Questions tagged [polar-region]

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Ocean currents near the poles

I'm trying to create a earth-like world, with different land masses. I want to make a realistic climate scheme and determining ocean currents is a part of this. I've done some research on ocean ...
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Desert poles but arctic equators; trying to find out if specific way is possible

I'm trying to create a planet with a hot desert north and south pole but a cold equator. Is this possible? and if so how? And if it's heavily related to space how would night and day work on this ...
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Rotating a map projection - software question

Not a duplicate of What software is available for map creation? as the focus is on how, not what -- requesting useful projections for a polar context, and techniques to transform between projections ...
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Ice Caps around the equator of a planet? [duplicate]

Is it possible for the cold, usually polar region to be around a planet's equator — like a belt rather than on far north and south? If so, what would be the circumstances of an Earth-like planet ...
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Sea of Fire in Polar Regions

Would it be possible to have a cold and remote polar region if the oceans are made of fire? By that, I mean that in the place of water, there exists lava.
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Polar cannibalism menu choice: fit or fat?

I have a community in a freezing polar region who occasionally resort to cannibalism to survive. This only occurs when all other food reserves are exhausted due to story based logic. Each year/few ...
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Cardinal direction names at a north polar moon base?

There's a human settlement at the north pole of the moon large enough to sustain expansion outwards for say 100 km in all directions. Humans like to think in terms of four principal cardinal ...
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Antarctic Climate on Greenhouse Earth

Scenario: Say we have a massive release of greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere, however much for the ocean around Antarctica to get just warm enough for hurricanes to form during the summer (28.5 ...
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Is it possible to have hot desert polar regions and an icy equator?

I'm embarking on a fantasy book so I guess in essence you can write about anything but I do want an element of plausibility. Could you have hot desert caps on a planet and an icy/winter equator?
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Can there be a planet for which orbit and precession take the same time?

Is there a necessary relation between orbital period and the time of precession? In the case of Earth, the orbital period is one year, while a complete precession cycle takes thousands of years. Is a ...
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Could nuclear fallout melt the ice caps and cause an accelerated sea level rise?

I'm writing a story where a total nuclear WWIII occurs in the early 21st century. in a matter of minutes all of the world's nuclear powers unleashed their entire arsenals on each other in an event ...
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South Polar Bears

The Arctic ice cap is melting away soon. Some (probably misguided) ecoactivists think it would be a good idea to safeguard certain indigenous species of the North Polar region (especially mammals) by ...
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Can a situation exist where there is one pole that is hot and another cold on a planet?

I am trying to design a world where one pole is very cold, and the other is very hot. I don't mean that there would be instant death in either, but it is colder than our South Pole on one end and ...
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Reconciling Polar Calendars

This is a calendar question, for the Fortnightly Topic. Background On planet Polarworld, a future alternate Earth, the ambient temperatures are so intense that the only habitable areas are at the ...
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Hamada this place! Plausibility of hamada desert features in a polar region

Definitions Hamada: A type of desert landscape consisting of high, largely barren, hard rocky plateaus, with very little sand because this has been removed by deflation. -- From Wikipedia ...