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How could pirates reasonably transport dinosaurs in captivity, some of them enormous, across oceans?

In my novel, there is money to made in the capturing and selling of 'exotic' animals from a distant, jungle-covered continent, though for various reasons (notably that it is illegal under Roman rule) ...
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Elevated island

Well, so you have sailed to explore the seas, and you seem to be lucky! You have found an island. It's massive, 32 000 km^2. You really can't imagine what riches such a massive island could contain. ...
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Is It Possible to Have Different Sea Levels, Eventually Causing New Landforms to Appear?

I'm trying to explain a large continent-sized archipelago that doesn't run in any particular direction. As such, plate tectonics cannot possibly explain its existence. This is an Earth-like planet. ...
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Planet with a surface area that’s 90% water or more?

I’m thinking that there will be one small continent, about half the size of Australia or a bit larger. The single, massive ocean is inhabited by an aquatic humanoid species (yes, think mer-people) ...
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Ecological implications of osmotic portals

Suppose some magical civilization on Earth-like planet can create portals. Any given portal entrances are spherical surfaces of the same radius. Any particle enters one sphere and exits another in the ...
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Archipelago worlds build up atmospheric oxygen faster?

I've read super-earths might become archipelago planets. Picture shallow seas, under a thick atmosphere that alternates between muggy and clammy. Because a bigger share of the surface would be ...
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How would a supernaturally heated caldera bay affect the local climate?

A supernatural geological event occurred and created a huge caldera-like formation on the coast of a region similar to Scotland. Over time the caldera filled with water and became a bay surrounded by ...
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Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [closed]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
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World underwater: technical viability

I want to put a story in place where a country lived underwater, and I am wondering of its viability. Here is the world description: It is a square of 100 km*100 km on the ocean with the weather and ...
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How much land disappearing would it take to drop the sea level by 10 meters (30ft)?

THINK ATLANTIS There's an island. Maybe it is a continent, maybe not. I am not sure and that is why I need your help. If the size of my world is equal to Earth's, what landmass size would it take ...
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What would the climate/environments be like on a planet covered in small crater lakes and seas? [closed]

Imagine an Earth-like planet with no major oceans, all the water has collected into circular craters from impacts that are no longer occurring. Let's say the planet is covered evenly with 50% water ...
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Growing seaweeds on lakes and seas in tundra-like biome

Ok so I was thinking about a Viking-like civilization living in a tundra biome. So, other than raiding villages southwards or hunting wild beasts in the forest, could they cultivate seaweed for ...
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What armor for my giant slug species to do battle at sea?

Set in the medieval period around 1400AD, the atlantean set flipper on the land of the giant slug and destroyed many acres of crops, this provocative action angered the giant slugs. These giant slugs ...
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What would a sea made of Iodine look like? [closed]

If it was possible, what would a sea made of liquid state Iodine look like? How would it smell? From my research, I've seen people saying its liquid state is somewhat "invisible" since it generates a ...
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Repercussions of floating nuclear power station going into meltdown?

Set in an alternate 2010s/2020s, floating nuclear power station are now common as they can provide power to any city it is docked at (think along the lines of this real world example. or this ...
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Replace sea salt with sugar, what happens? [closed]

A malefic wizard has announced to the world that tomorrow he will turn all diluted sea salt into sugar. What will the environmental effects be?
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If the Black Sea was disconnected from the Mediterranean, how long would it take to become freshwater?

The Black Sea is a brackish body of water, that used to be separate from the Mediterranean. Further back, it was likely part of the Mediterranean before the last ice age. How long would it, or for a ...
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Natural pearl factory

Related to my other question. What would be best conditions for a natural super colony of pearl oysters and the best conditions for them to produce pearls naturally. Shallow or deep waters? Slowly ...
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Can I have a beach of pearls?

Far south-west of the main continent exists an island in a shape of crescent moon with dense jungles and slender mountain peaks and a single city named Kalt stands in a place where the islands' ...
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How could a natural road form across a sea?

BACKGROUND I'd like my earth-like world to have a naturally formed narrow strip of land that bridges a major sea. Now, before anyone rushes off to comment about island chains and land bridges, I'll ...
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Is this coral lagoon geologically possible?

BACKGOUND I’m working on a region for my world, and I have a very distinct idea of what I want the physical landscape to look like. Below is a description of what I'd like for the land, and an ...
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Any stealthy methods of tracking vessels at sea before advent of RADAR?

Clearly, I don't mean simply keeping eyes on a target ship -- unless of course there was some method by which one ship could remain within visual range of another without being seen by the target. I ...
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Would a Roman civilization be willing and capable of building large scale sea defences against a serious but unrealised flood threat?

Scenario The straits of Gibraltar never quite opened and the entire Mediterranean basin is dry land apart from a few large salt water lakes at the lowest points ~5% by area. The Europe – Africa land ...
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Shapeshifting an individual's physiology for environment (Space Whale)

So let's say you have a typical Space Whale: 27 km from stem to stern, an ecosystem for many creatures in and of itself. I feel that I don't need to explain this part... just picture an average space ...
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What are the effects of building an artificial land bridge connecting Britain to Europe?

I was wondering what would happen if lots of dirt and rocks were dumped into the English Channel to create a link between England and Europe?
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Sea Travel Variables

Basically, I am looking for variables in travel for the same ocean or sea journey, along the coast, but in the opposite direction. No motors, just standard 15th century ships. I am building a world ...
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The Tethys Renewed: Where Cold Meets Warm?

The Cape of Good Hope in South Africa is the point where the warm, moisture-carrying Agulhas Current from the Indian Ocean collides with the cold, nutrient-carrying Benguela Current from the Atlantic. ...
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How do the tides work when the sun powers the moon to keep out evil?

So I wanted to give the players a reason to eventually go to the moon. But this is a fantasy setting, so having the moon just be a big rock floating in space would just be so.... blasé. So I came up ...
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What would be the consequences of humanity migrating from land to water?

I'm constructing a world where the humanity had to migrate from land to water somewhere in antiquity. In this world, humans are living on seas and rivers. They live both on pier-like and other fixed ...
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What could cause humanity to migrate from land to water?

I'm constructing a world where the humanity had to migrate from land to water somewhere in antiquity. In this world, humans are living on seas and rivers. They live both on pier-like and other fixed ...
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How does a herbivorous mermaid species without gills and swim bladder stay underwater its entire life?

Fish breathe through their gills by extracting dissolved oxygen from the surrounding water and most bony fish species have evolved swim bladder to help them maneuver the sea effortlessly. How do the ...
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The Tethys Salinity Crisis

From 5.96 to 5.33 million years ago, disaster struck the Mediterranean Sea. A tectonic snag turned this... ...into something like this. In this alternate scenario, the sea separating modern Europe ...
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What would happen at the core of a water world?

If there existed a planet that was made completely of liquid water, no solid matter at all, what would the core of such a planet be like? Let's assume that this planet has conditions similar to earth, ...
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Would we solve oceans rising problem by destoying the Moon?

Sea levels are rising due to global warming. The Moon brings tides that also rise the sea level. If we destroyed the moon could this problem be solved? Would it have other consequences?
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Make humans digest salt water?

As followup to this question: What would it need to make land animals (and humans) able to digest salt water? That would be very helpful for everyone travelling across the oceans. There are millions ...
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Edestus Gigantus In modern oceans

What are the effects of introducing 2600 sharks of the primitive Edestus Gigantus specie* in modern waters in different places on earth? Will they survive, how ? for how long? can they destroy the ...
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What if the ocean's salt level decreased by 50%?

What would happen to the fish/animals living in the ocean, if the water became 50% less salty, within the space of three months? Would everything die, or would they evolve very quickly? Related: What ...
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How big of a tidal wave could 2 binary planets create

So I'm working on a story based on a binary system involving two Earth sized, Earth like worlds with very eccentric orbits. In the story, one of the major coastal cities is protected by a massive ...
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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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What would be the consequence of higher oxygen level in water

Related to this question on the topic of merfolk. What would be the consequence of higher oxygen level in water? As far as I know it is at 14 to 15 mL per liter with a water temperature at 0°C. (...
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What would a receding seabed provide for human civilization?

In my world, the Straits of Gibraltar have been closed during a post-apocalyptic glacial period and the Mediterranean is isolated from the oceans. The result is similar to the Messinian salinity ...
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How to have a tribe measure the tides while living under the sea?

I'm dealing with a primitive tribe (of a species that can breathe underwater) that lives deep under the sea, and has little in the way of human technology. Resources include things naturally found in ...
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Animals migrating north from Africa after meteor hit Earth - era of 'ice' [closed]

To eleborate on my question asked here - Light Emitting Animals - What happens to the food chain? where every animal has evolved / produced a light emitting organ. Scenario - 200years after my first ...
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What could totally submerge a city without causing too much damage?

What occurrence could completely submerge a city- let's say Los Angeles- relatively quickly without actually causing a great deal of damage to it in the initial process? (A little like Atlantis. But ...
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The Neo-Tethys Sea, in Full [closed]

In Turning the Mediterranean into a sort of Neotethys, I focused only on tilting Africa to the extent that Gibraltar has become an isthmus connecting Africa to Europe, thus opening passage to the ...
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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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What 17th century technology can the people use to hunt a sea monster?

During the 17th century CE, there are many accounts of a giant sea monster living in the sea and the king ordered a search party to destroy it. The sea monster usually shy away from people and feeds ...
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How much would it cost to recreate Doggerland as it existed before 16,000 BC?

To expand the territory of the EU, one can consider recreating Doggerland by reclaiming the lost land from the sea: Had our ancestors had more technology, they could have dealt with the sea level ...
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HELP! Stuck on a small island with only rum [closed]

Ok, so I'm stuck on a small pacific island due to bad sailing skills. I've lost everything I had except my laptop and internet connection. Now, my mouth requests water, but movies told me not to drink ...
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Creating a realistic world - Thermohaline circulation

One crucial aspect of the climates have been left out so far, deep water circulation. It's the major force driving the heat transfer form the equator to the poles and its flow can influences local ...