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Requirements for melting snow from orbit using EM radiation

My (your) goal is to melt several tons of snow and ice in a small area using electromagnetic radiation beamed down from a spacecraft in orbit. The atmosphere that's in the way is vaguely Earth-like ...
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Would an underground civilization be feasible on a frozen, sunless Earth? [closed]

If our Sun was teleported away by aliens, would it be possible for people to survive? I'm assuming that humans had prior warning of this ice age (the aliens warned us first) and could drill ...
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Can ice magic freeze blood?

In my story, one of my main characters has ice powers. She can turn water into ice, she can conjure ice (sucking moisture out of air and freezing it). She can also drop someone's body temperature, as ...
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Ice Dome Greenhouse

I have an icy planet with temperatures that average about -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-73,3 °C). The planet also has thousands if not millions of domes scattered across its completely icy surface heated ...
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Could the Missouri River be running while Lake Michigan was frozen several meters deep?

During an ice age, would it be possible for a great lake to be frozen while a relatively nearby river was still running? To help illustrate my point: Would it be possible for Lake Michigan (or parts ...
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Living ice magic - what can I do with it?

I, the Grand Sorcerer Alazam of the Guild of Arcanists, have invented a remarkable new spell! Using unique magical artifacts, I can create what I call 'living ice' - chunks of ice that grow and ...
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Would it be possible for someone with ice powers to stop or “freeze” a wound to their heart?

I have characters with ice powers. I was planning that they could freeze an injury and prevent it from progressing. An arrow is shot at their heart, but I could possibly change the location to make ...
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Snow on a low-gravity, high-pressure world

Disclaimer: I am not a meteorologist. Snow forms when supercooled water droplets nucleate onto particles in the atmosphere. After forming, they grow further by both tumbling around within the cloud ...
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Would glacier 'trees' be plausible?

The setting is in a region of a planet comparable to Earth's California in regards to location. The soil is extremely rich in nutrients and subsurface water. But for the past three million years the ...
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Is it possible to ice skate on an ice moon/world?

If you found out a way to produce a smooth icy surface on an ice moon like Ganymede, Enceladus, or Callisto, what kind of challenges would someone face if they tried to start ice skating? I figured ...
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What could trigger powerful quakes on icy world?

Imagine a planet orbiting a star some billions of lightyears away from us, the planet is 4 times the mass of Earth and is covered with ice 100km thick on average. It is believed that liquid ocean ...
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How to make ice magic work from a scientific point of view?

I've recently been imagining a world of magic with heavy influence from chinese wuxia and xianxia. In such worlds, there's often various fire and ice magic, among other different types. Now, fire ...
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What color should the snow be in this chlorine world?

This question is in the same context (the same world) proposed by Steven L. Gillett in his book: "World-building". And actually there have been some other questions about this same chlorinated world. ...
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How can I turn ice into gold?

I have my eyes on this new Porsche but all I have is an unlimited supply of ice and a molecular distillery. How can I convert this ice into gold? The molecular distillery can disassemble and ...
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Building my Flat Earth, how to make my Ice walls last for eternity [closed]

In a world where Earth does NOT have gravity (Gravity does not exist). Our oceans are created by Ice walls. Ice walls? How can they exist so long? In the Flat Earth model, the Ice walls are situated ...
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How to ensure the safety of a surface base on Europa?

If I have a research & mining outpost established on the surface of Europa, in which there is a small complex of buildings, how do I claim to have them protected from potential breaks in the ice (...
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A snow sea: How to make water snow light/smooth enough to obtain fluid properties under 1 gravity

A roughly earth-size planet orbits a cool G-class star, but barely within its circumstellar habitable zone ("Goldilocks zone") allowing liquid water. It has a shallow inclination and and lackluster ...
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How Can I Build Ice On an Iceberg With Primitive Tech?

Let's say a group of people live on icebergs. They want to shape them - e.g., let's say they want to add a pier to their iceberg, how do they "grow" the ice. Prefer a primitive answer, but if there ...
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Wheel-based vehicle vs Ground-gliders

In a mostly snowy world (snow deserts, snow jungles, etc) with a few underground cities built with magitek, most popular vehicles are rovers/gliders (think speeder bike from Star Wars). Would there be ...
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Getting through the ice, to the ocean of Europa [closed]

Trying to figure out the practicalities of drilling through the ice on Europa's surface, to drop a sub into the water beneath. From what I understand the three most viable methods would be Wait for ...
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Value of ice during the Renaissance

This is set during the Renaissance, a mostly normal European setting. Magic works through controlling the flux of energy. A mage can't simply create energy, but he can store and change it. Most ...
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What types of challenging atmospheres might exist on an ice planet?

We know that Venus has a poisonous carbon dioxide and hydrochloric acid atmosphere at a temperate of over 800 °F, but what about an ice planet? Mars is mostly freezing with a trace atmosphere, we have ...
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Can ice asteroids cause an icy ship

Question If a ship went through an asteroid belt where the asteroids are mostly ice, could the ice in any way transfer onto the ship and give it coatings of ice in various places, or would there be ...
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Aliens with freezing powers

So I have been doing some thinking and I now am trying to design some aliens who can exhale very cold gasses or cool the atmosphere around them as a side effect of their metabolism and also survive in ...
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If ice was denser than water what plants could survive?

Are there any plants from our universe that would be able to live in this crazy alternate universe where ice is denser than water?
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How strong could a land of ice clouds be?

In my world, there is a forest of giant trees on both polars. The trees create a canopy that is perpetually covered in ice. This frozen canopy extends so high that it supports a "land" of frozen ...
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Could water be separated from a mixture by natural condensing/freezing?

Our colony has landed on a planet which is a complete barren desert wasteland, the surface as dead as the moon but also extremely cold, being quite far from the local star. They have settled at the ...
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How would a microscopic organism create kilometre long fibre optic cables from ice

My story premise is that a human expedition to Europa has happened and the travellers have tunnelled through the ice and formed a colony in the ocean. When they breached into the ocean, they ...
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Landships on a Snowball Earth?

I've been playing a lot of Deserts of Kharak lately, and I am wondering if landships depicted in game, which are essentially seagoing ships on tracks, would work in a Snowball Earth scenario. By ...
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How to efficiently protect a city from constant snowstorms?

Sort of an extension of With minimal terraforming, what features/structures would need to be built to protect a 25mi radius city from wind? but with some more items to consider. For whatever ...
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How to make ice magic possible? [closed]

My Writers SE question about an ice magic user reminded me to ask this question. I'm writing a long (~1000 pages) hard fantasy story (in French, don't judge me on my English :p). In this story, ...
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What are the effects of generating ice from water vapor on a large scale?

Let's take the most famous scene from Frozen where Elsa creates her ice palace up in the freezing mountains. Now imagine Elsa doing the same thing at sea level, in the summer, where the conditions are ...
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Rocky core, internal ocean, ice crust, external ocean

So I writing a story where we terraform Titan using super heavy green house gases where the lower part of the atmosphere near the surface stays warmer. Because of this, a portion of the moon's icy ...
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Frozen inside an ice cube

You are a mad, demented evil scientist getting revenge on John Smith, a secret agent that has thwarted your plans one too many times. Intent on making Mr Smith suffer, you decide to capture his family ...
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Dropping ice in the ocean to stop global warming

In the TV show Futurama, an in-show infomercial mentions that Earthicans started dropping giant ice cubes in the ocean to slow down global warming. Now, Futurama is a show where science is a mixed bag:...
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How good would ice weapons be?

2700: To avoid apocalypse by global warming, a powerful nation (probably America) stops the Gulf Stream. This puts Europe into an ice age, and averts the impeding disaster. However, Europe was not ...
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What could you mine from a city squashed by an ice sheet - in a new ice age?

Western civilisation fell over a few centuries ago, because the Earth shifted back into a full on ice age climate. Oh and Skynet kind of happened. Ice sheets expanded, inexorably rolling over the ...
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Stopping Glaciers and Colonizing a Super Antarctica

In my World , an Antarctic-like region is slowly growing, as the world gets colder and glaciers from the north expand , destroying all structures in its wake. Even worse , the glacier creeps at an ...
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What kind of catastrophic event would cause the Earth's atmosphere to thin out?

Is a dystopian future with a thinner atmosphere and heavy snow feasible? Also would that mean that snow clouds formed at lower altitudes?
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New York in an Alternate Ice Age

The geographical features that make New York stand out from any other of the United States--Long Island, the huge boulders scattered in the city and the Hudson River, deep enough for barges to pass ...
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Heavy water icebergs

Imagine an Earth-like planet with oceans that are comprised roughly 50/50 of heavy water and normal water. My understanding is that while heavy water ice sinks in normal water, it would float on heavy ...
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Would towing icebergs to drought stricken countries be feasible? [closed]

It seems a simple solution to the world's water problems if it were feasible. What Would be entailed for such a monumental task, if say, the iceberg was 100 tons, and traveling from Greenland to the ...
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Major Mountain Ranges…Minus the Ice [closed]

The most major mountain ranges in the world have proven themselves to be distinctive. This distinctiveness is made possible only by a recent history of being sculpted and resculpted by ice. Rocky ...
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Animals migrating north from Africa after meteor hit Earth - era of 'ice' [closed]

To eleborate on my question asked here - Light Emitting Animals - What happens to the food chain? where every animal has evolved / produced a light emitting organ. Scenario - 200years after my first ...
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The Ice Age Cometh: Global Balance of Power

Oh boy, was Al Gore wrong. In December 2016, Winter Came. At first, it was called the Snowpocalypse and other cutesy names. The TV presenters in the Northern Hemisphere soon stopped laughing however. ...
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The Poles, Great Lakes Earth [closed]

There are three major differences that make Great Lakes Earth’s Arctic considerably cooler from our Arctic. First off, compared to our oceans, the Arctic Ocean of Great Lakes Earth seems to have a ...
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The Ice of Eurasia, in Full Detail [closed]

This post is related to both If Britain Had Ice From a Different Direction and Turning the Baltic Sea into the Baltic Plain. In OTL, the farthest south the ice reached in Europe was close to London. ...
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If Britain Had Ice From a Different Direction

At the height of the last ice age, glaciers as thick as one mile reached as far down south in Europe as London. This is the reason why England and Wales have very little mountains, and why the ...
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An Earlier Pleistocene = Mass Extinction?

Five million years ago, the warm Miocene gradually descended into the cool Pliocene before dropping into the frigid Pleistocene. Such a change in temperature was so gradual that life went on without a ...
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All fresh water is frozen

If all, or most, fresh water was frozen due to temperature drop over the space of a few generations, what would be the effects on living organisms such as humans and animals? Take in to consideration ...