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What would a glassed planet really look like?

While the Halo franchise has used it a lot, other franchises have also mentioned/threatened with the idea of glassing a planet. The sheer heat of the attacks used on the planet to make it ...
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Believably Enhancing Actuator Machinery Performance through Ground Detection Techniques in Articulated Mechanical Racehorse Hooves

My hero is an ingenious technician held captive in a pirate enclave and serving them in the mechanical maintenance of their steampunk race horses. Similar to pod racing in Star Wars I: The Phantom ...
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The Smallest Sun

What is the smallest sun that can exist in nature? Could a civilization develop an artificial sun that will fit inside the planet?
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What planetary conditions would lead to a rough terrain?

I'm designing a world where humans find it easier to travel using arachnoskeletons, exoskeletons that have 8 spider-like legs. I thought that these legs would be the most effective for traversing ...
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Algorithm for creating realistic flying (voxel) islands [closed]

I am currently working on a part of a game that has voxel-based terrain, a bit like Minecraft. There are different kinds of „blocks“ like stone, dirt, sand, etc. But the story/setting requires that I ...
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What kind of horseshoes work best on a molten lead track?

There is a horse race happening in Hell. Hell is very rocky and prone to earthquakes, so the best place for the racetrack is on a river of molten lead. This makes for a flat course with obvious ...
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How to make a pump for lots of molten lead?

If I had a steady and powerful wind source and wanted to run a continuous flow of liquid lead, what method would work best to lift the fluid? One benefit of this fluid is that the machinery will be ...
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How to maintain large ships in hostile atmosphere?

The simplest effective method for maintaining large flying vessels is needed My society is a pirate haven which has low technology and resources. They have jury-rigged some system to keep the fleet ...
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Why can't the military stop my hidden pirate haven from illegal gambling and smuggling?

My pirate safe haven runs gambling rings, horse races, and trades contraband but no one can find it or penetrate it. Why? I've got a story revolving around pirates and a rescue. The pirates have a ...
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Why do people blow up here?

My organolithium environment planet needs to be chemically stabilized But I don't know which compounds could physically evolve on a planet to form an atmosphere and seas wherein humans would ...
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Midway through Terraforming Venus

I was watching a quite interesting Kurzgesagt video, Here. How would the surface of Venus look after freezing the CO2 out of the atmosphere? At around 5:28, we see that the atmospheric pressure is 3 ...
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Replacing heavy cranes with airships for alien city building? Pros/cons?

We are doing construction on an alien world with unbreathable air This creates a very big problem for a growing city which needs to expand. Workers cannot go outside safely for long periods. Goal: ...
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Method of expanding a city in toxic environment

A city on an alien desert needs to expand, here is the method I feel should be cost-effective and cheap. Use the image below for reference. A square area is mapped out and leveled off for the ...
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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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A 19th century proximity suit

If 19th century workers needed to be working in an environment much like the inside an active volcano for several hours, would they have materials to make a proximity suit to do this? Assuming working ...
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How could we (modern humans) get established on a hot planet?

Consider a planet similar to Mustafar (of the Star Wars franchise). Ambient temperatures and pressures are nearly 400 Celsius and 80 ATM. The story is that a surviving crew of normal humans is running ...
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How Would A Tribal Chiefdom Govern a Colossal Land Area?

In the book series I'm currently working on, there's an archipelago around the size of Australia that is headed by a single tribal chief in the capital city of Jubenar. The archipelago is very ...
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Could terrain like this form on Earth? If so, how?

I am creating an RPG and came across an image that I wanted to base my landscape on. It is shown above. Is it possible for terrain like that to form on Earth (ignore the wildlife)? If it is, how could ...
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How could Ice Spikes naturally occur?

Working on a medieval setting I thought of the idea of a biome similar to Minecraft Ice Spike Plains where this ice structures naturally occur. These structures in particular are tall and sharp towers ...
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High Mountains in High Gravity

What would cause/allow a planet with very high gravity to have tall, sharp mountains? Mountain height is generally capped off by gravity, erosion, and the mountains composition. On a higher gravity ...
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Giant rock spikes sticking out of the ground

Would it be possible for huge, hundreds-of-metres-long spikes of rock, ideally slanting at an angle, to arise under natural processes? For clarity, I mean like this: Copyright Joe Jesus There are ...
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What would a sea made of Iodine look like? [closed]

If it was possible, what would a sea made of liquid state Iodine look like? How would it smell? From my research, I've seen people saying its liquid state is somewhat "invisible" since it generates a ...
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Aside from low gravity, what conditions favor dramatic terrain?

Fantasy and sci-fi works often are set in worlds of dramatic terrain, because, well... it's dramatic. A few examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about: I understand that Earth has some ...
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What would conditions be like at the hyperbolic horizon? [closed]

I am imagining a fantasy world where the horizon is a real place. If you travel to where the dome of the sky appears to meet the ground, you can even find intrepid human settlements on the edge of - ...
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How could I scientifically explain a world where the surface is made out of pillars?

Imagine a world full of islands. No continents, just average-sized islands. There are so many islands, that it would look a bit like this from space: Now, imagine that the sea is very, very deep. I'm ...
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If a patch of desert were magically displaced to the middle of a forest, what would happen to the whole forest after certain periods of time?

First of all, I am tagging this with the magic because this phenomena is not a result of something natural. What would happen to a whole forest region if a patch of desert magically appeared at its ...
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How would the landscape appear under the influence of extreme windstorms?

I'm building a world with almost weekly extreme windstorms, driving the residents to either live underground or in the 'wind shadow' of sealed-off valleys. To sum up the windstorms' power, "You know ...
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Could vegetation potentially regrow on vitrified ground?

In this world, a planet with very dense vegetation (earth-tropical-forest-like) and silica containing soil was attacked by spaceships which fired very high energy laser beams across the planet's ...
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We have Altitude Sickness... but what about Depth Sickness? [closed]

Question inspired by Made in Abyss. So for whatever reason, our world has a large crater/hole tens of kilometers in diameter and maybe 100 km deep (maybe our world's crust is a little thicker, maybe ...
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A water cycle in an underground setting

The ozone layer depleted beyond reasonable levels and life on the surface has become impossible and life migrated underground in giant caves connected together by tunnels. Some of those caves have ...
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Underground Terrain Types / Biomes / Agriculture

I'm creating a fantasy-world generator. So far I've got it generating a reasonably good surface map, complete with terrain, cities, and borders. Here's a link for anybody who wants to try it: https://...
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Is a Fire-Freeze Planet Possible?

Just thinking if it is possible to have a Fire-Freeze Planet? A planet with permanent Ice cover on one hemisphere while a hot terrain on the other side of it. A planet that may have moderate ...
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Atlantropa: How bad could it be

Atlantropa, Herman Sörgel's proposal to turn vast swathes of the Mediterranean Sea into livable dry land by installing five hydroelectric dams (the main one across the Strait of Gibraltar), is an ...
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Can life arise on a brown dwarf?

Brown dwarfs are celestial bodies in the gray area between planet and star. They're huge, gaseous, hot compared to planets, and come in all different kinds. (1) Is it possible for life to develop in ...
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Large Thick but Hollow Planet with small inner planet

Earlier today I came across this question, asking as to the effects of having a planet with a shell around it acting as a planet itself, so there was a planet within a planet with neither in contact ...
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How would society look if it was entirely dependent on a particular group of people?

Imagine a place where the environment is too extreme for human habitation without a lot of modern, specialist equipment. Let's say it's like one of the poles: massively below zero, awful weather, dark ...
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All the rivers run west

I'd like to construct a planet where the rivers all run east to west, but I need a plausible reason for them to do so. Rivers run from high altitude to low, but also I suppose there is the coriolis ...
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Resolving Environmental Implications of an Extremely Massive Mountain

I am doing some work within the setting of the Exalted tabletop role-playing game. In broad brush strokes, the defining feature of the world is the five elemental poles: Water (west), Wood (east), Air ...
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Hollow planet with another planet inside it

I was wondering what would happen if there was a planet with a "shell" of stone entirely surrounding it (not connected, just held in place by gravity), with a few holes all the way through the outer ...
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How can the terrain of a large area change abruptly in a short period of time?

By "short period of time", I'm referring to the timeframe of weeks to months (not days or hours). For example: at the start of one day the land is flat, but after a few weeks or months there is a ...
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