Questions tagged [ice]

For questions about ice (the solid form of dihydrogen monoxide) in its many forms.

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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 ...
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If Earth Were Forged by Fire and Ice

Our Earth first came into existence 4,543,000,000 years ago as an inhospitable ball of molten rock that barely survived a crash from a Mars-sized rogue planet whose impact gave rise to the creation of ...
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How Does Steel React to Ice?

In this alternate scenario, for six to ten years, latitudes as far down south as Chicago experience eight to nine months where the daily high barely reaches zero Fahrenheit (−18 degrees Celsius)....
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Is it possible for the oceans to freeze solid (at least on the surface)?

Can the oceans freeze (at least several feet below sea level)? I know that the temperature for salt water to freeze is lower/colder than fresh water, and when it does freeze, the ice is mostly salt-...
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Is it possible for a planet to be devoid of polar ice caps?

I know water is required for life on a planet so I got to thinking, is it possible for a world to be a functional planet (plants animals etc.) without polar ice caps and if so, how would it work ...
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What would happen if there was no Antarctic Landmass?

I understand that Antarctica plays a large role in driving ocean currents and thus the climate of the planet. However, I'm curious what the world would be like if there was no Antarctic landmass at ...
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If We Push the Ice A Little Further South

Back home, the Pleistocene ice never reached farther south than New York or London. These ice ages had been coming and going for two and a half million years. On average, there was enough ice to ...
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Use ice to climate control settlement

The heat wave that my area is going through got me looking longingly at the ice in my freezer. I understand that leaving the freezer door open does not help cool the house, but it got me thinking... ...

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