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Questions tagged [geography]

For questions about the characteristics and effects of natural features on a world.

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Can tectonic plates have any shape and size or are there limitations?

I would like to create a map with the help of tectonic plates. I didn't really care before. Can tectonic plates have all possible sizes and shapes? As an extreme example, could a continent the size of ...
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How significantly would the course of rivers change over 10,000 years?

This one is rather straightforward. A character falls into a magically-induced coma for about 10,000 years and then wakes up to find the world around him different in quite a few ways. There's not a ...
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How might a landlocked lake become a complete ecosystem?

Let's assume that there is a lake that has formed from snowmelt and rainfall. The lake has never been in contact with other bodies of water. How might this lake become a complete ecosystem?
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How would a race develop specific adaptations in an area with hard, rocky soil and sturdy trees? [closed]

In my world, one of the races is from a part of a continent with dense, rocky soil and large, hardwood trees. Their whole culture is structured around establishing sturdy foundations and permanence ...
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Drawing landmasses for this odd-shaped planet

I've just come here for some help drawing a map for this fictional planet where two roughly similar planets have been smushed into kind of pear shape like this: So this planet spins on an axis which ...
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What are the requirements for a river delta to form?

I know that when some rivers (such as the Nile) flow out to sea, they break up into several smaller channels. But I was wondering about the necessary features of the land and water for it to occur.
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No oceans but not deserts?

I'm picturing a world without oceans. I'm not after Arrakis; I want a quite lush surface. I'd like no surface water at all, but I'm concerned that makes evolution impossible. (I imagined using ...
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How might a mountain bowl form?

On a world similar to Earth minus size, gravity, and a mildly different atmosphere. The weather is much more violent, causing frequent dust storms. The planet is larger than Earth and is mostly ...
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Is this a realistic set of world maps?

I want to start by thanking everybody in this community as your posts have been instrumental in helping me to build my world. All I am asking for is a final review of the maps that I have created thus ...
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How much land disappearing would it take to drop the sea level by 10 meters (30ft)?

THINK ATLANTIS There's an island. Maybe it is a continent, maybe not. I am not sure and that is why I need your help. If the size of my world is equal to Earth's, what landmass size would it take ...
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Rivers without rain

On Earth, rivers are possible because rain and snow deposit water in high places. That water then forms rivers when flowing to lower places. Would it be possible to have the phenomena of rivers ...
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What could prevent concentrated local exploration?

In my world there is a village with a hot spring, the only one on the entire island. The spring emerges from a local cave which has been filled / caved in by a past civilisation, since the water is ...
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Medieval/ancient/fantasy setting in southern hemisphere?

I was unfortunate enough to imagine an ancient setting upside down. I started out with small features and, after connecting them, got the following: ...
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Can rocky hills similar to the Scottish highlands be located next to a bog?

I've written about these rocky hills with short grass, gravel, shrubs, and big boulders. At the bottom of one of the hills is a big bog. Basically I've designed some buildings to be sticking out of ...
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Giant rock spikes sticking out of the ground

Would it be possible for huge, hundreds-of-metres-long spikes of rock, ideally slanting at an angle, to arise under natural processes? For clarity, I mean like this: Copyright Joe Jesus There are ...
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Could the shape or geography of the continents be dramatically changed in a roughly short span of time? [duplicate]

I’m aware that the continents and the tectonic plates they reside on drift, but for there to be any noticeable change in their shape or geography takes millions of years to occur. Is there a known way ...
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Realistic placements of Mountains and the like

This question basically boils down to this: What would be the places on a given continent where one would find mountains? I have seen maps from games, movies, board games, books etc. where it would ...
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Will winds always be the same?

Around Earth's equator, there's a band of low pressure called the Doldrums. 30 degrees north and south are bands of high pressure called the horse latitudes. Finally, there are more low-pressure bands ...
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How would a receding sea level affect cities along Asian & Australian coastlines?

To make a long story short, the previous ice age resulted in not just massive glaciers and building snow from appearing, but larger landmass as well due to most of the water being frozen from the ...
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Are these climate zones somewhat realistic?

I have been slowly losing my mind trying to build a somewhat realistic climate map for a fantasy world I'm building for my book. A geographer I am not... I modeled the climate zones and such after ...
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Feasibility of large and isolated swamp-like enviroment

For my world I would need a really large swamp (or similar kind of wetland). It should be about 200km in diameter, which should be quite possible given a large enough flat terrain and enough rain. ...
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What would be the implications of an ocean made from blood on the world? [closed]

In my world of Ulhe rather than having saltwater between continents the oceans are filled with the blood of a god. Besides being blue the blood has similar physical properties to human blood. It is ...
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Government power in an Ice Age [closed]

The setting of my story takes place during a future Ice Age, where the equator and parts of the southern hemisphere are a safe haven for humans. Which countries or regions would most likely be the '...
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What Else Could Create Jeffrey Linn's Coastlines BESIDES The Influence of Ice? [closed]

Who? Unfortunately, I could not find any background information about Jeffrey Linn, but he is better known for his sea level maps. Specifically, what a particular city would look like if sea levels ...
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Is is plausible for an Earth-like planet to have all of its land located in one polar hemisphere?

I made a map for my fictional world and it would be convenient for the story to have all of it affected by a somewhat similar climate. The map is made of several pieces of a Pangaea-like continent ...
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Calculating City Size based on Population

Question: I'm trying to determine how large (geographically) my city will have to be to accommodate for 1 million people. I have a city that was basically formed by the gods to be fertile land with a ...
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How can I keep an area next to a mountain range from being a desert?

My world has a continent in the northern hemisphere that lies primarily in the Ferrel cell where the westerly winds are. The continent is fairly large, just a tad bit smaller then than North America. ...
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How can Mars have life but still be “The Red Planet”

Building on this question "Discovery of life on Mars" Mars is habitable (40% the mass of Earth, 6.06 m/s² gravity, escape velocity of 7.88 km/s, a satellite big enough to stabilize its axis and has ...
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Reality Check- Small Scale Continent Geography

Is the following map fairly realistic? It is of a small continent, connected to a larger one, at a Europe like position on the globe. This is the continent in topographical map form, it also includes ...
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Can trees and plant life grow on rock?

So I’m creating a world where the ground is mainly made of different rocks and stone in most areas - soil is sparse. Could trees and plant life grow on the stone ground if a water source is nearby? ...
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How would climate be affected on a plateau 10 km above sea level?

I am curious as to what physical geographic features would be present on a plateau 10km above sea level. The Tibetan plateau is only 4km above sea level, so would more than doubling the height ...
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City made of glass in a desert?

My world has a city of glass found along the outskirts of a desert. I decided on this because sand can become glass and so it was a huge resource that could be used for building. However, the concern ...
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How common is it for a river to enter a valley from a flatter plain?

before I get into my question I wanted to thank everyone for their input in my first thread about the general principles of river drawing. I have taken your comments under consideration and began ...
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I'm going to have to redraw most of my rivers - what do I need to know to make them true to life?

I'm new here but I've been a worldbuilder for the last decade or so. I'm pretty late to the 'mapping out your country' party and I've only been at it for about 8 months, but I'm starting to see some ...
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Which unique features should have a habitable planet originating from atmosphere stripped waterworld?

Premises: red dwarfs tend to have violent sun storms in their early years, thus are expected to strip atmosphere of planets that may be in their habitable zones; water worlds (including planets with ...
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How would constant rhythmic tsunamis affect the coast lines of the Atlantic Ocean?

Premise: a massive organic structure sits somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean giving of an intermittent telekinetic pulse. This would presumably create a constant chain of tsunamis. What sort of abnormal ...
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How might a naturally-occuring geographical barrier between two areas *suddenly* become permeable so that a few people can cross it?

The world is Earth, probably west coast of the USA, in the throes of severe climate disaster; major storms, earthquakes, droughts, fires and floods are the norm. I am looking for a way to suddenly ...
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Natural uncovering of desert ruins

My world has a semi-nomadic people that inhabit a vast sandy desert. Underneath this desert lie the ruins of an enormous metropolis -- a city that was abandoned tens of thousands of years ago. In the ...
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Urban exploration - abandoned buildings [closed]

Hi I have been watching a lot of clips of urban explorers in abandoned buildings. So many perfectly sound houses have been walked out of and never returned to. There is evidence of families ...
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How to make a bigger planet be as similar to Earth as possible

My fantasy world is slightly larger than earth so that discovery of the continents becomes harder (about 20% surface should do it). But at the same time I want to preserve most aspects to make it like ...
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Semi-accessible continent

I have a bit of a problem. My largest dragons have a flight range of over 1000 miles, but I have another continent that is only reachable by ship significantly closer (just over 750 miles). I can't ...
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Could humans wreck the world enough to tilt its axis? [duplicate]

Some Context My story idea is in the likes of Pacific Rim. If you didn't watch it, it's about a crack in the sea that spawns giant monsters called Kaiju, who really like to chew on buildings. ...
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Would a hot North pole and cold South pole, would it be possible? [duplicate]

So would be possible to have a Hot (Tropical or Arid) North pole and a Cold/polar South pole with a certain planetary set up or geographic set up. I'm open to many ideas, as long as they make this ...
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Can mountains ever transition abruptly to plains?

I'm trying to write a story where the main characters discover the wreckage of a spaceship in the fields that border their town to the west. To the east, there's the end of a large mountain range. ...
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Towers to Low Earth Orbit - How to make them usable for navigation

In a world I'm constructing the sun, the moon, and the stars are not visible but there are tower that stretch from the ground to, roughly, low earth orbit. Each one is around 200 meters in diameter ...
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Is it possible to get permanently scarred by the sea?

My story takes place in an archipelagus in world X, inhabited by people X. In the shores of the capital city of that archipelagus, there is a bay of deep, dark waters. It's supposed to be dark and ...
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Question about climate and geography

I have been asking around a bit because i am trying to create a world for a story i'm writing. And after some loose questions i think the better way to get an answer will be to just list the criteria ...
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Ideas for Medieval Infrastructure Project and the Geography that would demand it [closed]

I've always liked the ways that geography and transportation shape the locations of cities. I'd like ideas for geographic barriers that could be overcome by an infrastructure project that would make ...
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Would a geologically ancient world be habitable?

Assuming an earth-like planet, but with several billion more years of cooling and settling (and with no moon to create tides). I'm imagining this planet would be geographically and tectonically ...
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Equatorial or Meridial Ocean

I am building a world that is mostly land but i need something to divide it all up a bit so i decided I'm adding an ocean. What i want to know is the following: Would it be even remotely possible ...