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0g pool: can I keep a big ball of water in space?

I have a super luxury space hotel. It has artificial gravity in the living and shopping area and 0g in some parts of the recreational area. There is a 0g pool available for the guests. I want it to ...
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What is the utilitarian purpose of artificial waterfalls?

In sci-fi and fantasy artwork, I often see a city built on top of or incorporating waterfalls: James Gurney's Dinotopia (above) is an egregious example with "waterfall towers". When the city is ...
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Pressure inside an infinite ocean?

Handwaving the origin of one such place, imagine a universe where every part of space is filled fully and evenly with liquid water (at, say 1 degree Celsius). What would be the experience of a solid ...
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(How) can I provide reliable water sources in a world of flying islands?

I have humans who live in a world filled with floating islands. These islands span all heights in the planet: from the core to the upper atmosphere. The problem I have is that most of these islands ...
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A way of getting the water to the top of the tall building without electricity?

First, let me explain the situation. Post-apocalypse setting, a group of humans (let's say around a hundred of them) have to find safe places to live at, protected from animals, bandits, and other ...
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What methods might an ancient civilization use to desalinate sea water?

Following on from my previous question here concerning the ancient civilization I have called the Androy and their struggle to survive terrible drought conditions on their planet. After years of ...
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Sailing without wind, but with strong currents

Context On my world, there is a lot of water: sea, oceans, ... There are also firm land and islands, so it's interesting to travel on the water. The problem is that there is NO wind at all, and lots ...
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Projectile weaponization of water

Is it possible to weaponize common tap water in some sort of gun? Imagine a basic water gun. It doesn't do much damage at all. But what if we could fire the water out in controlled spurts, at high ...
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How would the world be different if ice was denser than water?

Ice is strange, in that the solid form is less dense than the liquid water it freezes from. This causes Ice to float on top of the water. How would our planet earth be different if something changed ...
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How to make sure humans do not know the meteorological phenomenon rainbow?

You've got to love the rainbow, it's an awesome sight. But I don't want humans to have the pleasure of seeing the rainbow. What change to the earth, atmosphere and so on, is needed so that humans ...
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How could a planet have most of its water in the atmosphere?

I am creating a speculative evolution project for school (and partially for leisure) and I need a planet for my organisms to live on. I have a rough idea of what it may be like but I'm no expert in ...
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How could a generation ship maintain a source of potable water?

A generation spaceship (a spaceship designed for multiple generations of humans to live in) could sail through the galaxy for hundreds of years before finding another planet, let alone a planet with ...
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How could the rain fall slower?

I was thinking about people who once told me that I must feel the rain earlier than them (I'm tall). So I thought of a world where the rain falls so slowly that the humans of different size living on ...
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How would a town powered mainly by water work?

I have a town that I'm designing (in a D&D campaign, think Neverwinter in terms of technology) that I want to be a town on a river/lake/ocean/whatever. I would like for this town to be unique from ...
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How to stop a waterfall

My world - think 13th century medieval Europe - has a gigantic waterfall. Imagine Niagara Falls but even bigger, consuming multiple sides of a big mountain. People don't climb the mountain, as it is ...
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How can I move a magical water-producing artifact?

An adventurer (named Moses, for humor's sake) finds a clear pool of water deep in a cave. Upon taking a swim, he finds at the bottom of the pool is a mystical stone that eternally puts out water, ...
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All of the freshwater on Earth has suddenly vanished - would humanity survive? [closed]

Consider a scenario where all freshwater on Earth suddenly disappeared... Would the planet remain habitable? Definition of water removed: Everything in this chart under the category 'freshwater', ...
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What's the quickest way to add oceans to a planet?

After writing this question about the ecology of a terraformed planet, I realized that I hadn't quite tied up all the loose ends of the terraforming process itself. I intended for a group of aliens ...
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Does water in vacuum form a solid shell or freeze solid?

I'm working on a sci-fi setting which includes an aquatic space-faring species. When a human space vessel is ruptured and depressurizes, the gas can escape rapidly and we immediately suffer from the ...
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Is it possible for a planet to have a liquid ring?

Is it possible for a planet to have a liquid ring rather than a ring made of solid particles? If it is, how long would it be stable for? If not, is there any other configuration of a liquid that ...
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How could an organism store a massive amount of water?

I want to design a creature capable of surviving long periods without drinking water, but I am not sure how that creature could store water. These are my ideas but I am looking for something more ...
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Closest Proximity of Oceans to Freshwater Springs

I am trying to wrap my head around the geography of a settlement in my world. The settlement is situated along the coast, along a river roughly 500m wide with temperate mixed forests surrounding it, ...
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Getting fresh water in the middle of hypersaline lake in the Bronze Age

An ancient kingdom covers a several rivers in a desert basin all converging on a central, hypersaline, lake. Because of its central location, and the importance of the salt, the lake has important ...
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What could cause the world to be almost completely submerged in water, naturally or man-made?

I'm trying to build a world that is almost completely water, but I couldn't come up with an explanation for WHY the world was like this. The world has the same gravity and atmosphere of Earth. It also ...
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A planet with all of its water underground

Question: Could a planet contain all of its (vast) oceans underground? I imagined a planet with no surface oceans - and no water cycle above ground - but where life was still possible. My initial ...
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Would it be possible to make a water mill without metal?

I'm making a human society that has a lack of metal ore and no knowledge of metalworking at all. However, industry must still continue, metal or not, so I'm thinking about a water mill made out of ...
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How to create tides in a small sea?

I've done a bit of research and small bodies of water don't have significant tides, even the Mediterranean doesn't have particularly large tides. So how can I get bigger tides on a small body of ...
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Can a house cut off from the world still have water for a short time?

Related to this question a bit, the house I'm talking about was swallowed into another dimension along with parts of its garden. The house itself stays completely intact, but the piping is cut off, ...
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Using a quarry as a water reservoir

Our country, which is located in thousands of km2 of plains, needs a way to store water. Dams are not an option due to the fact that there are no mountains. We have retired mining quarries that are ...
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What rules can limit magical teleportation? [closed]

In my story, some people have the power of teleportation. I have constructed it in a way in which for teleportation to occur, it needs to be a water surface. All one needs to do is to see the ...
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Liquid water on both sides of a tidally locked planet. Feasible?

I'm brainstorming for a rocky planet with similar mass to that of Earth's, orbiting a red dwarf star. It is tidally locked with no natural satellites, yet I'm bent on having liquid water on both sun-...
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What effect could drop the freezing temperature of water globally to −40 Celsius?

This question comes up from Is there a man-made or natural event that can cause an abrupt climate change within hours/a day? – trying to get KaguraRap a functional answer to an abrupt temperature drop ...
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Is there enough fresh water in the world to eradicate the drinking water crisis?

Lets assume, by the means of some advanced scientific discovery, scientists find a way to teleport simple matter to any part of the world and use this process to teleport fresh water and/or small ...
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What could trigger powerful quakes on icy world?

Imagine a planet orbiting a star some billions of lightyears away from us, the planet is 4 times the mass of Earth and is covered with ice 100km thick on average. It is believed that liquid ocean ...
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Would it be possible for a large inland area to have a groundwater system with cenotes, rather than rivers?

I want to create an inland forest on the western side of a large continent that features cenotes instead of rivers. Is this possible, and if so, how can I make it work? Any requirements for altitude ...
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How to supply water to a coastal desert town with no rain and no freshwater aquifers?

Think Tatooine in climate, but with oceans. Here are a few restrictions due to setting: There is modern technology, but not too much electricity ie no super high amperage machines. Population is ...
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Infrastructure damage from sudden thickening of water

Deep in a laboratory far under the megacity of Exampleville, a scientist is experimenting on a new compound found in an alternate, magical universe. He accidentally knocks over a vial of Handwavium, ...
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If Earth Were Forged by Fire and Ice

Our Earth first came into existence 4,543,000,000 years ago as an inhospitable ball of molten rock that barely survived a crash from a Mars-sized rogue planet whose impact gave rise to the creation of ...
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Would this system work to purify water?

This is part of my generation ship worldbuilding. I mentioned my water purification system in a different question, but I never directly asked about it. Here, I will directly ask about it. I think it ...
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How to build a floating farm?

This is one of a series of questions also discussing mosquito prevention and city building. There is a civilization indigenous to an area like the whitewater flooded forests of the southern half of ...
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O'Neill/McKendree Looping River

Is there a way to design a river system in an O'Neill/McKendree-style cylindrical habitat to passively feed into itself in an endless loop, from one end of the habitat to the other and back again? ...
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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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Is 'Black' Whitewash Possible?

Question: Is it technically possible to make a 'Black' Whitewash? True Whitewash is a plaster-like substance that has been used to coat stone and wooden walls for cosmetic and waterproofing purposes ...
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How to get rid of human waste without using bodies of water

A particularly religious people living in a land filled with rivers need to get rid of their excreta. They have disfavoured sewers and dumping waste on water because they venerate oceans and rivers, ...
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How much water is needed to create a Katana capable of cutting flesh, bones and wood?

I've created a character for my world that has the ability to manipulate water with her magic. She applied this ability by using it with a katana hilt. I will try to explain how she uses this ability ...
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Could water be separated from a mixture by natural condensing/freezing?

Our colony has landed on a planet which is a complete barren desert wasteland, the surface as dead as the moon but also extremely cold, being quite far from the local star. They have settled at the ...
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can a water cycle exist on a planet without oceans?

So there's a planet that is used as a farming world (food) for its system. This planet has a single, Mediterranean sea-sized ocean on it and lacks any other major surface oceans (he hasn't excluded ...
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I'm going to have to redraw most of my rivers - what do I need to know to make them true to life?

I'm new here but I've been a worldbuilder for the last decade or so. I'm pretty late to the 'mapping out your country' party and I've only been at it for about 8 months, but I'm starting to see some ...
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How to bring water and heat to an isolated and poor mountain village with extremely low costs?

The village background: It is located at an elevation of 2,119 m (about 6,952 feet) above sea level with a population of about 1,800. It has a continental climate with Oceanic influence. Summers are ...
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How common is it for a river to enter a valley from a flatter plain?

before I get into my question I wanted to thank everyone for their input in my first thread about the general principles of river drawing. I have taken your comments under consideration and began ...