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Effect of high frequency of impact events on geography,climate, and environment

Earth sized planet in the goldilocks zone. Similar mineral composition and surface water. Photosynthetic life evolves and thrives on land and sea. Atmosphere and climate comparable to the beginning ...
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High Mountains in High Gravity

What would cause/allow a planet with very high gravity to have tall, sharp mountains? Mountain height is generally capped off by gravity, erosion, and the mountains composition. On a higher gravity ...
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Could Inuits survive in Antarctica?

Imagine that a group of Inuits from Greenland settled in Antarctica; let's say on the Antarctic peninsula, if there is no better place in Antarctica. Could they survive there with their traditional ...
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UHT Ceramic Geology

Earth rocks are largely silicates, combinations of silicon, oxygen, and various other trace elements. What would a planets geography look like if the crust was primarily composed of ceramics like ...
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Could present-day humanity survive on Antarctica alone?

Tomorrow morning, an apocalyptic event wipes humanity off the face of the earth - except for in Antarctica. The nature of the catastrophe is unclear, but it seems that any human will die within a few ...
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Is there a plausible way to change the appearance of the surface of a planet, and have it immediately reform?

Basically a world that cannot be mapped.
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Climate Map Climate

My friend and I are working on this world called Roia. It shares many terrestrial properties with the real life earth: composition, axial tilt, distance from the star, presence of water, etc. You can ...
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Could a frozen ocean support a nomadic race of people?

This is a another sequel to my Plutonian questions, but I’ve decided to take a break from them and focus on another part of the world. Basically, my version of Pluto has five continents, each a ...
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How could Antarctica become its own independent country?

In the "Legend" trilogy and its sequel "Rebel", author Marie Lu envisioned a far future where Antarctica is a superpower decades after the United States splintered into two separate countries. The ...
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Is it possible to farm in a swamp?

In my world they live in a swamp similar to the Okeefenokee swamp in Georgia. My question is, would it be possible to farm certain plants like wild rice, milkweed, and lilypads in these conditions? ...
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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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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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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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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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Could a geothermal plant work for several millennia

Is possible to have a geothermal plant (not necessary a very powerful one) to work for several millennia without the place where it is built over running out of heat? I found a page (don't remember ...
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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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Can one humanoid species evolve to live at an altitude where another, similar species could not survive?

It seems that people who live at very high altitudes have demonstrably "thicker" blood, highly concentrated with red blood cells to overcome the low concentration of oxygen in the air. Moving between ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What would weather/geographical conditions be like on a tidally locked moon?

I'm trying to figure out what weather patterns and geographical conditions would exist on a habitable moon that is tidally locked to a much larger planet/gas giant. From my research, I was able to ...
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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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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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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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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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She Can Move Mountains (Literally)

Imagine we're in a world where massive, outrageous amounts of energy are available at our fingertips. Perhaps one of those crazy cold fusion ideas panned out, or we eventually built ourselves a --...
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How to name places that have multiple names?

When designing a world it is convenient to decide how places will be named: Elements like the continents and the oceans. However, it is likely that the different cultures of the world will not agree ...
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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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If my world is flat (obviously not possible) how would I explain the edges?

I don't want my world to be infinite, that would be a pain to draw maps for. And I need it to be flat (for a slightly unrelated reason). How would I explain why no one has looked over or seen the edge ...
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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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