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Cooking in a hyperbaric kitchen?

Let's say you're in Atlantis, which happens to be 1 km below sea level It's also at equilibrium with the sea. You have been born there and are fully acclimated to the pressure, in air which is made ...
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Would it be possible for a pre-industrial society to construct islands?

I am envisioning a scenario in which, probably for reasons of persecution or overpopulation, a people would begin to construct islands in the sea. Each island would be fairly close to the others and ...
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How could a galaxy be damaged by a civilization's industrial expansionism in ways that mirror our own current climate crisis?

There are several stellar environmental results from sentient industrial over-expansionism that I can imagine ie. star lifting that results in entire systems becoming frozen husks and debris from ...
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Is a harsh environment conducive to the evolution of a peaceful society?

The aliens I am writing are a very soft-hearted civilisation, lacking many of the aspects that make us (humans) pretty vile creatures depending on the perspective. This harmonious behaviour seems like ...
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Low G vs High G planets and floating species

So, i want to make a planet with these requirements: A higher surface pressure than earth, and an atmosphere that could last long enough for intelligent life to appear. (If possible), medium or large ...
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How could earths life adapt on a new planet?

I have read the comments and thank you. I'm new to this website and I will continue to fix my mistakes until you people don't get confused. The planets gravity is 10.8m/s^2. I've read some where that ...
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What would a giant corpse island actually be like?

Context There is an inland sea called the Poisoned sea (name subject to change), which is around the size of the Mediterranean sea. A vast majority of the land masses in the Poisoned sea are the ...
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How long can this planet hold its atmosphere?

Humans are looking for a permanent home. They colonized Mars and later terraformed it, temporarily, before being forced out of the solar system entirely when the Sun went all Red-Giant on them a few ...
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Is a rainforest (or any single-biome) planet feasible

Various sci-fi movies often have single-biome planets (such as Tatooine, for example). Obviously a desert planet is possible (witness: Mars), but what about a more complex ecosystem, such as a ...
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What causes the bubbles of marshes and swamps? [closed]

One of the common fantasy scenarios are swamps, marshes, bogs, tar pits or even sewers, with a dark and loomy atmosphere, and gas bubbles popping everywhere. What causes these bubbles? Is it the heat, ...
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UBER-BAMBOOs: The Baobab Bamboo

I want a tall tree. But I also want a fat tree. And I want a fast tree. Now, tall and fast are covered by one plant that I have in mind: bamboo. Fat is covered by another: Baobabs. I want a tree/grass ...
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Earthquake-prone civilisation — could floating cities be the answer?

This question is fairly self-explanatory. The civilisation in my story is in an earthquake-prone area due to lots of tectonic plates. Could using magic to make their cities levitate and thus not be ...
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Would These Three Actions Allow the Ecoregions to Regrow?

This scenario begins with multitudes of vanishings from around the world, at the same time. All of the domesticated animals (dog, goat, pig, sheep, European cattle, zebu, cat, chicken, Guinea pig, ...
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Can an ocean and beach only planet exist with an O2 breathable atmosphere?

I'm creating a planet, and I want it to be: A windy place, with ocean everywhere (like the earth) The same pressure & composition at sea level (like the earth) Only one biome: A beach. The entire ...
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What would the weather be like on a infinite gentle slope?

Imagine a Yorkshire hill. This place is like that Yorkshire hill in all aspects except for those I describe. Its size is 100km by 100km, with a slope of 0.5%. When going up the slope and crossing the ...
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Would people still be able to utilize Iron Alloy tools, Structures, Weapons & Armour in a Medieval high-oxygen world?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when carboniferous life like the Meganeura dragonfly inhabit the landscape. A few ...
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How much biological overlap would there be between a mirror life ecosystem and an Earthly ecosystem?

Background: Chiral molecules or ions are particles which cannot be made congruent to one another via flipping one or rotating one. For example, the same property applies to your hands, assuming that ...
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What would be the largest animal that could exist within a grassland ecosystem dominated by machines?

For the story that I am writing currently, it is set on a colonized planet thousands of years after machines wiped out most of the human colony that were established there, and would go on to form an ...
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What are the adverse environmental effects of using size enhancing vegetables?

The lilliputians have been growing magic cucumbers that, when eaten, temporarily lets them grow to the size of a normal person. They've all gotten addicted to their newfound gigantism, but either the ...
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Seasonal Weather in a Forest with Polar Night

I'm investigating the feasibility of a world where there are taiga forests located far enough north to experience a significant polar night, say, no civil twilight for at least a few months. Inside ...
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Would a species of giant ape be able to live in an taiga?

In my world, I plan on having a species (not a race) of giant apes that inhabit an island around the size of Italy. This island is still heavily forested in many places, although the development of ...
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Ecologically Correct Land Fish

The land fish is a species of fish that is, as the name implies, fully terrestrial. Their anatomy is still fish-like, though. Specifically, they have a wide head like a monkfish, with the mouth on the ...
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How could force fields be stopped? [closed]

My fantasy world has magic. Magic you are born with, and magic that can be learned. The mechanics of the force field the main characters are trapped in is that when you go in you can't leave. You are ...
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Are boomalopes possible? aka a species that produces a flammable fuel?

I was inspired by this creature in a game called rimworld the creature when killed explodes and leaves a fireball ,and a corpse , when it does. The sacks on it contain a liquid that can be used as ...
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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 super continent have diverse life and climates?

In my story, a group of scientific explorers go on a expedition to a planet, and I am not sure if it should be a super continent or multiple continents because of the diverse life there could be on a ...
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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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