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Questions tagged [rivers]

For questions about large streams of water (or other liquids) flowing in a channel to other bodies of water on planetary scales.

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Designing a river which does not overflow

... And if it absolutely has to, then such river should overflow in predictable matter. I have a city idea in mind, where such the city has a river contained in an artificial tunnel beneath such city....
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Is it possible for a river to flow in a spiral pattern?

The question This question has a few parts: 1. Is it possible for a river to naturally form in the shape of a spiral? 2. If not, would an artificially-formed river, in the shape of a spiral, ...
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Volcano near river mouth

When a volcano is under the sea, but close to the coastline, it creates islands. I have a volcanic island near (less than 20km away) a river mouth. Is this feasible? I couldn't find any real example. ...
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If a lake feeding a large river system was suddenly drained, how would it impact the area? [closed]

In my book series, there is a very small planet (slightly smaller than Earth's moon). This is called Planet Squid, and it has a climate and group of cultures very similar to those of sub-saharan ...
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Could a river on Earth be made of a liquid other than water?

So far as I can research, all rivers on Earth are flowing water. There are other substances that are liquid at room temperature. Are there any natural processes that could create a river of something ...
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Why would robots settle at a river?

In this settings, robots are a humanoid looking personal device that try to mimic the owners traits and behavior, even though they 'realize' they are not their owner, but rather a helping robot. The ...
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Effect of source of river and its flow pattern on a budding civilization [closed]

Rivers can either be rain-fed or snow-fed. And most of the bigger civilizations of the past were located on the river banks. The climate of the region is temperate, but nearby there is a mountain ...
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Drawing rivers on a continental scale map

I created the above map using Photoshop and used Wilbur to erode the terrain a bit and calculate possible river flows. Still needs work but I need to create a river mask before I can go on. My method ...
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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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Would a “city on a bridge” be friendlier to the environment than a more typical city on land? [closed]

The "city on a bridge" that I'm envisioning has the entire population living their entire lives on a habitable bridge or a series of such bridges over major rivers, only going on land for recreation ...
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How could a mammal develop that has long legs but lives in a semi aquatic area?

This probably sounds fairly ridiculous- I know, but in short I've been developing a sort of future earth. It's not extraordinarily accurate, but I've been trying to at least keep the obvious in check. ...
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Is my world map unrealistic?

Just to say this first, the map is intentionally on a slant, and so the Northern cold areas are displayed at more of a North-West Angle, for example. I am designing the world from scratch, and am ...
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How to stop a massive canal system from silting up?

Based on the desert world from this question I need to transport around 500 cubic kilometres of water / year across a desert. Using this calculator. this can be achieved if the main feeder canal is ...
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Roughly how much water would my desert civilization need every year?

In my desert canal world all water is supplied from the poles to the temperate zones via a canal network. I want to work out the amount of water that that is needed, so that I can work out the ...
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How fast a current can ancient water way travel overcome?

This question has similarities to this one but concerns canal travel in more ancient times and is aimed at finding an approximate speed of flow not variables. Background Assume an Earth-like world ...
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Reason to not use boats when there is a is river [closed]

In my fantasy world, there is a massive river that flows through the heart of the empire. This river is used for obtaining potable water as well as feeding crops, however, boating is strictly ...
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Argyria and Dwarven Industrial Runoff

The two stereotypes that I've seen the most about Dwarves are that they live in mountains and mine for precious metals and the like. Recently, I've been thinking of an interesting place to take that. ...
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How loud is a river at 100 foot distance? [closed]

The river is 60 feet across and flowing about 10 feet per second at its fastest point. It has boulders but no real whitewater. It is too deep and strong to cross by foot. So, it looks pleasant, but ...
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With medieval technology and governance, what advantages would a long tunnel have over river travel? [closed]

Background I'm working on a high-fantasy setting with the ANSI standard complement of fantasy races. I'm using a map of Earth, since all the geological work has been done for me. Here, the dwarves ...
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Almost tidally locked to moon and the tides it would create

I have a world with a moon, much like Earth and the Moon, except that the planet is almost tidally locked to the moon. The moon therefore appears to move only very slowly through the sky, and takes, ...
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Building a Covert Network Backbone up the Mississippi

Many of the world's internet backbone cables are underwater. But most of these cross deep oceans; how far could you bury cable up the Mississippi without anyone noticing? Could you reach St. Louis? ...
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How do I simulate the path of a river?

In Creating a realistic world map - Waterways, I asked about exactly what processes affect how rivers flow and meander. With some of that knowledge in mind, I'm curious as to how a worldbuilder (like ...
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We broke all the river dams. Does it reverse environmental damage/climate change? [closed]

A group of humans, called the Dams, became sick of political feuds involving water. They were completely tired of the wasteful wars the countries fought for water resources. These wars had created a ...
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A river around the earth

Suppose we would create a river, canal or a tube around the earth and water would flow in it. Where would it flow? And if we put some turbines in this flow, could it produce free energy?
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can the same river be deep and fordable

Is it reasonable for a river to be shallow enough to ford in one location, while nearby (say within 5 miles or less), be at least 12 feet (3.6m) deep? The same river can have shallow sections and ...
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How could Reverse Mountain (One Piece) exist? [duplicate]

In One Piece saga there is the so-called Reverse Mountain. This is a Mountain with sea at east and west, land at north and south. A river goes from east to west following the mountain. That means ...
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Possible: Canal town (e.g. Venice) in a River Valley?

I'm imagining a town in a river valley. The river runs straight through the town and is diverted or spread out into canals that form a grid in the central, low-lying part of the town. Technology is ...
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What are some of the reasons for a river to split?

I know that rivers do not usually split but they can. e.g. It can occur due the glacial shift. Are there any other ways that this could happen? And if it did would one river become dominant a ...
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Natural underground water distribution in a desertic continent

I'm worldbuilding a continent that's mostly desertic (still trying to decide if sand or rocky desert, but definitely a hot desert). All the rain would fall on the edges of it, through a chain of ...
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Sailing the Douro River against the current during 14th century

In my story, a young couple is given a ship to go from Portugal to Spain sailing the Douro River. As it can be noted, this goes against the current of the river. What should they need/have to do to ...
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How could state borders equal major watersheds?

How can I explain, in a believable way of course, that country borders closely resemble drainage divides? They don’t always match mountain ridges, which are natural borders – as are the rivers ...
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How wide can a river be?

Related but not a duplicate: How long can a river physically be on a planet? How wide can a river possibly be? Many river are over 10 kilometers wide, but how wide can a river be before it is no ...
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How long can a river physically be on a planet?

How long can a river be? Are there any physical limits on its length, coming from the necessary altitude drop, the triple point of water, or other factors? You can alter whatever parameters you find ...
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Bay evaporated by a volcano

In the world I am designing, I want to have a bay with a tight bottleneck, filled with salt water from the ocean. You can think of the bay as river shaped. To avoid creating a "C" shaped island I want ...
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How can a river delta not be at the mouth? (Mississippi example)

I'm creating a bronze age setting and one of the civilizations gets their powers from a river whose irrigation produces a vast food supply. So, I decided to figure out where the most powerful city ...
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Effects of a river that flows through the air to a desert mountain?

Suppose there is an Earth-like world with magic. Someone (maybe wanting a mining city or an isolated power base), thousands of years ago, wanted to build a city on a certain desert mountain, five ...
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Would a salt flat be near a river?

Would a salt flat be near a river? I have a world with a Nile River-like region and within a few miles, perhaps 10-20, I have a massive salt flat. The arable land of the river brushes up against ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Waterways

My rivers and streams are just about as good as my waterways - that is, not too good. I do know that their paths are impacted by elevation, so I generally determine the elevation of an area before ...