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Where would pirates go to operate?

In my world, there are pirates who steal and raid. They are not just the stereotypical kind with parrots, but also other kinds like the ones in Somalia or Barbary pirates. When trying to implement ...
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Is this planet's climate map realistic?

Here are three different maps of the planet that's going to be the main setting of a comic book I'm working on, each one showing something different: As you can see in the first image, I mapped out ...
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What would still discourage my people from settling on this subcontinent?

Context: The inhabitants of my world, humans, live on a supercontinent divided into three subcontinents separated by seas. The supercontinent is located above the equator in what is roughly the size ...
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Is my map believable?

I am requesting feedback on my in-progress fantasy world map, primarily in 4 major areas: biomes rivers cities borders Do they make sense? If not, what should I change? Any observations or ...
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Evaporation Pans by Filling Lake Makgadikgdi with water from the Zambezi [closed]

I have Macro question, and have enquired and discussed this topic with numerous people. My background is more in Economics and Finance, but I have a small little plot in the Waterberg Limpopo (Pecan ...
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Could a country in the far northern Pacific control the South Hemisphere without interference?

I am currently thinking about a scenario in which a large country spanning an above-sea and temperate Beringia controlling a far-more fertile Australia along with the rest of Oceania and Hawaii, an ...
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What is the best strategic location for a fortification/city in this region?

Let's say you were the purple nation and wanted to most effectively control both the gap between the mountains and the sea, as well as the lands to the south between the mountains and the river. Where ...
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Does atmospheric pressure relate to altitude or sea level, what would happen if sea level rose, but the land was not submerged?

Preface: I am new to the forum so apologies if everything is not in the exact required format. I know that the higher above sea level you go the atmospheric pressure decreases and the inverse is true ...
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What would the climate of this habitable world be like?

Somewhere, far away in the universe, there is a galaxy that has not been made by nature. Whatever kind of hyperadvanced civilization could have created such a titanic project, and for whatever ...
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Creating a map of a planet with a strange shape? (edited) [closed]

I have a planet that has an odd pull of gravity because it’s shape is an amalgamation of large landmasses merged together, and held in place by magic forces. Aside from the fact a shape like this on a ...
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How do we make Siberia fertile and habitable?

What would be the necessary geographic changes in order to make parts of Siberia as far north as Yakutsk (or maybe a little less) and coastal areas up to those bordering the sea of Okhotsk and ...
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How long would it take to build an artificial island above the Kerguelen Plateau? [closed]

Without thinking about the costs, how long would it take to build an artificial island the size of New Zealand on the shallow waters above the Kerguelen Plateau? This means using one million boats ...
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How Much is Too Much Land for One Province?

The Aurean Dominate is a sort of federated elective monarchy that rules all of the Planet Aurea (an approximately Earth-sized world but one where all the land is in the southern hemisphere and the ...
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Can we accelerate Antarctica's post-glacial rebound?

I am curious if it could be technologically feasible to accelerate Antarctica's rebounding after a partial deglaciation of say 85% of its landmass. I meant rebounding its land made naked after ...
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What geographic changes need to occur to make Southern Australia fertile?

Currently, 90% of Australia's land is inhospitable desert. What geographic changes need to occur for its southern side to become fertile soil?
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Would larger oceans stabilize temperature on a smaller planet with a thinner atmosphere?

I'm working on a planet with 75% of Earth's gravity, and I'm wondering how to get a stable climate despite the thinner atmosphere. I know a thinner atmosphere doesn't trap heat well, so the ...
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Is there any feasible way for Antarctica have hidden oases?

Antarctica is a large barren wasteland. Located at the bottom of the world, it appears far away and forgotten. The Earth's largest desert and yet the coldest landmass. The age of exploration has come ...
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How might navies and maritime trade have evolved around a Pangaea-like landmass?

So I was thinking about the possibility of a Pangaea like landmass in a secondary world setting. Assuming more or less historical technology and humans, how would the concept of a navy and maritime ...
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Is my environmental map consistent?

This is the map of my alien planet's continents and I want to know if the environments are accurate. The symbol at the top is the Arctic island. It's like Greenland and has some greenery or should I ...
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Would these changes alter the effects of Tornado Alley?

Here is how the meteorological danger zone called "Tornado Alley" is made: Warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico mixes with cold, dry air from the mountains and warm, dry air from the ...
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Can a planet stay cracked?

Images like this and this are common in sci-fi/fantasy settings, for the obvious "rule-of-cool" reasons. And while the 'rule-of-cool' is certainly worth using (in moderation) when ...
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How big would the lakes presented in the two pictures presented be in square mileage?

The reason I posted two separate maps instead of just one is that in the second picture, Megalakes Chad and Congo look much bigger than on the first one. How big would each and every one of those ...
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What is the altitude limit at which plants can grow on a low gravity planet?

(My Universe Sandbox Almost Terraformed Mars) How high can plants grow on a low gravity planet like Mars? Since lower gravity planets tend to have a greater height differences in terms of geography ...
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Could a Preindustrial State Control an Entire Planet?

The Aurean Dominate is an empire controlling the entire planet Aurea and a scrap of the neighboring planet Awal (known as the Exarchate of Tifinagh). Aurea is around Earth-sized (although all of the ...
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Is My Map Realistic?

I'm creating a continent for a story I'm developing. I was just wondering if this map looked realistic from a geographical point of view (weather, city placement, environment, etc.)? Thanks for any ...
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A world like an ice-cream sandwich?

Ice-cream sandwich is the only way to describe the world I am thinking of making. There's flat land above, flat land below and mountains all around. The light comes from stars that hover in the middle ...
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Depth of seas on a Banks Orbital

If one is building a Banks Orbital or other megastructure with a very large habitable surface area, it is not necessarily given that much of the area would consist of seas, but there are several ...
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Is my fictional climate zones world map credible?

I translated my question/text with a translator because English is not my native language. I hope there are no mistakes. Can you help me to define realistic climate zones and weather for my fictional ...
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How would a massive permanent updraft affect a rainforest?

This world has these massive tunnels in which large quantities of heat and air travel from one point to another, being permanently pushed by magic. Their exits are basically massive updrafts coming ...
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Is it possible for a palace to be situated inside a mountain side?

In my novel, I was planning to have the palace/citadel type place located inside a mountain- so like a sort of cave type thing, but on a bigger scale. There would be decoration around the entrance of ...
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On Ocean Planets and their traits [closed]

I am working on an ocean planet, and I am wondering what conditions would be expected of a planet whose surface is entirely water. Or more accurately, how accurate is my exact idea. My current idea is ...
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Would it be possible for a pre-industrial society to construct islands?

I am envisioning a scenario in which, probably for reasons of persecution or overpopulation, a people would begin to construct islands in the sea. Each island would be fairly close to the others and ...
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Why does the ITCZ "cling to" landmasses?

Edit: ITCZ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intertropical_Convergence_Zone As pointed out in comments. I'm trying to figure out where exactly the ITCZ in my world will go (at least during its July-...
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Only 35 random people from disappeared Earth population are alive at any one time, how long before "new" babies are born?

Based on: If everyone in the world disappeared except 35 random people, how long would it take for one of them to realize they're not alone? Everyone suddenly disappears from Earth except 35 ...
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Ideal Settlement Location for Time Travelers [closed]

If a group of time travelers dedicated to travel back 10 million years and settle a humanless earth, where might they decide to found this first colony? Assume that these temporal colonists are well ...
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Permantly Fog-Filled Canyon

I have a canyon, with similar size and shape to the Grand Canyon. The canyon is carved by a large river, similar to the Colorado river. I want this canyon to be filled with fog so thick that, if you ...
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How is my biomes map?

For a while I've been making a realistic planet that is quite similar to Earth. I've finished the tectonic plates, ocean currents, wind patterns, and a rough height map. Next up is the biome map, ...
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In a supercontinent would ships still be the primary way of transportation before the invention of engines?

introduction My world is made of a super-continent with very little isles, it has 100 countries, 97 of which are on land. 3 of those are underwater for folk who are able to live confortably in the ...
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Can a desert and semi-desert be right beside each other geographically?

One of the countries in my novel is Semi-Arid, but I want it to become more like a hot and dry desert the farther West one travels (like the Sahara). Is this possible? PS. There are mountains to the ...
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Would mountains on the coast of a small island continent still have a rain shadow?

Consider a continent (or...big island?) the size of the UK. Along one coast there are mountains about 3km high, going inland about 50km. The rest of the continent has no mountains. Would there be a ...
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What exactly are the requirements for the formation of a rainforest?

I am wondering exactly what features and properties are required for an area for a rainforest to be able to believably develop. So can people here please inform me of the known requirements, with ...
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Mountain ranges and tectonic plates -- how can I make my world map more plausible?

This is the first world map I’ve ever made. I tried a smaller one a while ago, but now I’m attempting a map of a full planet. As always, this world is Earth-like, etc. I also have yet to finish it, ...
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How could I have a mountain range that completely bisects my land mass?

I want to have a mountain range in my continent that splits it into two parts, such that it is incredibly difficult for them to communicate. How could I pull this off in a plausible way without having ...
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What would Inversia's climate map look like?

Inversia is a world conjured up by Chris Wayan that expands on the old "inverted Earth" trope. The instructions he made were as followed in this link: Mark the sea level carefully. Remove ...
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I need feedback on the geographical plausibility of my map

This is my first ever map. I’m not sure how plausible it is, and I’d appreciate any feedback or advice on how to make it more plausible. I haven’t put names or anything on it yet because I want to be ...
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What Could Explain A Solitary Mountain in a Grassland?

That title is probably way too specific, but essentially I'm trying to develop my book's setting. Currently, my characters (a team of six adventurers) awaken as amnesiacs who were once human but now ...
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How could my island-country mostly populated by massive humanoids subsist its inhabitants?

In my prospective dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame Salade de Fruits (which means naturally Fruit Salad), there is an island-country comprising a total of eight islands: The smallest has ...
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Can a pangea like super continent have diverse life and climates?

In my story, a group of scientific explorers go on a expedition to a planet, and I am not sure if it should be a super continent or multiple continents because of the diverse life there could be on a ...
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How to create an immobile continent?

For my fantasy world, there is an artificially created continent (created by magic, but an important note is that the continent itself is ENTIRELY non-magical.) The continent is nearly 20,000 years ...
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How do I explain a big flooding event that happened while still having a cold planet?

On the planet I’m making, there was a big flood that happened and raised the sea level by 30 meters. I want the planet to have a cold climate, so I can’t simply explain the flood by saying it was ...
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