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Where would Elves build a self sufficient stronghold?

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 and ...
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The Great Oxidation Event…Artificially Imposed on a Tharn-Like Alternate Earth

From 2.4 to either 2.1 or two billion years ago, Earth underwent a surge in a waste product that we know as "oxygen". Before that, life thrived in an ocean rich with iron under an atmosphere loaded ...
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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 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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If people were the size of cats, and the land was scaled down accordingly, what would the size of England be?

So imagine people were the size of house cats, and the world's land masses were scaled down accordingly (in volume). In comparison to the original size of the landmass, how big would England be? And ...
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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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How Could People Utilize a Hypereutrophic Sea?

In a previous post I asked about the feasibility of connecting the ocean to a dried sea bed with hand tools and it was pointed out how environmentally disastrous this would be. So the bronze age ...
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Is my river map even remotely realistic?

Hello there, it's my first time posting, so I'm sorry if I'm going against formatting. I'm making a continent for a fantasy setting, and have been firstly focusing on geography. This continent should ...
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What would it take to slow down fermentation? (Specific: Wine / grape juice)

I am working on a story about a person who was raised on an earth-like planet and later moves to our earth. The planet he is from specializes in fruit juice and alcohol making, in specific, wine. When ...
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World with low amount of oxygen like Everest dead zone: can life be complex?

Imagine an Earth-like world with oceans, some complex vegetative and animal life, but with an extreme low amount of oxygen in the atmosphere, let's say one third of what we are accustomed to, like the ...
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Are planets like the “To'ul'hian Worlds” from Orion's Arm plausible?

The Orion's Arm Universe Project includes a description of what they call "To'ul'hian Worlds", planets that are (in the simplest of terms) a cross between Earth and Venus. I'm working on designing a ...
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How extreme can a habitable tidaly locked world be?

I want to create a tidally locked world with a habitable (broadly Earth like atmosphere and biome that humans could breathe and live in) band stretching around the terminator pole to pole. There would ...
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Can I use an active flood basalt province as a “biome” without messing my world up?

I want to use the an active large ignious province (LIP) as a "biome" on a continent in my world. This video about the Siberian Traps inspired me. A LIP modeled after the Siberian Traps gives you a ...
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Looking for an existing facility that contains enclosed areas with extreme temperatures

I would like to create a scenario where an unarmed individual leads its victims into a room that can be fully enclosed and then heated up to unsafe temperatures such that the victim would likely ...
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Pharbohydrates vs Carbohydrates

Question: Are there are any serious biological or evolutionary plausibility issues with separating the energy storage/production function from the production of structural/regulatory biomass? ...
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How big can Europan fish get?

Assumptions: Jupiter's moon Europa has a salty subsurface ocean in contact with a rocky mantle. The ocean is populated by hydrothermal vents produced by tidal heating. Global heat flow is similar to ...
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A Horse of Many Different Colors…Out in the Open Plains

In mapping the ecology of an alternate Earth where the family Equidae still exists but the genus Equus does not, it is usually difficult to find a biologically suitable mythological horse as a ...
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What would happen if all stars disappeared?

I'm imagining a hypothetical scenario based on the Big Rip theory of the end of the universe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rip), where eventually the expansion of the universe causes everything ...
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What environmental factors would prevent electronics from developing?

Humans developed technology from sticks and stones to computers and rockets in thousands of years. However most of this is only possible given access to certain elements like iron, copper and the like....
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Minor terraforming that allows people, and doesn't inconvenience local flora and fauna

What I'm looking at doing is a small game where you land on a planet, and the atmosphere is not survivable by a human being, but there is local life. Over the course of the game, terraforming has to ...
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The Fate of Marsupials in a More Southerly Australia

For the longest time, Australia and Antarctica were one and the same. It wouldn't be until 30 million years ago that Australia broke up from Antarctica. Nowadays, the distance between Australia and ...
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Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures ...
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How would X-Seed 4000(s) affect the weather?

So, the X-Seed 4000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Seed_4000) is a rather large lad. The tallest building ever fully realized. Let's just say that, in five decades, they decide to actually build ...
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Feasibility of the coral highlands

In the game Monster Hunter World, there is a place called the coral highlands. The coral highlands is one of the most spectacular things to look at in the game, having a resemblance to a ocean without ...
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Feasibility of the rotten vale

I recently asked a question about’ “The feasibility of the coral highlands”, which come from a game called “Monster Hunter World”. In the game, there is another place, called, “The Rotten Vale”, which ...
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Can a plant be grown in a vacuum chamber [closed]

Thats my question please answer it
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Ideal sun type and corresponding effects for a terrestrial planet with 256 days in a year?

The planet has 256 days in a year, split up into eight months, each with 32 days. My planet is a bit smaller than Earth: Think, enough space for the continents of Earth’s western hemisphere and the ...
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How to get Wood if my story takes place in a desert? [closed]

Okay so my story takes place on a desert planet, and the plot revolves around nomadic people who get from place to place with the help of wooden wagons (think Oregon trail). Well, I need some way for ...
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Does living without access to sunlight for extended periods have known physical or psychological effects on humans?

Humans (even programmers :-) ) are used to having some access to natural light, but in a colony in space, on the dark side of a tidally-locked planet, or underground (for example) this won't happen. ...
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How do i worldbuild planetary regolith

The planet needs to be able to support life but initially ve devoid of it. Which I would think would make it's Soil like that of a desert. The regolith may be important for early agriculture. It can ...
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How can methane hydrates mining affect earth other than it’s climate?

My story take place in 200 years forward post apocalypstic war between two faction which the (villain) protagonist side have massive fuel economy disadvantages compare to their enemy who mastered bio ...
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How tall could a fictional cactus species realistically grow?

I had an idea for a new world that included cactus forests, with cactuses the size of a giant sequoia. Is this realistic?
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do these mountains look to be in realistic locations?

I'm getting into mapmaking, which I enjoy, but some of the specifics of realism still elude me. I know generally how plate tectonics work, but I was hoping to get some help on a specific example. I ...
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Effect of brighter suns on eyes on a creature on a world orbiting a red dwarf

I know that red dwarf stars are dimmer than ours. But I also know that red dwarf stars emit a lot of infrared light, so creatures on a world orbiting it would have eyes that see infrared light. If a ...
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Cheapest material per ton on earth?

What is the cheapest material per ton that one could purchase on our Earth in the 21st century? This could also include the cheapest material per ton to harvest so dirt may seem like the obvious ...
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Super insulated box/room to store extreme heat possible?

Is it possible in 21st century Earth for someone to create a small super insulated box to store heat like an "anti-freezer" such as putting lava inside the box and the box not being hot to the touch ...
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I'm building a fantasy world with three large moons and orbiting a distant sun. I need help with the following: [closed]

1 - What might the days and nights be like, in terms of comparative temperatures and length, with three moons gravity and a massive orbit?
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If North America and Latin America unified into one country, how would the highway system work?

Canada, the US, and Mexico all have pretty nice highways. However, that isn’t the case with most Latin America countries that don’t even have paved highways. Would the supercountry use all of its ...
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If I have an Earth-like world with Earth-like fauna, and I want brightly-colored mammals, what would be a realistic way of causing that to evolve?

On Earth, while birds and reptiles can be quite brightly colored, it's rare for mammals to have any bright colors, and the rare times they do, it's either just slightly different (like with orangutans)...
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The case of the sexist plant

Let's say we have a species of plant, that, for whatever reason, only wants to be pollenated by female pollinators. Maybe this gives some advantage to the plant and/or pollinator. Why would a plant ...
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Why would a berry have a slow-acting poison?

Plant poisons in our world (that I'm familiar with) have operational half-lives in the order of seconds to maybe a day to reach full effects. This is because poisons are a defense mechanism and work ...
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How to Stop All the Wind on Earth

We have a question that covers what would happen if the world didn't have any wind. What I want to know is how we would get there in the first place. Given that we aren't using any magic, what would ...
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What could cause my millennium-long ice ages?

Here on earth, it takes about 90,000 years for major ice sheets to build up, and another 10,000 for them to collapse, resulting in 100,000 year cycles of major glaciation, from what I understand. ...
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Citywide Abandonment of Law Enforcement at World's End?

Building out a place less than 100 years in the future where the world is finally in agreement that it's coming to an end, in about 10 years or less. The air is trash, high government people are in ...
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How Long Can a Burnt Postapocalyptic Forest Be Barren?

Lately, I have been reading word that our latest epidemic of firestorms is so severe that "trees won't plant themselves naturally", according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Indeed, the picture of a ...
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What would be the effect of a giant magical fireball burning in the ocean?

Original prompt: "What would be the effect of a giant magic fireball burning in the ocean? Imagine there's a magical fireball that stays in one spot in the middle of the ocean and emits heat at a ...
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How would humans live in a world made primarily of glass?

Setup: Earth developed in an alternate universe with small oceans and little water. A little before animals first left the oceans and began to walk on land, when all of Earth's land was barren sand, ...
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Less boring classifications of earth-like terrain when making maps

When creating a map for a fantasy world, I typically add broad top-level descriptions for terrain. Mountains here, forests there, a river, a swamp etc. Watch any nature documentary, and each terrain ...

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