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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 continent have diverse life and climates?

In my story, a group of scientific explorers go on a expedition to a planet, and I don't know if it should be a super continent because of the diverse life there could be. There are deserts, forest, ...
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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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How do I work backwards from a political map to writing out my world's geographic history?

Background: this universe has the same physics as our universe. The planet is the same as Earth. I've drawn out the map of a singular continent and it has all the political modern day boundaries ...
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Irrigation in ancient societies [duplicate]

In what kinds of environments would the irrigation of crops require authoritarian governments ? This would be about ancient pre industrial societies.
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In the event of a strategic nuclear war that somehow only hits Eurasia and Africa, would the Americas collapse economically or socially? [closed]

Let's say that there's a strategic nuclear war in Europe, Asia, and Africa - only - and does not involve nuclear weapons hitting Australia, the Americas, the Pacific islands, etc. What would the ...
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Naming Continents [closed]

I'm creating continents for my fantasy world but I need help creating names. I still haven't decided how many continents there will be, but I'm already having trouble coming up with names. Does ...
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Consequences of a Super-Light Super-Earth?

In this scenario, there is a rocky planet that is 230% the width of our Earth, covering a total area of a billion square miles, 55% of which consists of three continents separated by a single ocean ...
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What could cause the land masses of earth to move freely around?

In the story I'm making that takes place on an alternate reality of earth in the 1300s, there is an all powerful being that makes all humans immortal. later on he gets angry that not everybody is ...
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Would floating messages down a river be an effective means of mail?

Suppose there was a country with a mountain or mountain range that is the source of a few major rivers. Would floating messages down the rivers (to settlements or post offices on the river) be an ...
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Can a continent be completely desert?

I want my continent to be at least 90% desert. It has a square shape with several peninsulas. Kinda like Australia, but more than 3 times bigger and it's not flat(well it does have flat areas, but not ...
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What material could be found (Mining) on this planet? What could I do to have more important materials on this planet?

The planet is Earth-like with gravity: 1.05 Earth's, an Atmosphere of N2: 94% / H2O: 1% / CO2: 1% / Ar: 3% / 1% Other gases with 1 atm pressure at sea level, 40% of the land is H2O water, there is ...
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How habitable and different would an habitable stagnant-lid (no tectonics) world be?

Recently I was informed of the possibility of having an habitable world lacking tectonic plates, specifically of something called heat-pipe tectonics. Which is essentially the same tectonic system ...
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How smooth would Earth's oceans be if quickly frozen?

I am writing a story in which the average temperature of Earth falls by 150C (270F) over the course of five months. That should be cold enough that, according to a source from Kurzgesagt, the ice caps ...
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Is there any way humans could influence whether/when a magnetic pole flip happens?

Are there any actions that humans do that could influence whether a magnetic flip (I believe the proper name is geomagnetic reversal) happens? Are there any ways humans could theoretically influence ...
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Islands of land locked by mountains

So, for this story I'm drafting, I want to use this type of landscape for the main region where the plot develops. Basically, instead of a sea of water proper, the islands are low valleys amidst steep ...
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What are some non-military reasons for a country wanting to control an impact crater where the Strait of Gibraltar used to be?

Let's say that there's a 2-million-year-old impact crater where the Strait of Gibraltar used to be, and that there's an impact peak or a series of impact peaks in the middle that are far enough above ...
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Would a gigantic meteor impact in the Strait of Gibraltar create a peak-ring crater, or at least a complex one?

Background: A peak-ring crater is a sub-type of complex crater (an impact crater in which the impact wave rebounded from the rim of the crater and pushed up a mountain in the middle) where, instead ...
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Would a meteor blowing up the Strait of Gibraltar 2 million years ago kill all of humanity's ancestor species?

Let's say that, 2 million years prior to the present day, a meteor impacts roughly in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar. It is large enough and strikes at sufficient velocity to create an impact ...
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Are there any tools that people use to generate borders during alternate histories?

I personally think that this question is only slightly more suited for Worldbuilding Main rather than the Worldbuilding Meta, but I'm not sure where else to ask. Is there a website that I could use ...
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What yield of nuclear explosive would need to be detonated in Valencia, Spain, to flood the Balearic Islands?

A nuclear device goes off on the beach in Valencia, Spain - immediately adjacent to the ocean. How large will this device need to be in order to flood a majority of the human settlements in the ...
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The erosion problem on floating islands

Even the tallest mountains will be ground to dust with time. Given, of course, nothing sustains them (like tectonic activity which prevents mount Everest from eroding away too quickly, even making it ...
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Any advice on what is a realistic way to use plate tectonics to create landmasses and barriers?

Recently I've taken it upon myself to create a brand new fantasy world. I created fantasy settings in the past but this is the first one with such a strong emphasis on realism and staying true to our ...
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How different, geographically, would Western North America look if the ice ages lasted 14 million years rather than two-and-a-half?

If such iconic landscapes as the Great Lakes, the Mississippi Basin and New York Harbor are proof of anything, it's that the North America we know has been shaped by ice ages coming and going and ...
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I have a question about details for a floating continent in an alternative earth

How much shadow would a floating continent the size of Australia cast if the bottom most point of the continent rested at about a mile above Mount Everest’s peak? EDIT 07/12/2021 I’m still trying to ...
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How to create a rainforest and desert in proximity to each other such that the desert can be hottest or coldest possible on an Earth-like planet

I have created a tall mountain range and am creating a forest on one side and desert on another. Can this forest be a rainforest? If so, are there any examples on Earth where rainforests and deserts ...
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Reasons to settle outside cities on deserts

I need help solving some problems considering civilization living on plains The World: there is magic, everyone can perform it, it needs a lot of studying to perform - users need special type of ...
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What kind of rock could I use in my mountains?

in my world there is a mountain system where most of the rock is some kind of material or mineral that conducts heat very well. So much so that there is no snow on the peaks as it melts quite quickly ...
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Why there is white ash everywhere?

In my world a war happened between a few tribal leaders a really long time ago. Those leaders had nearly god-like magical powers, giving them the ability to modify bodies, matter (like earth, stone, ...
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Best real-world location for a self-sufficient villain island?

Villains like to live on private islands, where they have a secret base and can carry out their evil experiments in all privacy. The Caribbean is popular in fiction, but for my purposes it is just ...
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Do rivers pass through a mountain range?

So I have just begun with world-building, and this is my first map. As you can see on the map, a small range of mountains splits from the main mountains. What I wish to have is a long river that goes ...
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How can I justify that dunes keep drifting and cannot be stabilised?

I have the idea of a fantasy civilization based around shifting dunes. The idea is that the land is largely uninhabitable except for the coasts, but there are large dunes that function as habitable &...
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What would a bear species isolated on an island look like?

In a science-fiction story that I am writing, there is a species of bears that only live in a specific oceanic island. They are the descendants of American black bears (Ursus americanus). They are my ...
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What makes for a good/bad port city?

What are the factors that would determine whether a city on the coast will become a bustling metropolis or whether it will always remain a modest fisher's village?
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World with only shallow waters?

Is a planet the size of earth minimum, probably even larger, plausible if it has no water depth below 70 meters?
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Is a lake formed and surrounded by mountains, foothills and plateaux possible?

Upon a given landmass I drew a lake, and surrounded it with small ranges of mountains and plateaux, so making it an enormous endorheic basin. The drainage from the highlands would collect upon this ...
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What is a plausible way to maximize the amount of NATIVE silver deposits in a given area?

I have a region on a 'Eurasia' style continent that is surrounded by large mountains. The reason that I came up with was a very dense and volcanically active microplate that was being compressed on ...
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How do you map the climates and biomes on a tidally locked planet with no Coriolis Effect?

I've been looking through some videos and reading up on mapping out climates and biomes for fictional worlds very similar to Earth (Artifexian's videos have been a huge help), but I have been curious ...
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What would a perfectly planned capital look like in a world with space travel?

In a world with limited space travel (basically, people can travel between different moons but not to other planets/galaxies), the ongoing form of government decided to build a perfectly placed ...
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Is there any realistic explanation for Earth-like climate on a Sun-sized planet?

I know that Sun-sized planets are impossible in our universe, please, bear with me. Eastern high fantasy (xianxia) features worlds that span millions of kilometres. For example, descriptions of ...
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Would there be a point to windfarms in a country surrounding a bay and is also almost fully surrounded by mountain ranges?

To better demonstrate my question, here's a very shoddily made image I made in Photoshop in under five minutes. Essentially this country is an almost full ring of land with a natural barrier of ...
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Help with my ocean currents

First off, I'm really not good with designing ocean currents (I find the topic confusing and hard). But for my world which is basically just earth over 100 million years in the future, I need to ...
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Could damming straits be a way to generate power?

There are different places on Earth like the Strait of Hormuz for the Persian Gulf or Bab-al-Mandab Strait for the Red Sea where because of the geography it becomes possible to create a dam. Such ...
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How to Build the Fictional Continents Using Our Real Continents

Presented here is a map of Earth with the fictional continents resurfaced, by the Redditor "Stagman1111": Source From left to right, the presented additional continents are Mu, Atlantis and ...
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How plausible is this volcanic eruption event? Dark Age without total extinction of Stone/Bronze/Iron Age people?

At the end of the desert's westward Great River (think the Nile in Egypt) there is a volcanic island called Harek-Set. Its black mountain is a hotspot volcano which produces obsidian and makes the ...
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Massive volcano on reef world?

Piggybacking on my previous question: Possible reef world? An answer in that question included that reef world is an "old, old world. (So)The core has frozen and plate tectonics have stopped...&...
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How would an expedition from Victorian England scale a large mountain range? [closed]

Suppose it is Victorian England, and an expedition is being sent to a new region. This expedition is tasked with creating a settlement once it gets there in order to build up trading and presence in ...
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Himalayan sized/altitude mountains at the equator

I’m crafting a map for my world and I was wondering what the biomes of mountains the size and height of the Himalayan Range would be like at the equator? The region south of them has multiple large ...

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