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How can I turn a plant into something metal-like?

I'm currently writing a story in the universe of the role playing game "Mahamot". Basically, in this world, what's left of human kind lives on huge spaceships swarming with little plants called "...
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How concentrated would a metal ore need to be to be extractable by a suitable plant?

So there is a Minecraft mod that includes various oreberry bushes. One for gold, one for silver, etc. Now I know that various plants can extract specific minerals in higher quantities that what ...
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Could a plant lure humans in by using 'sex pheromones'?

So this question, Designing a Carnivorous Plant, talks about animals being attracted to a plant, at first by a sweet scent, and then being drugged by an unspecified toxin which renders them 'euphoric' ...
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How many plants does it take to breathe?

I'm working on a space story in which an astronaut is travelling to Neptune to validate our CurrentEarth™ corporation's findings regarding our Solar System. The setting is a moving ship similar to the ...
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What kind of characteristics do flora and fauna need to thrive in a polar environment?

So, after some advice in narrowing down the topic (used to be what kind of characteristics do animals need in different environments or something like that) I have decided to start a series! Starting ...
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How would large animals and large plants adapt to frequent hurricane weather?

In a large varied environment where strong winds are the norm and every few weeks or so a huge hurricane sweeps through, how would large land animals (horse- to elephant-sized) evolve to cope? I ...
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What would the likely color of an exoplanet's plants be depending on the combination of atmosphere & parent star? [duplicate]

This could be construed as a too broad question, but some examples is all I'm asking for really. An answer based on any combination of atmosphere and star would constitute a good answer. (Or better ...
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A more alien world: Flora

In the (relatively new) Star Trek movie Into Darkness, we see Dr. Bones and Captain Kirk in a world composed mainly of red plants. Obviously these are just eye candy with no real basis behind it, but ...
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What kind of Apocalypse might make a planet unrecognizable within a few centuries?

Bobby, a human space traveler from Theta, and has been in space for a couple of centuries. He's been kept alive either through his own biology or some feat of technology. Having no contact with his ...
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Grass on planets with very huge forests

This is a reality check: I want a planet with huge forests and a relatively (to Earth) high level of CO2, but I also want there to be very large areas of grassland, (savannahs) where we naturally ...
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Could a plant grow on a restrained, living human?

My question is: Could a macroscopic (e.g. visible) plant grow on a living human, provided that the human is completely immobilized?
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How big does a 2D maze need to be to take two centuries to fully map it?

I was reading a question and had a follow-up question with a story idea that I'd like to develop more fully. The idea is a HUGE maze, thousands (or more) of square miles, that has small clearings ...
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How long a footbridge could you make from natural materials?

In many scenes you see something like this: If I was designing a world for a culture living in a rain-forest and their land was cut through by many vast ravines then what sort of spans could they ...
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How realistic are ice plants?

How realistic is it that in the future someone invents plants that can live on top of the Antarctic ice sheet or are floating on ice like in the Arctic?
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A planet with all of its water underground

Question: Could a planet contain all of its (vast) oceans underground? I imagined a planet with no surface oceans - and no water cycle above ground - but where life was still possible. My initial ...
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What kinds of plants could grow near crystals and in (mostly) crystal sands?

Within my desert landscape--in which the climate is similar to the Sonora Desert--there are many canyons, one of which sports large, clustered growths of Elbaite Tourmaline crystals, averaging out at ...
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What is the botanic equivalent of the digestive system

As part of a series on plant animals, plantimals if you will, I am now asking about the digestive system, that is the mouth, stomach and intestines. All known animal life has some kind of digestive ...
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How to safely add pigments to inhalable smoke

I am currently writing a story where natives are discovered in a jungle smoking a plant that depending on the variety will release different colored smoke when burned. The visuals in this story are ...
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Which kinds of food would no longer be available if plants stopped producing pollen?

In my fantasy pre-industrial world pollen production and plant reproduction has been disabled by some sort of curse. The curse has a limited geographical span, but the region affected is very large ...
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What kind of reaction time could a mobile plant have?

We have Venus flytraps which move by closing their 'mouth' to trap prey. There are currently few identified plants with a 'quick' reflex like this. Blooms of course open and close through the course ...
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Reality Check: Low-Hanging Banyans

Previously, I asked several questions about living in a massive banyan tree whose branches were about 600 feet up. Though I can't find the comments, I was informed that there would be very high winds ...
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Efficiency required of a photosynthetic system to support human level activities

Chlorophyll as we know it on earth is estimated to be between 3% and 6% efficient in converting light energy to useable biomass. This support slow growth and no movement of plants like that observed ...
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Flora and fauna of a tidally locked planet

Imagine a world much like Earth, except it is nearly tidally locked to its star, making a complete revolution every few thousand years. The planet is far enough away that there is a band of livable ...
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What would an (tree person) Ent's voice be like? [closed]

We see Ents in certain fantasy settings, but what sort of voice might we actually expect them to have? Would they be capable of having a voice at all, or would they communicate in some other fashion? (...
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Would a large, close-by, molten moon be able to support photosynthesis at night?

Setup: Earth is the same (somehow, minus the tides -- don't overthink this bit) Moon is 2x the mass Moon is 2x closer Moon contains the derelict fissile fuel-dump of a hyper-advanced ...
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Do different star types produce plants with different properties?

From this chart it appears that the star types closest to our own are K-type (oranger, a little cooler, and less than half as bright) and F-type (bluer, a little warmer, and much brighter). If I want ...
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Could a plant-like forest or jungle form in an underground lava dependent ecosystem?

Could an alien underground macroscopic ecosystem including human sized plant-like organisms evolve around lava as an energy source? These organisms could use heat and/or light from the lava to ...
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The Boreal Bamboo Forest

This is the classic winter picture of a boreal forest, or taiga. This habitat exists only on subpolar latitudes, where the climate is too extreme for broad-leaved angiosperms to take root, thus ...
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Xenotaxonomy: the Science of Categorizing Extraterrestrial Life

On Earth, we use taxonomy to organize biological organisms into an identifiable hierarchy in which organisms that are evolutionarily related are placed in close proximity. This evolutionary approach ...
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What would sentient plants be like?

I'd like to make a sentient plant species that can perform tasks such as communication and problem solving. My Definition of Sentience When asking this question, I mean sentient as in able to ...
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Alternative absorption spectra for plants

Chlorophyll-a (the primary one), chlorophyll-b, and(?) beta-carotene (plus other accessory pigments / carotenoids) dictate which portions of the EM spectrum are used as energy by plants. Plants only ...
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How Can I Get Giant Trees on Venus?

Yes, the title is strange, but hear it out. The inhabitants of my earth-like planet live high up in the atmosphere - living on giant trees. However, I don't want them to be able to see the surface far ...
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Designing a carnivorous plant

Planet Swamp. As the name suggest, it is a planet fully covered with swamps. A new kind of carnivorous plant has been discovered on this planet: when its leaves are touched by an animal or moved by ...
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Plausibility of a plant/animal organism with asymmetrical alternation of generations?

A hypothetical organism alternates between plant and animal stages over its life cycle. The organism exhibits equally extreme sexual dimorphism. The generations are diplobiontic a la some species of ...
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Where do mushroom forests thrive?

Lichen are a symbiotic organism that involves algae or cyanobacteria living inside a fungus. The algae produce energy through photosynthesis, while the fungus protect the algae from the environment ...
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A world where lichens take the niche of plants? [duplicate]

On this hypothetical world the niche that would be occupied by plants is instead occupied by fungi living in symbiosis with cyanobacteria and/or algae. For example, the tissues of the tree analogues ...
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What animals live in mushroom forests?

A followup to this question. In my world, mushroom producing fungi have developed a symbiotic relationship with algae (or cyanobacteria) similar to Prototaxites. These fungi exist alongside all the ...
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Anatomically correct Ent

The tree small giant creatures resembling people usually with beards are present in many fantasy stories, but that's it... it is fantasy. From a scientific viewpoint how would such creature even exist ...
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Making the entire inner solar system have a breathable atmosphere?

Let's say it's sometime in the future, and humanity has expanded outwards into the solar system, and we've genetically engineered some really big plants that can for some unimportant reason, survive ...
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What would be the evolutionary advantage for plants to be bioluminescent?

As fas as I know, there isn't a single plant on Earth that (naturally) produces any sort of luminescence. But it is seen in science-fiction worlds, especially Avatar. From an evolutionary point of ...
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The Bamboo Rainforest

Ecologically, when you're within the latitudes of 23.5 degrees, you'd find yourself in rainforests rich in diversity but poor in nutrition. The forest floor is a barren mess simply because the canopy ...
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Plants channeling light into their roots?

Without magic, is it possible for a plant to channel light (all colors) to/through its roots? What I'm thinking is having a giant cavern with a bunch of these plants above. The roots go down and ...
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How much land area do my land-based animals (herbivores) need for food?

I'm trying to work out the kinks of an ecosystem on a planet that is rather similar to Earth, but with some species of animal (both carnivores and herbivores) we aren't familiar with in our world. The ...
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How can living plants be used militaristically? [closed]

To be clear, we're talking about any organism found on earth that's classified under the kingdom Plantae. Assume these plants won't be genetically modified at all when they're used in the military and ...
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How tall can a tree grow?

In my fantasy world I want fantastically large trees, particularly in the height category. The tallest trees on earth grow just over 100 meters tall. Why can't they get taller? What circumstances ...
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Plants under different sunlight [closed]

What would a plant look like under a different sunlight. Like for example, O, B, A, F, K, and M-types? I know what a plant would look like under a G-type star like our Sun, what about under a star ...
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You eat this plant, it eats you right back. Can it work?

Based on an answer of mine from a few months ago, I've been inspired to adapt the concept to my own Life Ball. Fair warning- this question and some of its links are not for the squeamish. May ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to eyes

There have been many questions of moving, floral animals, most of these focus on their intelligence, but what about their sense of sight. I fail to understand how a botanic based alien would be able ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to the circulatory system?

There have been a few questions on mobile plants on this site and even more on their intelligence, but one that has not been asked so far is related to the lifeblood of creatures: blood. Inside of ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to muscles

A plethora of previous questions have queried the existence of botanic (plant) intelligence and they all have created good solutions, but their still remains a even bigger problem to even the dumbest ...