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What geologic processes would create an unstable cliff on which a city is built?

I have a city which will be completely submerged in water due to a catastrophic earthquake. It is placed on a cliff side, so that it will drop directly into the ocean. Technology is similar to the ...
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What could cause massive global sea level rise? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of creating a world in which sea levels have risen by around 200 metres, leading the Earth's surface to look something like this, minus the ice: Obviously, a 200 metre rise is enormous, ...
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Can these climates/biomes exist near each other?

I am writing a story, in which I would like to have three locations within about a half hour to an hour driving distance (assuming population, road systems and automobiles on par with the contemporary ...
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Feasibility of a massive and nigh-permanent sandstorm?

In my military sci fi story in which a squad of private contractors have to contend with hostile creatures reliant on scent and mechanoreception to hunt, I wanted to keep the sci-fi 'hard' and ...
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Advice on Accuracy of World Map (cont) [closed]

As a continuation of this question. Thanks to the comments in the previous question, we managed to overhaul the map. It's cleaner and more believable, I think. However, there were some new questions ...
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What Else Could Reduce Global Sea Levels?

Anyone who has studied ice ages would know that during the last two-and-a-half million years of Earth's history, there have been periods where there was enough ice to suck up a lot of water. As a ...
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What kind of effect would low gravity have on geography? [closed]

What kind of effect would lower-than-Earth gravity have on the geography of a smaller-than-Earth terrestrial planet? The Gravity is lower because the planet is smaller, the core must be large enough ...
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Advice on accuracy of world map

My friend and I are working on a map of a globe. The setting of this universe involve various intelligent animal species divided into 5 clades: Archo (Crocodilians), Avians (Birds), Aquatics (Fish), ...
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Would common people in central Europe in the 15th century notice that the whole Asia disappeared?

We have earth at the beginning of the 15th century, and suddenly the biggest continent disappears. There is nothing left of it, no animals, people, lands, anything. I don't think the details of the ...
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Would you notice, visually, if the planet you were on was vastly larger than Earth?

By that I mean, if you are travelling about on a continent on a planet with a circumference similar to the Sun, how much further would you be able to see, and would it be noticeable, without more ...
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Possibility of certain climates

I am trying to make three neighbouring countries with varying climates. One country needs to basically be Arizona (Especially like the Monument Valley area with the red sand and those iconic buttes), ...
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Rock layers in Procedural Map Creation

I've been working on a procedural map generator for a strategy game (if I ever get to gameplay). My general development philosophy is "believable but not necessarily realistic", in other words I don't ...
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Are there any good tools I can use to figure out the size of my fictional continent?

I would like to apologize in advance if this comes off as laziness or a poor attempt at trying to get someone to do my work for me. That is not my intention. This is my fictional continent of ...
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Possible for a large enough structure to survive plate tectonics?

Is it possible for a large enough structure built near a small enough subduction zone to become lodged in it or buried very slowly as opposed to taken underground? If so, how big would the structure ...
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How could a “Lonely Mountain” form?

I have seen some discussions about Middle Earth's Erebor, the "lonely mountain" and how it really isn't lonely. How could a true "Lonely Mountain" (a single peak in the middle of a vast plain) form? ...
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How do I place my biomes realistically with only a köppen and topographic map?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to place the biomes in my continent. Though I have researched which biomes can occur in a certain climate, I'm still confused when it comes to ...
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How difficult would it be to invade Mainland China during WWII? [closed]

In an alternate history WWII scenario, the Republic of China became a fascist, one-party state similar to Nazi Germany (who they're closely allied with; Adolf Hitler IRL even considered the Chinese ...
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Position and Size of my Continents/Islands

its my first time posting here and i hope i do it right (watched the tour and all that). I've designed a World Map and would want to know if it looks realistic like that in terms of positioning of ...
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Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell of ...
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Are the ocean currents and climate zones of my world plausible?

So, I'm making my first stab at worldbuilding, and I got this idea for a largely water world with only a single continental landmass, a little smaller than Africa in terms of land area, roughly ...
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Climate of a continent in an endless sea

I'm creating a world for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and it takes place on an endless plane of water. A single continent, maybe the size of Africa, sticks out in this endless sea. The sea always ...
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Where should I place my fictional continent in the South Pacific?

Rather than creating an entire world for my worldbuilding project, I was planning on adding an additional continent to Earth. Since the largest “empty spot” is in the South Pacific and one of my goals ...
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Impacts of a moon falling on an Earth-like planet?

In the world my friend and I are making, the dark lord makes one of the planets uninhabitable by causing a moon, about the size of our own, to fall on it. About 7000 years later, it is unnaturally ...
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do these mountains look to be in realistic locations?

I'm getting into mapmaking, which I enjoy, but some of the specifics of realism still elude me. I know generally how plate tectonics work, but I was hoping to get some help on a specific example. I ...
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Permanent river of lava

Rivers of lava are a staple of fantasy. But in the real world, lava flows are usually very short-lived phenomenons caused by volcanic eruptions. Is there some plausible way on an otherwise earth-like ...
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Could a planet have a single source of wind?

I was creating a map of the air currents in my world, working back from the climates of the land (which I had already determined). (The world consists of one continent, similar to Pangea, with empty ...
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How cold does it have to be to freeze a waterfall

I have designed a group of medieval towns located on a valley, all of them connected by a navigable river wich ends on a big waterfall. There are some elevators at the side of the waterfall that ...
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what kind of natural disaster can affect earth on a planetary scale?

Our world is surrounded by a metaphysical barrier that separates us from other dimensions and the things which inhabit them. This barrier is made up of 7 layers, with the last one being the closest to ...
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How would a submerged continent quickly rising to the surface affect the geography of its surrounding lamdmass? [closed]

Long ao, a philosopher wrote about a city called atlantis. This nation was a dominant force in the world until it lost a war with Athens, sinking into the sea. However, the simple minded buffoon got ...
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How Far Apart do Two Continents have to be to Consider the Body of Water Between Them an Ocean? [closed]

Let's say we have a world like earth. Our focus is on two continents. These continents are separated by an ocean. However, I want to travel between them to be that of relative ease. So, How much space ...
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A perpetually foggy forest at the base of a mountain range

What type of climate would I have to have to face a perpetually foggy forest at the base of a mountain range?
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Would a medieval world use the word “trail” to describe a foot path?

I'm in the process of naming some routes and roads in my medieval fantasy themed world, and I want to specify routes that could only be managed on foot. I'm tempted to say trails, but since every body ...
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How could a volcanic island last for 100 million years?

Some islands can survive for very long. Madagascar, for example, has been around for 80-100 million years and is likely to remain isolated for hundreds of millions of years more. Volcanic islands, ...
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Inherited powers from both parents

Not really sure if this belongs in here but here goes. Say there was a generic attribute that is inherited only if both parents have it. (I.e. a magical power) The chance that the child inherits it ...
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What effects would a higher gravity have on my world's geography and climate?

I'm currently designing a super earth with a surface gravity of 1.5g and a thick oxygen rich atmosphere. Now since the gravity is higher, how exactly would that affect my world? For example: ...
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How Would Civilisations on Different Planes of a Cube Planet Interact?

If there was a life-supporting planet that was cubical rather than spherical, would it be feasible for there to be a unique but similar civilisation on each 'Plane'? I know that cube planets are ...
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Advice on the placement of volcanoes on land

While working on some local geography in my world, I came upon these wonderful formations called volcanic plugs and crag and tails, and decided I wished to incorporate them into the land. My ...
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What would nordic culture be like in a desert environment? [closed]

In my fantasy world ''Diggoran'' ( pronounced Die-Ah-Ran ) there is a currently unnamed Nordic Country comprised of 6 autonomous eco-political regions. This Nordic Country was initially and still is ...
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How to trap medieval humans in a land using geology?

These humans must never see the ocean and should still be able to survive. They can only get out of the land if they improve the technology level. Is it even possible? The lakes or seas should ...
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How to tackle one or multiple submerged continents

A part of the story I am writing involves two continents that centuries before the story takes place sunk into the sea. I want to have a way to explain this that does not come down to just the sea ...
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How to form a huge natural plateau with a slope?

I need a huge natural plateau to form but with a slope. There can be some variation, a few hills or even mountains here and there, but the ground needs to be mostly gently sloping north to south. It ...
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What Animals Could Live in a Glass Ocean?

So I had this idea of a world with an ocean sized pool of super hard glass that formed millions of years ago on this planet. I started to think of the implications of something like that: In some ...
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Optimal geography for a thriving caldera centered civilisation?

What would be the optimal geography for a thriving capital, located in a caldera ? I'm building a fantasy world with multiple intelligent species and civilisations. There is magic in this world, but ...
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Does or could a collection of regions like this exist on Earth?

I initially assumed my world was going to be pure fantasy, but the more I think about it, the more I consider having the story take place somewhere on Earth, either as alternate history or the far ...
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How closely correlated is culture to geography?

I am working on a story where I will take the geography of our world but install new peoples, cultures and histories. This will likely include fantastical elements as well as mundane. In working ...
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Drawing Maps; flat distortion

One of my main problems when it comes to drawing maps is how landmasses get distorted at different points. One of the continents in my story stretches almost to the north pole, but it looked very ...
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Resulting clime of fictional world geography [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story, and I've recently come up with a world map. This probably isn't the final version (I'll probably add some more islands), but this gives me a general idea of where ...
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How big would the ice ball have to be to deliver all the water at once?

One popular theory to explain how Earth got its water is that it was delivered by asteroid/comet/etc. The form this theory usually takes is that many small impacts occured over a long time, each ...
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What would be the condition of a wood cottage that has been abandoned for ~20 years?

Suppose a two-storey timber cottage has been left unoccupied for 15 to 20 years. The entire structure is wooden, including all beams and supports, with a rammed earth foundation. It's situated within ...
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Climate in an ice age

Creating a map of Koppen climate zones for a very Earth-like world is quite easy, with the right instructions. However, what if the climate is several degrees cooler? Do I simply shift all the ...

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