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Are these ocean currents for my planet plausible?

This is my first attempt at worldbuilding anything at this point. I heavily modelled my first planet after the Earth as my baby steps. I wanted to experiment with how climates on the planet would be ...
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How could I justify putting my provincial capital in a hostile climate?

The Aurean Dominate is a large, Romano-Byzantine-inspired multiplanetary empire covering the entirety of the Planet Aurea, plus some bits and pieces of the neighboring worlds Awal, Vigam, and Arturia. ...
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What type of climate or geography would allow for a large mountain (10000m+) that glows when the sunlight hits the rockface?

The idea behind this is that there is a large mountain in my world that can be seen from the capital city over 500 km away. I took inspiration from Denali in Alaska, and how it can be seen from ...
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Would it be possible to have "Atlantis" right westward from the Strait of Gibraltar, and have the Mediterrean remain the same?

Im imagining an Alternate History with a realistic Atlantis. In my setting, the world is largely identical to our own, physically, if not historically, but with one major exception: The Azores, Canary ...
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Cool tropics, colder poles

Basically, a simplified version of a question I asked before. I've seen lots of questions on tropical poles and icy equators, but I'm only interested in a cool equator. I don't need the poles to be ...
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Would a flipped Northern Hemisphere still have huge deserts in the Sahara and Siberia?

I am making alternate history timelines where Earth has radically different geographies. I noticed one day that a huge chunk of Earth's land area is near the Arctic Circle. Canada, Siberia, Alaska, ...
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Building the geography/astrography of a "Cool Super Earth"

So I'm currently building the geography of my world. It's supposed to be a Super Earth approximately 2.3 times the size and 1.7 times the mass. It's gravity is slightly weaker and it has slightly ...
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Viability of Hydraulic Telegraph System?

Say an ancient civilization that has excess amounts of copper, tin and lead but has no clear glass and iron. They want to build a hydraulic telegraph system like the ones used by the Ancient Greeks ...
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What would remain of human constructs after ~3000 years? [duplicate]

In my setting, humanity has largely—if not entirely—gone extinct on Earth. I was curious about what would remain of modern human architecture after around 3 millennia of no upkeep. Primarily urban ...
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What is the feasibility an inland sea situated inside a mountain range be?

I am currently creating a map. It has two landlocked inland seas. However, I want to make them interesting. I am still learning, so please bear with me regarding my formatting. The approximate height ...
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Is it possible to make a planet full of water and at the same time without life?

It's me again, I want to ask if it is possible to make a planet full of water but it has no life, the idea that it is a planet full of water with small islands in which there is no life, here is the ...
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What would the climates/biomes on my fantasy continent be?

I've roughly marked out where I think a desert might naturally form according to the mountains, and plotted the rivers in a way that I think makes sense, but what other climates might I expect on this ...
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Where should my currents go?

I'm trying to figure out how to place currents in the green area. There doesn't seem to be anywhere for them to come from, and I seem to have backed myself into a corner with the geography of this ...
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How plausible is my continent-wide rainforest?

I’m trying to refine the worldbuilding for the planet featured in my story “Aleyara’s Descent” from the May/June 2023 Analog Science Fiction and Fact. The planet is 86% the diameter of Earth with 82% ...
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Implications of a flat earth [closed]

I’m interested in exploring the implications of a flat earth with a sun much smaller and closer to the earth than our Sun, and which moves from east to west each day. Gravity just pulls down; it’s not ...
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Could a 1,000x10,000 mile strip between mountain ranges be drier than the lands either side?

On an Earth-like planet, two roughly parallel mountain ranges run for several thousand miles across a continent, with a gap of several hundred miles in between. I am aware that mountains can create a ...
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Can mountains form in rings?

I really don't know anything about how mountains form and I'm not sure if my idea could actually work. My world is basically the same as earth (but with different continents ect) and my city is on a ...
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What conditions would be required to create several deep creeks in the same area?

In my world, there's a forest that contains several creeks that resemble the Bolton Strid in Yorkshire. They look innocent enough and are only about 7 feet across at most, but they're hundreds of feet ...
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Two halfs planet possible [closed]

Imagine a planet, with two halves - one half of the crust & core rotating against the planetary rotation, remaining stable. The other half turns normaly similar to earth. Could such a planet ...
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Does planet size affect mountain formation?

I just wanted to know if the size of a planet would affect the size of its mountains. For example, I know Mars has larger mountains than our own despite being 1/3 our size. Do planets that are larger ...
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How low into the latitude may ice shelves reach?

I am currently working on the effects of glaciers on my continents. My main source is Madeline James, a bit of Worldbuilding Pasta, and Google. My question is the title. Would the area circled in red ...
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Earth but without a "slice"

I'm writing a novel centered around this concept. Imagine that an ancient alien race created a 'slice of Earth' (meaning an area between two meridians) and isolated it from the rest of the planet. The ...
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Is it possible for a moon to have a river flowing across one giant continent?

I’m creating a world where one giant supercontinent has a river flowing across it. The land is covered in lush forests and is surrounded by mountains. The world is orbiting a gaseous planet and is ...
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What temperature range would a country north of Spain and west of France have? [closed]

I'm writing an alternate timeline about a new country in Western Europe called Biscay. Biscay has a broadleaf forest biome and has many mountains along its southern border. Biscay is roughly equal to ...
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Minimum amount of land a planet can have and still be habitable?

I read in a paper, posted by L.Dutch, that: It turns out that water worlds may be some of the worst places to look for living things. One study presented at the meeting shows how a planet covered in ...
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What coordinates on Earth would provide the most arable land for a large island?

For my Alternate history story, I want a new ethnic group with their own landmass. Said landmass is a perfectly circular island the size of Egypt (area of 1 million square kilometers). This island ...
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How might the surface of a tectonically active planet appear without a global ocean?

I hope this is "specific" enough, and sorry I don't really know formatting rules yet. I'm trying to build a habitable desert super-Earth, where water can only exist seasonally around the ...
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What would be considered continents in a world of islands?

The title says it all but i'll go into detail for clarity. On earth the definition of continents and the line between those and just big islands is relatively clear (let's not get into the Europe, ...
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How can an archipelago experience a humid continental climate?

Given an archipelago around 40 degrees south latitude, and slightly farther out west than New Zealand from a North-South continent roughly similar to the Americas, how could such an archipelago ...
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Flooding space tunnels to trap some characters! [closed]

Humans have terraformed another planet; part of how they have done so involves utilizing (and building new) caves and tunnels (could be lava tubes, or could be another planet which has something ...
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In a setting in which South American megafauna and current African animals coexist, which if any could be suitable for domestication?

In my book series, there is a large area of the Planet Aurea called Zebusylvania with a similar climate, flora, and (some) fauna to the Cerrado and Caatinga regions of Brazil in our world. ...
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What happens under the floating city?

What would happen to the land under a fantasy-style floating city? More details: One day, a rare and powerful magic lifts a chunk of land off of the ground and into the air. You can think of the magic ...
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What is the danger zone of a waterfall to aircraft?

In my world, which is similar to that described in this answer, with suspended platforms between 5 and 40 km above the global sea, with 1 ATM at 25km altitude, with a similar gravity and scale height ...
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What would a planet where giant creatures live be like? (gravity, weather, etc.)

I am thinking about a planet on which gorilla-like people live in. Gorilla-shaped, walking on their knuckles, but with the capability of complex speech and a slightly more humanoid face (possessing a ...
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What would happen if the Panama Isthmus was turned into an island chain?

I understand that the Panama Isthmus is necessary for the Gulf Stream, but what would happen if instead of a solid land bridge, like shown below, it was radically changed into a series of islands ...
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Behavior of narrow straits between oceans

I am trying to build a world that would have two oceans separated by a narrow sea/strait/passage. Think of Drake's Passage, but bordered by large land masses from both north and south, like the ...
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Consequences of an Ultra Deep Ocean [closed]

Edit: Let’s say the Earth’s sea bottom, worldwide, became deeper by about 600 more meters. What effects would the added pressure have on the Earth’s crust, if any at all?
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What are some reasons for the population of a small, relatively unremarkable area to suddenly boom?

In the semi-democratic Empire known as the Aurean Dominate, the small peninsula of Sparteia has seen a population explosion over the past two centuries or so. Located in Argentolia, the most populous (...
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Please rate the degree of realism of the climate zones of this world

English is not my native language so I apologize for possible mistakes The World is an Earth-like planet with a supercontinent in the northern hemisphere. Rodinia taken as the basis of the land mass. ...
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Do the parameters for this moon work? Will it be habitable?

I was wondering if the parameters for this world will work. It doesn’t need to be pleasant for humans but it will have at least multicellular life. Object name: Adii-1 Mass: 0.33334x Earth’s Mean ...
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Do the mountains formed by a divergent boundary form on either coast of the resulting channel, or on the part that has not yet separated?

The lakes and the bay are formed by the rift where the right chunk is diverging away from the main plate. I've put mountains on the land part of the rift a la Ethiopia's Great Rift Valley, but should ...
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How does one accurately deduce scale from any given fantasy map (to the best one can)?

Sometimes, a person might wish to know the touch scale of a map, whether made by another person or you, in order to better understand the world a story is taking place. How might one go about deducing ...
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If the Western Ghats of South India were substituted with the Himalayas and the Monsoon with El Nino, what would be the climate & biomes of the region [closed]

I am building a region which would be somewhere in the 20-30 degrees latitude range, similar to southern India, but I'd like the mountains to be taller, like say an eastern Appalachians at least and ...
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What would happen if we expanded the Arctic ice cap?

Having found a setting for my story, I am thinking of a country which encompasses a giant New Zealand, basically a partially surfaced Zealandia, and having studied a little science, I have noticed ...
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What geographic features could cause a stable pocket of unmoving air?

As title. What geographic features could cause a stable pocket of unmoving air? I'm envisioning some kind of shrine, sacred place, or untouched grotto, which due to terrain features or certain aspects ...
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How do I get a giant equatorial continent for my planet?

In my sci-fi universe, I have an earth-sized planet orbiting a K-type star. This planet (which has life) has about 0.6 G of surface gravity, an atmospheric pressure of 0.8 bars, and no continents. ...
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What's stopping other rock layers from creating a karst-like landscape?

Context I've reread a part of a book about geochemistry and it reminded me that just about any element can dissolve in water if the pH is right. Later an examples of aluminium or iron dissolving en ...
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Conditions for my tower to be above the clouds

I want to build a tower on top of which I should see clouds below. Example: View from top to be right above clouds (even temporary low clouds are fine) Question : What conditions are required to get ...
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What is the climate of an otherwise ocean planet with a huge landmass along the equator? [closed]

I am coming up with a new planet idea inspired by One Piece. I'm imagining a planet with the same mass, volume, and sunshine as Earth. The difference is that it is mainly an ocean planet. There are no ...
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Artificially simulate a northern-latitude environment in India (UV radiation) in order to make its natives fair-skinned

Assuming the Himalayas are successfully lowered to around 1,000-3,000 meters in altitude with artificial means, with some mountains kept at their actual altitude to feed the most important rivers, the ...
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