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Questions tagged [geography]

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

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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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Ultimate Australian Canal

First of all, yes I'm Australian, and yes I am using a kangaroo to type this up. If you take a look at Australia, it's a pretty sad place geographically. Very flat, very dry, mostly desert and for ...
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How would a half-steppeland, half-desert kingdom with only a single river function?

On one of the continents in one of my fantasy worlds, I have a kingdom. The kingdom is comprised of two different geographical regions, a steppeland area in the kingdom's north and a desert region in ...
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How can I create an enormous crater?

My world has a huge crater (4400 miles in diameter) on a world that's roughly earth equivalent (so a circumference of 25000 miles). The native population doesn't need to know how it was formed but it ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible for a river to flow in a spiral pattern?

The question This question has a few parts: 1. Is it possible for a river to naturally form in the shape of a spiral? 2. If not, would an artificially-formed river, in the shape of a spiral, ...
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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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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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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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What are some ways mass changing of terrain in a short period of time could occur?

By "short period of time", I'm referring to the timeframe of weeks to months (not days or hours). For example: at the start of one day the land is flat, but after a few weeks or months there is a ...
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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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How can an entire continent be concealed from the rest of the world?

Basically, it's a continent that wants to be really hard to find (you can find it if you try really, really hard). For example, if you got in a ship and wanted to sail to it you wouldn't be able to ...
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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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Ringstadt: Can my mountains be what I need them to?

When the old mining town was founded, nobody did think of this ever growing into much more than a coal-mining town. The deposits of iron-ore, aside from the already developed peat bog to the north, ...
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What would make scientists realize they were on a flat world?

Scenario: While poking around in an alien ruin, scientists discover a gateway which offers instant transportation to an Earth-like world. The Observed World: The gateway leads to an area that is ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Designing a river which does not overflow

... And if it absolutely has to, then such river should overflow in predictable matter. I have a city idea in mind, where such the city has a river contained in an artificial tunnel beneath such city....
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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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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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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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How do I create realistic geography?

There are many fictional worlds that don't make sense. How can I make sure my biomes flow with a realistic feel? Like where should I place mountains to create desert areas? What are some biomes that ...
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Can Europan ice cracks sustain complex ecosystems?

Europa's surface is marred with huge, curved cracks, called lineae, which may - depending on the thickness of its icy crust - expose the subsurface ocean to sunlight. Pictures like the one above (...
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Where in Europe can I detonate 100 kt (non-nuclear) not to harm anyone?

Reality check: Protagonists of my story have a scientific device of a peaceful purpose. Unfortunately, despite the peaceful purpose, activation of the device, as a side-effect releases about 100 ...
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How to make my map realistic? [closed]

So I'm making a map of my fantasy world (it's got six main continents and it's an earth like planet) and I'm not entirely sure how to make it realistic, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I ...
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Creating flying cities

Writing about suspended cities within a planet's atmosphere! The story itself focuses on the air forces that fight for each of the hundreds of floating city states living in the sky, but that's here ...
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Is this map realistic/believeable?

I'm working on this map right now. Is this map realistic/believable? The continent would be about 5 million km² and lies in the temperate climate zone. (I intended it to be smaller than Australia; my ...
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Aside from low gravity, what conditions favor dramatic terrain?

Fantasy and sci-fi works often are set in worlds of dramatic terrain, because, well... it's dramatic. A few examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about: I understand that Earth has some ...
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How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Instead of Earth as we know it, humans evolved on a slightly smaller, habitable earthlike planet with different geography. Due to the plot reasons, I would like to keep them confined to one (large) ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges? [closed]

I’ve got a fantasy world in which the landmass is essentially a large series of archipelagos and island chains. For a real world comparison, think the Hawaiian islands in range of size and distance ...
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What geographic characteristics for a world would be needed/be most beneficial for airships to be a common mode of transportation?

Airships are a hallmark of countless steampunk and dieselpunk constructed universes. Of course, in our world, they were around for a short while. I want to know what effects geographical circumstances ...
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What are the advantages of small countries vs large countries? [closed]

One day when we fly in our spacecraft to an alien planet and meet with their leader, I have always naturally assumed that there would be one, i.e. a single government representing the planet. So, an ...
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Could a (strong) confederation of countries take over the world? [closed]

This is a follow on from @alexp's notes and comments on What are the advantages of small countries vs large countries? Rather than expanding via forceful takeovers and empire building, the EU has ...
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Mechanism for high geographical change but not killing everything

Premise: Earth has a magical cataclysm that pulls up new mountains, pushes down parts of landmasses, and generally reshapes Europe enough to make it unrecognizable (to the average person looking at a ...
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If everyone in the world disappeared except 35 random people, how long would it take for one of them to realize they're not alone?

Everyone suddenly disappears from earth except 35 people randomly scattered wherever they were before everyone disappeared. How long would it take on average for 2 or more people to meet? What other ...
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In a single-continent world, what could cause hydrothermal vents?

In the world I'm building, there is a single continent. However, in the deeper parts of the ocean, there are hydrothermal vents. They're pretty necessary to my story, but I can't figure out why they ...
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If a lake feeding a large river system was suddenly drained, how would it impact the area? [closed]

In my book series, there is a very small planet (slightly smaller than Earth's moon). This is called Planet Squid, and it has a climate and group of cultures very similar to those of sub-saharan ...