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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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IF you had a territorial struggle based on magic, how would it play out? [closed]

A large part of the political power in my world building for my book is based around a concept called "grinding" where a faction would gradually amass influence and natural resources by ...
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Bidirectional engineered rivers for long distance non-self-propelled boats

Building on my previous thread and taking into account suggestions Long distance travel by non-motorised rolling vehicles I wish to consider two-way rivers that flow in opposite directions at the same ...
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What would be the climatic and solar conditions of a canyon 1 kilometer below sea level in the West Siberian Plain?

Imagine a 3km wide, 99km long canyon which is 1km below sea level, just next to the city of Surgut but not passing through. This canyon has been dug as part of some superproject which seeks to create ...
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How would the ocean currents of these inland/shelf seas work?

Outlined in ink are the relevant coastlines/continental shelves, as you can see there are two inland shelves that are inland/shelf seas. As the major ocean current ends at the southernmost shelf, I'm ...
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Help with a planet that resembles Mercury: double sunset/sunrise etc

I'm new. I'm here because I need help for the geography of a fantasy planet I'm building. I don't want to be scientific, but I also want that my planet is credible. I imagined a planet that has maybe ...
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Is it common enough for swamps/marshes to appear in the uplands/highlands of a land mass as opposed to the lower regions?

This one's simple; I am creating a wilderness map for a TT one-shot and the details of the map see a swampy bog in on portion of a valley running between the mountains, and a canyon going through the ...
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What's the ideal spot on Earth for a planned city? [closed]

In my story, the megalomaniac wants to build a planned city, driven by a delusional utopian vision. Where should she site it? Assume no political limits. Assume no budgetary limits. This is only abut ...
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Creating a second earth: How to make a continent?

So, to cut a long story short, a group of people are attempting to turn an earth-sized exoplanet into a new earth; that is, a planet artificially made indistinguishable from old earth. This planet has ...
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What biomes would Atlantis (mythical land in the Atlantic Ocean) have? [closed]

Atlantis is a mythical continent from Plato's writings. It was an advanced island that rivaled Athens. It lost favor with the Greek gods and as a result it fell beneath the waves. Neat story but I'm ...
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Effects of the Himalaya's absence on the Mongolian plateau

According to the world's map, the Mongolian plateau is almost entirely covered by a desert and I just have discovered that it is north of the Xinjiang deserts, the Tibetan plateau and the even higher ...
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What would be the different climates of an island six time the size of Madagascar in longitude and latitude near the west of the Drake passage? [closed]

I have 4 geographic peculiarities to take into account that could influence the climate : The island is surrounded by a chain of mountains(oceanic ridges) that can protect the coastline from ...
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How would giant creatures that "live" underground shifting their limbs affect seismic activity

Please excuse me if I make any mistakes, this is my first post here. If there were giant creatures, ranging anywhere from 20,000 square miles (approx. 30,100 square km) to 100,000 square miles (approx....
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Possibility of building a landmass connecting Asia and America in the future

I am thinking of a scenario in which a climatic change and rising sea levels (whether true or not IRL) is threatening the Earth and I have learned that changes in sea levels might be caused by melting ...
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What would happen if Olympus mons erupted?

The Tharsis range is a quartet of immense volcanoes on Mars, one of which, Olympus Mons, is largest in the solar system. It is so vast that it cannot be seen from the surface; should you stand it’s ...
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Where to choose to rebuild after a population reducing event? [closed]

I am trying to come up with a cohesive and easy to understand set of rules for finding where to "start over". The setting is a group of hikers come out to a world that has collapsed for an ...
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On an Earth-like planet, what geologic features would contain which important minerals (such as gold, iron, copper)? [closed]

I'm writing a book that's set on a planet very similar to earth, meaning it has all the same gravity, mineral compositions, and geologic features. With that in mind: What geological features are the ...
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What biomes would Gondwana, a supercontinent consisting of South America and Africa have?

Hundreds of millions of years ago, there was a supercontinent named Pangaea that had almost every landmass on Earth. Later on, that landmass drifted apart into continents. It first became smaller ...
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