Questions tagged [mountains]

For questions about protrusions of rock and other materials above the surface of a body.

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How would a 30-kilometer tall mountain on an Earthlike planet look?

Let us take an earthlike planet. Approximately same radius, atmosphere and climate. Now let us create an approximately circular, paleovolcanic mountain approximately 30 kilometers in height and 150 ...
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What is the climate of a mountain range at the border of the polar front?

I am currently designing a world for a series of short stories and have started looking at what kind of weather patterns would be present in certain regions. For simplicity's sake, we can assume the ...
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How high/large can a mountain range get?

Start: Normal planet, very similar to Earth. The main difference is that the continents are placed differently. Magic could play a role in the formation of mountains but I prefer a scientific ...
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How quickly can I form a mountain chain?

I'm designing a world, and I want it to have major geological changes over a short period of time. This includes continental drift, which I'm assuming should have some interesting results. In ...
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The Great Plains Between Two Taller Mountains

In this alternate scenario, only the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians stand firm in the United States. Even so, some differences apply. The Appalachian Mountains (right) have grown to as tall as ...
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How long lasts a second of eternity? [closed]

Given a famous tale, which can be found here: The king said, the third question is, how many seconds of time are there in eternity. Then said the shepherd boy, in lower pomerania is the diamond ...
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How to stop a waterfall

My world - think 13th century medieval Europe - has a gigantic waterfall. Imagine Niagara Falls but even bigger, consuming multiple sides of a big mountain. People don't climb the mountain, as it is ...
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How would mountains and hills have to be made-up in order to impede tunneling them WHILE still allowing them to be mined out?

In my con-world I went lengths to introduce a plausible lighter-than-air element and did rather large amounts of thinking about landmasses in order to promote the development of airship technology ...
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What would change if our Earth lacked mountains? (Geology)

I just asked myself what is the role of the mountains on Earth? Well there's a well known role for the climate and weather. But is there a kind of physical or geological role? What would happen if ...
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Geological aftereffects of an asteroid impact on a large mountain range?

For the sake of analogy, let's take the Chixclub impactor and move it a mountain range akin to the modern Himalayas. Obviously we're dealing with an extinction level event here so I'm not concerned ...
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How could a mountain range naturally form in a roughly clean, complete shape?

In this universe, the planet Paveiha has a mountain range that completely surrounds a region in a semi square/rectangle(ish) shape. Inside the borders of this vast mountain range is a verdant land ...