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How does one hide a floating island in the sky from anyone below looking up?

So, floating islands are a pretty common trope at least in the media I've consumed, and one thing that sort of stands out - oftentimes, they're meant to be a reveal to a larger world (Either as part ...
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How do I stop people from creating artificial islands using the magic particles that suspend my floating islands?

I have a setting that involves floating islands that coast slowly across a planet. There are multiple tiers separated by cloud layers, however the surface is inaccessible to my floating islanders. In ...
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Could extremely tall towers be held up by balloons so that they don't collapse under their own weight?

"Tower" may be a misleading word choice for what I have in mind. My approach to building vertical structures is a bit different, more on that later. There are two main issues that plague ...
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How to stop water runoff on floating islands that lack an available surface

I am building a world with islands floating in air, and I'm looking for solutions to loss of water from runoff/erosion (think rivers emptying off the side of the islands). The islands vary in size, ...
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Why is overpopulation not an issue on a floating island where people can live for a long time

In my setting there are large floating islands and much smaller floating islands that flow in random directions. Smaller ones sometimes contain mini ecosystems or ore veins that are extremely useful ...
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How do (near future) people travel between floating islands?

In the near future, the surface of the Earth becomes magically unlivable. However, luckily for people, there are now magically floating islands in the skies (typically 5000-8000 feet above the surface)...
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Is it possible for a planet to have floating islands caused by the magnetism? [duplicate]

I am working on this planet that has several moons and - possibly - rings. In the planet's earliest era after its inception, it was hit by a large meteor that dislodged huge chunks of earth. I'm ...
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How can I hide a flying city? [closed]

In my writings I've created an island I need to hide. The island itself is around 100-200 square miles in area and the island rests around 12,000 feet in the air and is surrounded by a mountain range ...
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How would a world composed of floating tectonic plates (Chaos) work?

In the world of Chaos for a book/TV series I may create, a super Earth planet was embroiled in a 100 year long war, until the advanced Rhiobanna Dominion used a massive web of underground nukes to ...
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Could floating trees lead to floating islands?

Trees with their roots and everything basically hold on to a section of land(dirt/stone/whatever) if one thinks about it. A certain species of tree has fibrous roots and a poisonous, flexible, vine-...
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Day/night in Aether

An extremely powerful wizard decided to create a new dimension as a birthday present for his wife, this dimension is composed of flying islands inhabited by fantastic plants and animals. The islands ...
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Maximizing efficiency of the The geodesic sphere (literally being on cloud nine)

I’ve read about the geodesic sphere from other questions here and the underlying thing that confuses me isn’t the materials or the physics since both work, it’s making people live inside one. But what ...
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Can wind blow floating objects in predictable cyclical routes?

I'm imagining a world where magic lets massive skyscraper-sized crystals hover in the air. They're not tethered in any way - the wind is free to blow them around. I'm imagining that having specific ...
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