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Questions tagged [mountains]

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

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How to design a fortress in a mountain to keep it hidden, but still have it easy to defend?

How could a fortress that could hold around 5000 people with the technology available in medieval Western Europe (1200-1300) be built into a mountain? The fortress would be designed so it remains ...
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How to survive mountain environments with a tribal culture?

Assume we have an Earth-like environment. If a tribe with only early medieval technology were to settle in a mountain environment: What resources would be needed to deal with the elevation, cold, ...
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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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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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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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How to prevent a desert from forming alongside a large mountain

I'm wanting to have two regions separated by a large mountain but do not want either side to become a desert. What would the conditions have to be on the desert side for this to be prevented? This is ...
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Medieval town built on the desert side of a mountain range?

Could a medieval town have been built on the desert facing side of a mountain range? Not a Himalaya size mountain, but definitely at least Rocky Mountain size. It's a big desert and is one of the ...
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How might a mountain bowl form?

On a world similar to Earth minus size, gravity, and a mildly different atmosphere. The weather is much more violent, causing frequent dust storms. The planet is larger than Earth and is mostly ...
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Is an offset mountain range plausible?

For my world, I would like a coastal mountain range that partway along its length is offset by a few (say, 100) kilometres, forming a pass through the mountains, like so: (N.B. I've drawn this very ...
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Giant rock spikes sticking out of the ground

Would it be possible for huge, hundreds-of-metres-long spikes of rock, ideally slanting at an angle, to arise under natural processes? For clarity, I mean like this: Copyright Joe Jesus There are ...
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Is there anything wrong with my plate tectonics map?

Here is a map I just produced of the plate tectonics of a world I'm working on. Does anyone familiar with the subject see anything wrong with it? If you can differentiate between the penciled and the ...
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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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Rideable mountain climbing mammal

Mountain goats, and some other mammals, are exceptional climbers. They can climb slopes at greater than 60 degrees. Unfortunately they are too weak to carry humans or goods without serious injury risk....
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Reason why a mountainous Kingdom doesn't have/use much metal

Essentially in my world I have a large and mountainous kingdom, but I have always envisioned them wearing leather armor with cloaks etc. Is there a valid reason I could state for why they don't wear ...
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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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Coastal Mountain Ranges--In Which the Mountains are the Coast

One of the ways to create a major mountain range is a process called subduction. Here, heavy oceanic rock sinks beneath the lighter continental rock. The result--coastal mountain ranges like the ...
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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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A world without mountains

I'm relatively new to all this. I'm thinking of studying a little Earth sciences in the hope that it tells me but, up front, I want to know if I'm completely off. I want to know if a world with no ...
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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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What would make a good dog/wolf foot in mountanous terrain?

What characteristics (compare those of a mountain goat foot: good grip on rocks, doesn't slip off, etc) would the foot of a dog or a wolf need to have to be useful in rocky settings such as mountains (...
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Are the mountains and rivers on this map okay?

It's not finished yet, so it's still pretty empty. But I can't stop worrying about the rivers and mountains, so I ask for help. It's about 1100-1200 miles from north to south.
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Can I harness a volcano as a weapon?

This may be the first of a few questions in a series about building a medieval mountain fortress. I'll wait and see what the reaction is. In the middle of a series of mountains lies a stratovolcano ...
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How Might I Design Mountains for My Tidally Locked Planet?

In a story I'm writing, the setting is a tidally locked planet with a moon a fifth its size in a binary system of a mature red dwarf and much smaller second sun. I haven't decided the planet's exact ...
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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 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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Can I get some help with the calculations of my mountain?

Two days ago, I asked a question how to stop a waterfall. I got great replies, and had to reconsider some of my numbers. Now I came up with this calculations, and I would like to check 'm with all the ...
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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 ...
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How would a large arctic mountain range affect the weather?

How would just the weather be affected if there was huge mountain range between the Arctic and the mid latitudes of a planet? Roughly 50-60 degrees latitude. A little further south than Earth's Arctic ...
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What's the width of the average mountain?

If I have a mountain that is, say, 3,000m high, how could I work out how wide it should be? Does anyone have any guidelines that would let me work out the bounds for the width of a mountain given its ...
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How far can a city atop of mountain be visible?

So I was building this city atop a mountain plateau with 1900 to 2300 meters high. That mountain rests on a small island, in the middle of the sea, near the continent. More information about this ...
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Mountains and Nuclear Bombs

I am building an apocalyptic world, and I am wondering about the effects of mountains on nuclear bombs. I'll start by defining what I am talking about. Mountains: For arguments sake lets say this ...
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Would It Be Feasible to Hollow Mount Everest Into a Palace?

Let's say that some Oriental emperor had decreed that he should move his palatial residence from China to Everest. Specifically, he wanted Mount Everest to be his palace, which means hollowing the ...
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Pass of Loud Whispers

In the days of the Wonderful Chaos that followed the Great Divergence, an eco-poetess by the name of Deirdre Skye briefly walked the stony pathways of our world. In a narrow mountain pass by the ...
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What changes would the body have to make in order for it to survive at high altitude?

One of the tribes in my world exists among the mountains of which the tallest is almost 16,000m. A major city for the tribe exists on the mountain at around 8000m. Therefore, what internal - or ...
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Is it possible for divergent plate tectonics to produce mountain ranges?

So I posed a question (Calamity breaking a supercontinent in days - Would there be any survivors?) about a calamity that would break a Pangea-like supercontinent in a matter of days. I assume that the ...
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Can We Build Erebor [closed]

A common sight in fantasy is the mountain fortress, a Dwarven castle embedded in a giant pile of rock. In Lord of the Rings, in the Lonely Mountain, lies the city of Erebor, the city in the Mountain, ...
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Where should I place mountains in this world map? [closed]

So... I have this world map that displays only the seas and landmasses of an earthlike planet. Could you help me place the main mountain ranges where they would make sense according to plate tectonics?...
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Is it possible for a mountain to be made out of glass?

If there is a lot of sand on a planet and it is incredibly hot for some reason and glass forms with two continental plates colliding into each other, it is possible for the plates to push up the glass ...
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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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Realistic placements of Mountains and the like

This question basically boils down to this: What would be the places on a given continent where one would find mountains? I have seen maps from games, movies, board games, books etc. where it would ...
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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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When two continents crash against each other, mountains arise, right? [closed]

In the background of my world it happens that two continents crash against each other. Now that I've done some research, do I correctly understand that this would create a mountain range? Or did I get ...
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How high would a mountain have to be?

I'll keep it nice and simple. On a world that does not rotate is it possible to have a mountain that is high enough that when you sit at the top, you can see the divide between daylight and night that ...
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Aden Bahçesi, Great Lakes Earth [closed]

(Set in an Africa on Alternate Earth 111, known conversationally as Great Lakes Earth) Outlining the boundaries of Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Ehtiopia and Eritrea are a range of mountains ...
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Would this region have a desert?

I realized that mountains typically form deserts and lush areas via the rain shadow effect(in other words, most of the rain is on 1 side of the mountain forming a lush area and barely any rain gets to ...
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International Trash Mountain [closed]

How high would trash mountains be if all the trash was piled into 1 continent like Antarctica? https://michielkauwatjoe.com/images/works/trash-mountain-michielkauwatjoe.com-large.jpg