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Questions tagged [erosion]

For questions about the natural process by which landmasses can change shape.

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Lifespan of abandoned buildings

I'm exploring a post-apocalyptic world and want to build a realistic scenario for the condition of abandoned ruins. What would you estimate to be the lifespan of the following building types? And by ...
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How long would a flat Earth last?

As we all know the Earth is flat. Once upon a time a group of explorers set off with the idea of proving that the world was round and that there was a route to the spice islands the other way, but the ...
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Long term effects of erosion

What could be the effects of erosion on a rocky Earth-sized planet on a universal time scale (in the order of $10^{40}$ years)? Let's assume that: The source of sunlight is endless and almost ...
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Methods to Stabilize Geology in Large Artificial Space Environments

Everyone loves a Dyson Sphere or a Ring World, so much more room to enjoy than a traditional round planetoid, it's all about space efficiency for the advanced civilizations. There are however a ...
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Erosion of buildings on geological timescales

I'm looking at a science fiction scenario similar to Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness where buildings are exposed to the elements for millions of years. I have a feeling they wouldn't be quite ...
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Major Mountain Ranges…Minus the Ice [closed]

The most major mountain ranges in the world have proven themselves to be distinctive. This distinctiveness is made possible only by a recent history of being sculpted and resculpted by ice. Rocky ...
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How much can we learn from a grain of sand?

I've wondered about this for years. Reading one of the books in the Inheritance Cycle, I came across a stipulation. It stated that if observed enough, a grain of sand could render to the viewer the ...
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What is the expected terrain for an arid highly eccentric Earth-like planet?

For this question lets take a trip to Slyo Dacas: Slyo Dacas (sil-yo-dak-iss) is a world roughly the same size of Earth with a decent magnetic field and no moons. The world is a bit drier than ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Underwater geography

Creating a realistic world map - Erosion covered the various factors that govern the topography of a world. Rivers, wind, heat, and plants are some of the most important factors. Underwater, though, ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Erosion

Once geological processes have created a landscape a number of factors come into play in order to reshape it. This includes weather and climate effects such as wind, rain and ice reshaping the terrain....