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What type of climate or geography would allow for a large mountain (10000m+) that glows when the sunlight hits the rockface?

The idea behind this is that there is a large mountain in my world that can be seen from the capital city over 500 km away. I took inspiration from Denali in Alaska, and how it can be seen from ...
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What is the feasibility an inland sea situated inside a mountain range be?

I am currently creating a map. It has two landlocked inland seas. However, I want to make them interesting. I am still learning, so please bear with me regarding my formatting. The approximate height ...
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Could mountains form on anhydrous planets?

The primary mechanism for mountain formation (of which I'm aware) is uplift of the crust, with rivers eroding their way through softer sediments as the crust rises to form peaks and canyons. That ...
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Can mountains form in rings?

I really don't know anything about how mountains form and I'm not sure if my idea could actually work. My world is basically the same as earth (but with different continents ect) and my city is on a ...
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Where would mountains make sense on those land masses?

I created landmasses thanks to Azgaars Fantasy Map generator. It was not based on any consideration so far, like tectonic plates due to lack of expertise. It was done purely based on a personal ...
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What would a mountain and desert made out of diamond, glass, or a see-through fantasy material look like?

I once ran across a question on this forum a few years back that questioned if mountains made out of diamond could reasonably exist. Ever since then I've been interested in the concept of diamond ...
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In the rainshadow of an equatorial mountain, would savanna (Aw) or hot desert (Bwh) replace rainforest?

This is a map of the area in question (pink/brown = mountains, lime = savanna, and dark green = rainforest). The top line is the equator, and lines are 10° apart. Would the area in the upper area of ...
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Anatomically Correct Yeti

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. The Yeti/Abominable Snowman is a cryptid animal from British/Tibetan folklore. It is a large & bipedal apelike creature with white fur ...
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Necessary Conditions for Fantastically Large Mountain Range

Desire: In my world, I would like to have a (potentially unreasonably) large mountain range that is so large both in height and width that it is both entirely impassable, and disappears into the ...
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Would a diamond mountain floating in the mantle cause a supervolcano or lava pool in the crust above it?

I was looking for ways to make gigantic mountains, and found Willk's answer to such a quandary, where a giant diamondberg forms in an ice giant and is incorporated into a terrestrial planet's crust, ...
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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 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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Would salt mines, lakes or flats be reasonably found in high, snowy elevations?

I have multiple regions in my fantasy kingdom one of which is largely high elevation tundra, ice fields and snow covered mountains (the ice fields and tundra are not in the same area of the region). I ...
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Habitable planet without oceans and with all rivers flowing towards the poles

The surface of this planet is about 3/4 the one of earth. It has no oceans or seas, its landscape defined by huge mountain ranges between 15 and 25km high. Most mountain ranges are latitudinal (N-S), ...
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How difficult would it be to find today a meteorite impacted on a mountain during the Middle Ages?

I have the following scenario: a large group of enslaved people (one hundred or so?) looking for a meteorite on a mountain. It struck at some point in the Middle Ages. It is an asteroid of unknown ...
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Deserts and Rainshadows near Equatorial Continent with North/South Mountains

So I have two continents on the equator with a north-south mountain range. One has the mountain range roughly in the middle, while the other is on the east coast. The plate boundary for the east coast ...
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Is it possible for humans to flatten a mountain in 200 - 300 years?

Say there was a war, taking place on the top of a large mountain (not very tall, say 3000 feet, but the base is double the area of a normal mountain). Would it be possible for an two armies constantly ...
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On an alien planet, what kind of geological phenomenon can create a crystal mountains range?

Context: In my speculative evolution project, I've created a biome where the snowy tops of mountains have been replaced with crystals. The crystal should come from inside the planet, just like lava.
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Is possible to have a Spiral formation for oceanic dorsal or tectonic plates borders?

Is it possible in a world to have for example spiral-like formations of mountains or oceanic dorsal?
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Permeability of mountainous rock by seawater

This is tied to a previous question of mine Does atmospheric pressure relate to altitude or sea level, what would happen if sea level rose, but the land was not submerged? Given the same scenario of a ...
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Could a continent walled with mountains be a tropical desert?

Can a triangular continent (sharp part oriented south) the size of Australia and located exactly at the equator be entirely desert if it is surrounded by two mountain ranges (comparable to the ...
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Would residents of a 17th century, snowed-in Alpine valley be able to maintain contact? Pigeons? Couriers?

It's the early modern period. A few Alpine villages, maybe a little town or two, get temporarily cut off from the rest of the world due to heavy snowfall. How can they communicate with the outside? ...
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Is it geologically feasible for a mountain cave system to allow passage from one side of a mountain range to another?

I have a mountain range that separates two places that certain people will want to go between fairly regularly. Right now they have to travel around or over a mountain range to do that. I've been ...
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What would happen if a world is full of mountains? How would it affect the geography, environment, and gravity of the planet?

I was thinking of making a world that is filled to the brim with mountains. I'm not saying that the world is just mountains, but the area or terrain is so difficult that it's hard for land vehicles to ...
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Where are villages usually placed?

Do villages always live next to or near mountains? I live in a country where villages are still around, however the only ones I know off are placed near mountains. My intention is to: Write a village ...
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How high a mountain could possibly be climbed?

There has been a fair bit of previous discussion about how high mountains could get. I'm currently thinking about a different question: assuming the existence of a very tall mountain, how high would ...
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How would a secret tunnel be kept entirely secret?

The world this is set in is located in a valley and doesn't allow anyone to leave. They are very strict about this so there are many watchtowers along the top of the valley sides, and soldiers ...
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Is it possible for a palace to be situated inside a mountain side?

In my novel, I was planning to have the palace/citadel type place located inside a mountain- so like a sort of cave type thing, but on a bigger scale. There would be decoration around the entrance of ...
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What would be the conditions to bring about an extremely mountainous planet

What would be the conditions of a planet for it to, over the years, form an extreme amount of mountains all across the planet. Not like a ball of spikes, just extremely mountainous. I still want this ...
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Mountain ranges and tectonic plates -- how can I make my world map more plausible?

This is the first world map I’ve ever made. I tried a smaller one a while ago, but now I’m attempting a map of a full planet. As always, this world is Earth-like, etc. I also have yet to finish it, ...
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How could I have a mountain range that completely bisects my land mass?

I want to have a mountain range in my continent that splits it into two parts, such that it is incredibly difficult for them to communicate. How could I pull this off in a plausible way without having ...
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Can a giant mountain be used as a wind shield?

In my story, a whole scientific mission will land on a desert planet whose temperature in the day reaches sixty degrees Celsius, they will land near the North Pole, specifically next to a Great ...
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How high would a mountain have to be to have no snow on its summit?

On Earth (or another planet with an identical atmosphere), how high above sea level would a mountain have to rise so that its summit would no longer have any snow on it, not even temporary? The ...
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What minerals could carry light inside a hollow mountain for illumination?

I have this hollow mountain that has a closed ecosystem inside it. What's interesting is that vegetation thrives within the bowels of the mountain despite being almost completely closed off from the ...
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Are snow caps plausible for a mountain range in an extremely large desert?

I have a very large desert, approximately 15 000 km across from west to east (the north-south distance is around 4 000 km, although it's at a bit of an angle). The desert is bounded at one edge by a ...
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What kind of rock could I use in my mountains?

in my world there is a mountain system where most of the rock is some kind of material or mineral that conducts heat very well. So much so that there is no snow on the peaks as it melts quite quickly ...
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Is a lake formed and surrounded by mountains, foothills and plateaux possible?

Upon a given landmass I drew a lake, and surrounded it with small ranges of mountains and plateaux, so making it an enormous endorheic basin. The drainage from the highlands would collect upon this ...
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What is a plausible way to maximize the amount of NATIVE silver deposits in a given area?

I have a region on a 'Eurasia' style continent that is surrounded by large mountains. The reason that I came up with was a very dense and volcanically active microplate that was being compressed on ...
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Reasons for a very small but very high mountain range in an area with no plate boundaries?

One of the cities in my world, known as Kerkapeze, is situated in a location I just realized I'd have to be very creative to justify: it lies on a narrow plateau between two high but very small ...
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How would harpies get supplies up and down their mountain homes? [closed]

Clearly, harpies can fly up and down between their mountain homes and the ground. They may be able to do this while carrying a considerable weight. But that's still the hardest, most manual way of ...
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What effect would exceptionally tall mountains have on high-altitude wind currents in an Earth-like environment?

I am currently in the process of building my fantasy world from the ground up and as I finished my height map, I realized I had some pretty tall mountains. Not just a few of those stereotypical lone, ...
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Craggy coastline due to divergent plate tectonics

I wanted to create a landscape in which a coastline is lined with a cliff in the following arrangement (the image below is a transversal cross section): I also wanted this arrangement to be achieved ...
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How do I draw these weird mountains on a map?

My world is covered in these- How do I draw them on a map? You can't draw them like a normal mountain, they're too different. Plus, these are my land- nobody lives anywhere except for on these ...
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Mountain inside a "crater" after a meteor impact?

A meteor crashes in a very geologically unstable region of an earth-like planet. A few years later, a person visiting that site will find the following features: A concave depression, of a circular (...
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How Would the Mountains Form in This Supercontinent?

Here is a supercontinent map generated randomly from the Donjon website: Now, hold on just a minute. Something looks wrong. The mountains in brown and white are too far inland to be caused by ...
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What is the largest a mountain could be? [closed]

On a given planet, what is the general way to determine the maximum height a mountain can reach?
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Would Big Goats be a good animals of burden, in a mountainous region, used by dwarfs?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to replace Cattle with Goats, in mountainous regions of my Dwarfen Kingdom. I was thinking about creating a special bigger bread that is similar to an ox. Would it ...
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Just how high are my planet's highlands, given its higher gravity and atmospheric pressure?

Highland or Alpine climates are largely defined by their low temperature, low humidity, and high elevation the prior two owing to the latter due to the lower pressure. As one goes up, the temperature, ...
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How to make drooping mountains?

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the town of Whoville is situated between a few drooping mountains. Here's an example taken from the movie: The tip droops, and the mountains can rise either ...
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How do you build an underground city that "cuts through" a mountain range?

Let's say I have a mountain range similar to the Andes but with no easy passes, hence forcing everyone to circle around it (for hundreds or even thousands of miles) in order to get to the other side. ...
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