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Questions tagged [underwater]

For questions about events occurring below the surface of a body of water.

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How would a colossal explosion affect an ocean-based planet?

In my book series, a space station called the T-Ray that is capable of causing explosions the size of the Chixculub impact explosion just fired at a planet that is completely covered by a massive ...
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Submerging to avoid storm damage [duplicate]

The land is full, there are no roads, and cars can fly. Some spend their whole lives in a single square mile. Life isn't entirely miserable for the average person, but trust me. You wouldn't choose ...
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High tech underwater weapon

Assume soldiers of the future need to fight person to person underwater, at depths from 30 to unachievable today, like 1-2 kilometer. Today, underwater warfare between scuba divers, involves ...
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In a single-continent world, what could cause hydrothermal vents?

In the world I'm building, there is a single continent. However, in the deeper parts of the ocean, there are hydrothermal vents. They're pretty necessary to my story, but I can't figure out why they ...
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How large does a human’s plastron need to be?

I’m referring to an entomological plastron which is a structure that traps a bubble of air next to the insect's body but permits contact between the air and the water. As the insect consumes oxygen ...
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The practicality and feasibility of a fully-submersible aircraft carrier

There's this organisation with an underwater naval base on Île Pott masquerading as a third rate hotel resort. Said base features several underwater hangars housing a considerable fleet comprised of ...
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What phonemes are most recognizable underwater?

In my fantasy world, there has been a longstanding presence of underwater civilizations, both alongside and independent of surface-based kingdoms. In the style of Tolkien's Beleriand, various ...
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How can a planet have an atmosphere in a universe full of water? [closed]

Imagine a universe where the space is not empty (or almost empty) but somehow it's full of water or other liquid. How could planets still have an inhabitable atmosphere? What could make this "air ...
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Could mermaids feasibly make clothing out of natural rubber?

In a world I'm currently developing, I'm working on a merpeople equivalent (more or less physically identical to your bogstandard mermaids, for the purposes of this question), and I want them to wear ...
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Could a person scuba diving take off his air tank and use it to propel himself?

So, in my story, in a prelude to an epic aquatic fight scene, my main character gets chased by a great white shark. He swims as fast as he can but he can’t escape. Just to clarify, he’s wearing one of ...
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Could you actually make Sandy's Treedome in real life?

So, I have a question that focuses on a character from a show, Spongebob. Sandy Cheeks lives in a reverse aquarium under the sea in Bikini Bottom, in a dome that looks like this The Treedome is made ...
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Would the collapse of civilization make turning into a vampire and colonizing the ocean floor a sane idea?

One idea I've always wanted to try writing is the concept of vampires exploiting their lack of a need to breathe and generally low-maintenance biology to escape the brunt of the sun's rays by living ...
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Getting through the ice, to the ocean of Europa [closed]

Trying to figure out the practicalities of drilling through the ice on Europa's surface, to drop a sub into the water beneath. From what I understand the three most viable methods would be Wait for ...
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Foundation For An Underwater Dome [closed]

Can I get help on how to make a foundation for an underwater dome that can hold an amount of 150,000 people? But don't try to use Wikipedia, please.
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Are there any structural materials suitable for production underwater?

One of the points made in a number of recent questions regarding underwater races has prompted me to review one of my older pieces of world-building. Namely: the difficulty of producing common ...
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What is a realistic look for a humanoid race that can live in deep-water and land? [closed]

So I have an original species that I'm creating called the Larimar. I have a picture of them below, which I drew. I'm still working on the backstory for these folks, and I don't want to give away too ...
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What to have in a future colony [closed]

can I get help on finding out what the price of many items would be in a colony in the future or in 3000? I also need to know what kind of ways we could use a colony underwater. Someone please help ...
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Weapon that can destroy an underwater city?

Two intergalactic superpowers, the Western Republic and the Eastern Empire, are in a Cold War. The Eastern Empire is comprised of mostly aquatic species, while the Western Republic is mostly ...
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Forging metal under water, using thermite

I have a world setting that contains a variety of underwater species, some crustacean, some cephalopodic, and other varieties. Different species are adapted to different depths, and a few are ...
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What would the “tanks” of an underwater race look like?

Note: Some answers will refer to not just tanks, as previously I asked about military vehicles in general, then edited it because it was too broad. So, right now I'm working on a project centred ...
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Deep Sea Habitat on a Low Gravity Planet

I read somewhere that the lowest depth for a sustainable underwater habitat is estimated to be three-hundred meters. Any lower and the pressure becomes too great for structures that are currently ...
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How would an aquatic, air-breathing species develop the technology to create a spaceship? [closed]

This question is about attaining the technology required to build a spaceship. The asserted duplicate question assumes that technology already exists. In order to build a spaceship, you need to: ...
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How would an aquatic, air-breathing species organise its spaceship interior?

It's easy to imagine how would a water-breathing aquatic race outfit its spaceship - take a normal spaceship, insulate it, fill it with oxygenated water, possibly add some enhanced turbines to pump ...
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If a species of dolphins were developed with a few tentacles, what type of society would they build? [closed]

One of the most special things about humans compared to other animals is our industriousness. We have intelligence and we are able to make use of it. I was wondering if Dolphins, widely considered to ...
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What underwater creature would be well-suited as a pack animal?

Suppose that there was a tribe of nomadic mermaids whose lives were primarily centered around following pods of dolphins to eat. They live in the equivalent of the frigid antarctic seas. As they ...
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Could modern sharks adapt to live in deep water?

After circumstances make the shallow water in the oceans uninhabitable, great white sharks retreat to the deeper parts of the ocean, about 600 feet down (182 meters) to survive. The sharks can not go ...
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How long could a city last if it were completely underwater?

Let's say there is a city, about the size of New York City, that is made only out of stone, steel, and glass. This city would be completely underwater. Assuming no humans are alive in this city, how ...
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What weapon would be used by a civilization living 10 000m underwater?

I am creating a population of human fish that has created a city in an oceanic trench. There are few things to know about this kind of people and the place where they live: they are a bit stronger ...
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Where on Earth is best to build a large underwater lab complex?

Let's say I'm an extremely rich and somewhat secretive research group who wants to carry out experiments and such away from the prying eyes of the public. One of the obvious ideas for the location of ...
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Could an aquatic mammal develop an eel-like fin as opposed to a fluked structure?

Anatomically speaking, could an aquatic mammal develop a horizontal fin that instead of being localized at the end of the tail extends up the sides in a similar manner to how an eel's fin extends up ...
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How can a sunken city, Atlantis disappear from the sonar?

It is still a myth as far as our modern civilization is concerned, Atlantis located somewhere within the devil's triangle and it's inhabitants had struck down many planes and vessels daring to disturb ...
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Could Air-Breathing Mermaids Colonize Atlantis?

I rediscovered this article recently and loved all the creative answers on how a mermaid might build underwater. This, for me, brought to mind Atlantis, the kingdom that sank into the sea. I've ...
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How do 21st century C.E. submersibles enter an underwater dome swiftly and safely?

Imagine there is a micro-city built on the ocean floor in the pacific ocean covered with a durable dome with a 1 mile radius to keep water out. At this moment let us assume that the dome holds up ...
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Sea/Air fighters using current/near future tech?

The Setting I'm doing background work on a story involving a civilization about as advanced as ours materiologically. A significant part of their military operates along the continental shelf zone ...
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Calculating the Resistance of Water, for Purposes of Violence

I'm writing a story about mermaids. For this reason, I'm wondering how much you can hurt someone by say, throwing a punch, hitting them with a rock, or even throwing a spear or rock. I'm not sure how ...
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In an underwater society, would the wheel ever be invented?

In a different question, someone mentioned "technology dichotomy", where they said "you can't invent time travel without first inventing the wheel". Then I read the question In a society of flying ...
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How would nuclear fallout affect the oceans?

I'm trying to build a setting in which humankind would have no other choice than to live underwater to survive. Suppose there was a nuclear war in which a huge part of the human population died, and ...
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How to manage water in a city 2500 feet below sea level?

In my Pathfinder RPG campaign setting I have two continents separated by an isthmus. An artificial canyon carved through the isthmus from one ocean to another divides the continents. The canyon is ...
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What would merfolk economies look like?

This is a world with underwater merfolks and other humanoids. They have opposable thumbs, so they can use tools humans can use. Lets assume there's different subspecies and races of these merfolks, so ...
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What is a medieval technology method of underwater enemy detection?

I am writing a DnD module where fishmen are invading island nations. The islands would naturally have adapted to this in some way as the raids have been happening for years. What method would these ...
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Engaging your warp drive while underwater

There have been more than a few questions covering Alcubiere warp drives, many about what happens with one at FTL and a few about using them at sub-light speeds. I'm curious about what happens at ...
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Reliable Source of Heat for Underwater Society? [duplicate]

This society consists of various peoples and fantasy races, but most of them have heat requirements similar to humans. What would a reliable source of heat for this society be? Bonus points if this ...
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Underwater acoustic muffling/dampening and sonar evasion. Is a stealth torpedo possible?

So I have various factions with submarines and surface ships battling it out for control over various underwater resources. One of the rarer and more lethal weapons is a "stealth torpedo". It presents ...
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How would a huge sexual dimorphism and a short male lifetime of sapient celaphopods affect their society? [closed]

Related to the question: How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda? After breeding several lines of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (...
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Can underwater Atlanteans make explosives without coming onto dry land?

Is it possible for under water Atlanteans to make explosives? These Atlanteans have no magic but do have gills. They look like normal people other than the gills and webbed hands and feet. They ...
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How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda?

I am working on a scenario where a climate protection organization tries to breed sapient Cephalopoda as a help in their fight against climate change. The breeding goals of the evolving species are as ...
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What natural objects or phenomena would likely be worshipped by blind squid-like underwater aliens?

Throughout the world in the past (and even today in some parts) there were certain things which, in the eyes of humans, must have seemed immensely powerful and even terrifying and thus deserving of (...
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What type of military technology would develop in a water-covered world? [closed]

If there was a world of earth-like size and atmosphere completely covered by water with a sentient species, what would their military technology look like? Assume high medieval level technology ...
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Deep Water Weapons/Vehicles [closed]

Edit: The original question had too many offshoots and was too broad. I hope this new question is better formatted. I am working on a concept where Earth is unintentionally "invaded" by aliens from ...
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What alternatives for fire can an aquatic sentient species use?

Since fire doesn't burn under water aquatic alien sophonts will use alternative technologies. The question is, which alternatives to fire can they use? I am interested in all aspects of fire, (heat, ...