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Questions tagged [survival]

For questions about the viability of life in certain conditions. For example, it could be used in questions asking about the possibility of life on a planet or other astronomical body.

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How Would A Group of Undersea Explorers Survive if Their Food Supply Ran Out?

In my book series, a group of a few hundred explorers are sent from a planet called Ishgabangaloodoo to explore Sea World. Some things to know about Ishgabangaloodoo: Its citizens are referred to as ...
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Could people survive on earth if a day lasted 100 years?

Imagine we took earth and slowed it down so that a day lasted 100 years, could humans (or any life) survive? Let's assume that there are no ill effects of slowing it down, no massive tidal waves, no ...
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Why would anyone light campfires in The Zone of Alienation

The game The Zone in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is set in modern day Ukraine and Belarus. In the story, a power surge at a research facility causes the explosion of a reactor. The area around the site is ...
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Human Survival on Alien Flora/Fauna [duplicate]

Allow me to pose yet another hypothetical. Your spaceship has crash-landed on an earth-like planet. The air is breathable. The gravity is a bearable 1.2 g. The planet is teeming with fauna and ...
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That's it! I'm outta here! (Small group leaves the city behind) [closed]

Premise: Jane and nine of her friends have decided to abandon their office life, buy an uninhabited section of land, and make a self sustaining colony. The setting is modern day. Starting ...
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Physical characteristics of 3-inch men

In my world, 3-inch humans live on an Earth-like planet. My question, provided by a comment on a previous question, is: What would an anatomically correct 3-inch human look like? How strong would he ...
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Can sustainable farming be done in the suburbs in this supernatural post-apocalyptic scenario?

So, here's my situation: my first book revolves around an unknown entity giving modern day humanity an assortment of supernatural powers. Every week a new power is given to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear World War III breaks out?

This is a world building question in a preventative context because those people or countries would be left fully functional while others gone and the safe areas is where the world building would ...
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Could an astronaut in a near-future space ship survive transit through our asteroid belt?

In the near future we may find cargo ships fleeing space pirates! Given that... It's a small cargo ship carrying 10 metric tons of wheat (cargo volume, approximately 13 m3). Total volume: 100 m3. ...
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How much time would humanity have to cure complete male infertility? And what is the risk-minimizing strategy?

Imagine that all men in the world became infertile right now. (This would apply also to all new born boys for as long as no cure was found.) How much time would humanity have to find a cure (or lift ...
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Self-sustaining Mars colonization

Background A 100 years in the future Mars has been colonized, new settlers and resources arrive from earth every 26 months (when the planetary orbit lines up best) by first taking the space elevator ...
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How old do surviving children need to be to keep human civilization from failing?

This question is inspired by several similar questions on this site. The scenario: at one moment, all people above the age X disappear without a trace. How low this X can be that human civilization ...
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How would the people survive in darkness and be affected by the short periods of sunlight?

I'm trying to make a fantasy world with a longer night cycle than day. With the advice of Renan, 12 hours of proper night, 4 hours of near/partial dark and 8 hours of good light. Similar to earth the ...
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In a world without humans—or any caretakers—would domestic house pets simply regress into being feral or die? [duplicate]

The title of the question says it all: Something happens on a planet like Earth. All humans—for whatever reason—simply disappear. Are they dead? Alive? Or something else? No idea. But for all intents ...
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How would a swamp based society gather food? What perils would they face? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy book where the main group of humans live in a "swamp world." Picture Arrakis from Dune, but swap the desert for a swamp. I don't want these people to have fire. I want them to ...
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Designing long-term, non-magical zombies

Zombies are their own genre and have many tropes associated to them. There's plenty of questions on here that deal with surviving a zombie apocalypse, but they all assume that zombies are capable of ...
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How many years should survivors wait before exiting a nuclear bomb shelter?

I'm writing a tale about a post apocalyptic world. I'm studying the timeline about the world history, I've planned that, using "clean" thermonuclear bombs, radioactivity should be quite lower after ...
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How would I create a society in which the known world has collapsed due to a demon influx

In my story, I wanted to have a world in which humanity had nearly gone extinct from being eaten by demons but eventually the demons ran out of humans to eat and thus died off or went into a sort of ...
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How would an ecosystem survive pitch-black winters of about 3000 years [closed]

I won't describe in much detail the geology and astronomy of the world I'm creating here, whose unnatural shape and so far unexplained non-Einsteinian large-scale mechanics to maintain it may not be ...
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How deep would a pit have to be to make climbing out implausible

Assuming that there is a prison somewhat akin to the one in The Dark Knight Rises, except being nothing more than a cylindrical hole in the earth, how deep would it have to be to make escape attempts ...
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Surviving *almost* fatal gunshot wounds with minimal medical aid

Okay so I have a world set roughly 50 years in the future. Guns are more efficient by use of liquid ammunition that solidifies when exposed to air (more ammo in a magazine). Bullets are smaller than ...
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How long could a human being survive after being swallowed by a whale?

In the short story, a man is swallowed by a giant, fictional fish. In fact, he is swallowed whole along with his log cabin and a bunch of hand-crafted tools. In a "The Martian"-like narrative, he ...
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How long could an alien species survive at sea?

The species in question are Herbivores, bipedal in nature, around 50 to 80 pounds on average, and require around 2250 calories per day to stay healthy. The ships these populations would live on are ...
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What's the smallest patch of land a single person could be food-sufficient on indefinitely, in a temperate climate?

One person lives alone with access to a small patch of useful land. They have to grow all their own food and survive indefinitely. This small patch of fertile soil is the only useful land. No grazing,...
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What profession would best prepare someone for life in a post-apocalyptic setting? [closed]

I often enjoy using settings in which civilized society as we know it has recently collapsed. I find this to be a particularly interesting way to explore the limits of human survival, especially when ...
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Is it possible to survive in an endless desert?

I'm writing a sci-fi story in which a group of people are stuck in an endless desert. While I've mostly figured out the philosophical aspects of the story, there are still the practical ones. It's a ...
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Protection against h-bomb core explosion conditions thinkable?

Assume a human in direct vicinity (think 1-50 m [if you need more space for your intended device]) to the explosion center of a nuclear fusion bomb. Is survival via technology thinkable? The TNT ...
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What valuable survival tools could be scavenged from an average High School?

So, after a nuclear holocaust, the students at Gun Runner High school are all evacuated with all survival kits, and a large amount of chocolate milk. There is no food left, and no lighters from ...
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Could the average human survive if we were thrown back in the wilderness? [closed]

(Okay, first time on this site so forgive me if I'm not clear or too broad) Short question: Could the average human survive if we were thrown back in the wilderness? And would we be able to re-...
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Could a member of an aquatic species survive a direct shot of the swim bladder?

So, on the planet Aqautas, the Aquata species is the apex species. They have cities underwater, made of an alien coral, and submarines to get around the planet. Crime is also an issue however. The ...
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How to not get killed while in an enemy country? [closed]

So, on a prototype deep sea submarine, a group of soldiers (sailors?) are on a mission to test out the new craft, when a nuclear war breaks out between two superpowers. They are out in the middle of ...
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What could post-apocalypse humans do about dangerous, genetically augmented dogs?

So, out in Colorado, in the city of Den (population 1600), there is a huge problem. Before the war, a geneticist lab was trying to create police dogs that were stronger and superior to normal dogs. ...
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What are the building materials, crops, and livestock my post-apocalyptic community needs to survive?

Near Twin Lakes, Colorado, there is a group of people who have formed a community called Five Families, named after the five extended families that settled the area (The Donners, Troys, McKyles, ...
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Children are abandoned on a planet, but why? [closed]

My story is set in the relatively far future of 3812 AD. Humanity has united under one country and spread out across the stars. While there are protests of government corruption and separatists ...
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Apart from common enemies and survival, what are the factors that make players collaborative? [closed]

Apart from common enemies and survival, what are the other factors that make players collaborative in an open world game? For example: In Rust(https://rust.facepunch.com), randomly spawned players ...
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Is it possible for a species to survive unassisted if each individual is so specialized to the point that they cannot survive without the colony

EDIT: Since many people think this question is unclear, let me rephrase it: Can a species with only specialists survive unassisted for a long period of time? Specific applications: A Robot group ...
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Safety equipment to survive decompression

In the future, space travel is common, so common, in fact, that commercial transport is available to most people, like air travel is to us. As a passenger on a vessel of Galactic Spacelines, half way ...
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Would there be any mass extinction should the polarity of Earth magnetic field flips at 1 GHz? [closed]

If the polarity of our Earth magnetic field were to flip (oscillate) at around 1 GHz or 1 billion cycles per second, would it spell disaster to fauna and flora that depends on it for navigation like ...
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Will a knight in shining armor survive this zombie filled task?

When all the fuels are consumed, the bullets are all exhausted, it all comes down to melee weapons in terms of surviving a zombie horde. My question is, will a human in a knights armor be the key to ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

First, let's settle the background. We're in a middle of a virus-induced zombie apocalypse. Infected people don't return from the dead, but have their brain capacities cut to a basic minimum and ...
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Can a person covered in mud survive an ordeal with fire breathing dragon?

In my upcoming novel, my protagonist decided to paint every part of his body in mud before engaging with the fire breathing dragon which dwells at the bottom of a dormant volcano. The flame from the ...
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Is life viable on a split Earth? [duplicate]

After tossing this question in my head for a while, I can't really come up with the best results. The situation is someone or something has split the earth in half, through the core and has moved the ...
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Humans surviving on surface without Sun

Is it possible for humans to survive on the surface of the Earth, assuming the Sun was, for some reason, not emitting any light/heat/other radiation? Would whether the Sun was actually present affect ...
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What would a Special training school for Agents look like? [closed]

What would a Special training school for Agents look like? It's a School where Agents have to be trained to survive in every weather condition, where they also learn how to survive in the Wilderness ...
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Reality Check: Is This Habitable Long Term for Humans

Planet: Xibalba (Mayan Hell) Tidally locked planet around a red dwarf that is very active with solar flares being a daily danger. The habitable zone around the planet is made up almost entirely of ...
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In a post-apocalyptic world why would the survivors build bases instead of just using the abandoned buildings to live in? [closed]

I'm making a survival game and a question popped up on how would I "in-game-explain" to the player that they can't just board up an abandoned building and call it home, but instead they have to gather ...
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Is a 100% effective mass extinction possible without destroying the planet?

Say I want a 100% effective mass extinction to take place on a planet similar to Earth. It should kill everything, even bacteria. It doesn't need to happen overnight. I'm perfectly fine with some ...
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What effects would regular ash fall have on an ecosystem? [closed]

I have a desert world with high tectonic and volcanic activity. To the point where an ashfall is not an uncommon weather pattern. The ash itself would be very fine fertile ash. The ash also has a ...
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What would human survivors eat in a post apocalyptic Nuclear winter?

Let's assume that: the entire nuclear arsenal available on earth is launched and detonated, completely obliterating civilization but leaving a few humans and animals in very remote areas alive. this ...
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How Could An Antarctic Society Import Everything They Need For An Average Lifestyle?

My question is such: in a modern town or city in antartica, what would people produce/sell in order to import the other things they do not have yet? In this hypothetical city, people can get water ...