Questions tagged [extreme-terrain]

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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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A 19th century proximity suit

If 19th century workers needed to be inside an active volcano for several hours, would they have materials to make a proximity suit to do this? Assuming working temperatures of 900°F for 4 hours, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...