, so many I can’t cover them all completely, so I’ll tell you what animals are left: ...
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Planet with stained atmosphere

I'm currently writing a script about planetary colonization. And I've got the idea of a planet with a kind of "colored stains" in its atmosphere but still suitable for life in both locations....
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Giant bugs part 1: nature

So a little bit ago I asked a question that asked multiple questions so my new strategy is too ask multiple questions. First off this first question is going to revolve around the bugs themselves and ...
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The food chain was destroyed. How is it remade?

There was a nuclear war in my world Anthropocene. It caused a mass extinction of numerous animals on the planet, so many I can’t cover them all completely, so I’ll tell you what animals are left: ...
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What plant crops can grow using only 75% light intensity? [closed]

Are there any plant crops that can grow reliably well at only 75% light illumination?
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Enhanced Rock Weathering in the Sahel Region of Africa [closed]

A recent Guardian article "Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air" has gotten some attention in the nongovernmental and UN organizations working in the Sahel ...
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What would be the ecological impact of short days in summer and long days in winter?

While working on the cosmology of a flat world, I came up with a satisfactory arrangement that would result in the following: Summer: Short, hot days and long, dark, hot nights. Winter: Long, cold ...
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Threats in a post-apocalyptic world without mutants?

So, today I asked a question about whether or not the mutants in my world were realistic Realistic mutated animals in a post-nuclear Earth? and apparently from the answers I got, they sadly weren’t, ...
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Can you naturally grow houses?

I'm Worldbuilding, and in my world, people can grow houses from seeds. My world is not a Fantasy one. Could this theoretically work, and if so, how? (Images by Finnian MacManus) To start the growth ...
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How many types of zombies? [closed]

So everyone who knows a little bit about biology has a vague idea that after catastrophic events or Apocalypses there's always a boom in the variety of animals which evolve. Creatures like us only ...
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Could a new impact basin be responsible for desiccating an entire planet?

Situation: A planet similar in size to the Earth has a Eurasia+ sized continent at its South Pole. It is hit by a huge asteroid near its South Pole. This would produce a very large crater/basin. ...
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How would a humanoid species adapt to live in a area that is covered in semiperminant mist/fog?

So I have been working on world-building regarding a humanoid race living in a sheltered archipelago. The archipelago is sheltered from the open sea by the edge of a mountainous, densely forested ...
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Habitable planet with extreme hot and cold regions that is not tidally locked

I would like to create a world with a temperate habitable zone as well as very hot and very cold zones. The hotter and the colder the better, but I don’t want it to be tidally locked. How can I do ...
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Minimum housing standards for Single meal self-sufficiency

In my culture we place a high value on self-sufficiency. This means that according to tradition at least one meal a year must be prepared from ingredients that have been grown at home. This is going ...
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Are there plausible planetary conditions that make aircraft less effective weapons against ships?

IE, atmosphere density, gravity, chemical composition of land, air and sea... Somewhat of a counterpart to my own Are there *plausible* planetary conditions where jet aircraft just don't have ...
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Effects of a star and planet on human evolution

Possible Human Evolution I am working on a series set in Alpha Centauri where (in the universe) there are 4 main habitable worlds and a couple that have protected surface dwellings. As well, there ...
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Could a population lemurs evolve to suite colder climates and fill the niche or similar niche of squirrels?

In my world there is a southern continent that features some of the fauna from Madagascar and this includes the lemur. I’m wondering if the lemurs that live on this warm southern continent could ...
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To the World of Death?

In a nearby star system to Earth, there lies an... interesting planet. Thirty thousand atmospheres of pressure, "surface" temperature of 5,500 kelvin, an atmosphere made of gaseous sillicates and ...
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What are the consequences of an earth overgrown with plants?? [closed]

Imagine if humans solved the climate crisis by developing plants that grew almost like a cancer. Imagine the growth as exponential, uncontrollable, and any chances of cutting down the trees would be ...
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When earth is filled to the brim with plant-life, can it cause a hyperoxic environment?

Say humans found a way to exponentially increase the capability of plants to grow. Is it possible for it to cause an environment that can cause oxygen toxicity in humans?
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How would Aliens care for “endangered” humans? [closed]

Sci-fi novel. Book is told from the POV of a alien that works at the sanctuary. I don't think this is too important, but the aliens are sort of an anthro-snail that lives on the underground and ...
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How can a nation that preys on its neighbors survive in the long term?

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An predatory empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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What new types of environments are possible on an intelligently designed habitat? [closed]

Humans have taken the stars and are capable of building pretty much anything they want(but the laws of physics are still the same), and a group of them decide they want to make a habitat with a ...
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How Would Hominids Evolve to a Mountain Environment

My non-magic fantasy world has a species of hominid that lives in a huge and wide sierra of mountains. If they had split off from the (now dominant) human species a couple million years ago, (say ...
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How do my plants trap so much carbon?

The boom-bust cycle answer I took for my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere pends on the atmosphere being rich in oxygen but poor in CO2. I, however, ...
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How to survive outside a bunker during nuclear winter?

Nuclear War has just destroyed much. You’re a human living far out in a rural community in the US, or Russia or wherever. You’ve managed to avoid the direct destruction caused by the bombs going off. ...
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Could a red tree exist?

I recently started to wonder what a tree would be like on an alien world, and one thing that popped in mind for these trees was their color. The hosts star and environment would have a effect on said ...
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Without powered greenhouses or trade, what's the coldest possible climate for a sustainable nation?

In a setting where an empire establishes an island colony far to the north, what is the coldest climate such a colony could sustainably survive were that empire to collapse and stop sending supply ...
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Plausible reasons for a whole planet to have a temperate oceanic climate?

In my book series, I’m worldbuilding a planet whose culture is based on Celtic mythology and history, and in order to be consistent with real life I feel like the whole planet’s environment needs to ...
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Effect of high frequency of impact events on geography,climate, and environment

Earth sized planet in the goldilocks zone. Similar mineral composition and surface water. Photosynthetic life evolves and thrives on land and sea. Atmosphere and climate comparable to the beginning ...
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What environment would Orcs be best adapted for?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? so basic characteristics of my ...
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What environment would Giants be best adapted for?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? some basic characteristics of ...
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How can natural chimerism be advantageous to a species?

Genetic chimerism is a condition in which a single organism is composed of cells with more than one distinct genotype. In animals, this means an individual derived from two or more zygotes, which can ...
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What is colder a cold planet or vacuum of space? [closed]

Considering a cold planet , very cold one, would an environmental suit be specifically needed for such an environment or a spaceuit would be enough? Considering the planet has an atmosphere to ...
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How do I stop Megalodon from going extinct?

A long time ago, the 60 foot long Megalodon roamed the oceans. Fast forward to 2.6 million years ago and they went extinct. In the story I'm writing Megalodon hasn't gone extinct surviving at least up ...
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What would be the repercussions of Megalodon never going extinct? [closed]

A long time ago the 60ft long Megalodon roamed the oceans, fast forward to 2.6 million years ago and they went extinct (and yes they definitely went extinct don't let the discovery channel fool you). ...
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What circumstances would encourage polyandry across a species as the most likely outcome? [duplicate]

In this world, the nuclear family took a different route. The wife of a household would marry multiple husbands. This would usually be two, although wealthier wives might have more if they can support ...
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In an Ice Age Extinction, Which Latitude Would Be Hit Harder--Tropical or Temperate?

Back home, five million years ago, the warm, wet climate of the Miocene sloped downwards into the cooler, drier Pliocene before descending even further into the more so Pleistocene. The slope was so ...
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How long would it take for wildlife to colonize a newly exposed habitat?

A magical calamity has wiped out an area about twice as big as Germany. The calamity also altered the climate in the region from one supporting forests and grasslands to a desert similar to the ...
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How quickly could a rogue Earth return to habitability after a deep freeze?

Background A large star makes a relatively close approach to a solar system like our own and the orbits of many of the planets are badly perturbed. A planet similar to Earth is in the wrong place at ...
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Global warming through waste heat?

Let's assume a world where humanity managed to stabilize the climate again and maybe even reversed the effects of the current climate change. (So that we can ignore the current global warming in this ...
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Where could Elves build a self sufficient stronghold?

light Elves now a days are mostly peaceful but they weren't always. a long time ago their was a mighty Elven empire being the first to smelt steel while the other races were still using bronze armor ...
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How to construct an Earth-like world with very high wind speeds

I want to create a world where humans can live outside (perhaps with some protective clothing) but where very high winds exist in almost all potentially habitable areas making life outside impossible ...
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Feasibility of a massive and nigh-permanent sandstorm?

In my military sci fi story in which a squad of private contractors have to contend with hostile creatures reliant on scent and mechanoreception to hunt, I wanted to keep the sci-fi 'hard' and ...
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what is the highest altitude a group of Yetis could live at?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Pseudo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: have human level ...
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What would a planet with a notably high sulfur content but otherwise Earthlike composition be like? [closed]

I'm currently working on making a planet with mostly Earthlike chemistry, but I want to throw something into the mix to make it distinctly different from Earth and most likely uninhabitable to ...
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Which human-made monuments would still be standing thousands of years after an apocalyptic event? [duplicate]

It has been several thousand years since an apocalypse happened. The cause was some kind of explosion, be it nukes or a extinction-event meteor. Humans have persisted, as they do, and have effectively ...
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Reality Check on Forest Placement

I'm trying my hand at this new map-making program and while I know the basics of rivers and mountains, I realized I don't know the fundamentals of where to put forests. I've tried to follow the rules ...

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