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How would I make two biomes seem realistic as they change into one another? [duplicate]

I am building a world where there is a big desert and the next biome over is a swamp. The desert goes for miles, and the swamp is also huge. I know that some biomes do not go together, such as a Polar ...
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What theory should I apply to the shift of sunlight? [closed]

The world consists of two separate lands, one ruled by Caniform tribes the other Feliform, divided by a sky scraping mountain range. The setting is a mix of ancient Egypt, Iron Age and prehistoric ...
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Terrestrial Exoplanet Skies – I've Built a Visual Sky Chart. Is it Correct?

I'm an artist and I've been trying to find a comprehensive resource that would help me clearly identify likely sky colors for exoplanets that have atmospheres with a similar chemical composition to ...
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What conditions would make rain possible in an O'Neill Cylinder?

Rain happens when the pressure of moist air drops enough to form droplets and the droplets get heavy enough to fall. The trouble that I see is that the pressure will probably drop off slower than the ...
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Would it be possible to see large satellites in the sky through the smog in 2145? [closed]

If it's around 2145, given the current rate of climate change (and atmosphereic pollution build-up), would it be possible to see large satellites in the sky? Or would they be completely obscured by ...
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Weather and wind on a planet with a dense atmosphere

I've been building a world that has a thicker atmosphere than that of Earth, about half the gravity, and twice the amount of oxygen. My reasoning behind these features is mainly to support the growth ...
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Lethal Low Pressure Fronts

On a giant 50 mile high volcano, created and sustained by magic, there is extreme weather. Storms, high winds, snow, everything you'd find at the flanks of exceedingly high mountain. Explorers have ...
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How to make my humans more cold-resistant?

The world consists of actual humans who were moved to another planet by aliens, during biblical times, hence having an influence on their religion. The planet is terraformed with earth-like conditions,...
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How to prevent a desert from forming alongside a large mountain

I'm wanting to have two regions separated by a large mountain but do not want either side to become a desert. What would the conditions have to be on the desert side for this to be prevented? This is ...
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How to get an extreme temperature range between equator and poles without tidal locking

How can I arrange for a planet to have a much greater temperature range between the poles and the equator without it being tidally locked? Edit: By “much greater” I mean the temperature at the poles ...
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How to dampen the severity of weather on a tidally locked world

I am currently worldbuilding a setting on a hot eyeball world with the habitable zone located around the terminator rim between desert and ice sides. The world is terraformed with terran-descended ...
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How to track an enemy cargo ship on the Indian Ocean? [closed]

Preface: All below is happening in current Earth, current time, current technology. But The world as you know it is divided between two strong forces. Lets call them "Illuminati" and "Lizard People"....
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How can a desert have high humidity?

Deserts are known to be hot and dry places. In my desert, I need a high humidity in the air. It doesn't have to be near the ground, but at least the atmosphere below 1 km should have a layer of high ...
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Could an earthquake alter weather over the long term, and therefore climate?

I live in Cape Town, South Africa where it is a very real possibility that not a single drop of water will be left in our dams come March 2018. THIS is a news article that suggests that at a ...
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What could cause sudden localized atmospheric pressure change?

Picture a band of happy campers, literal campers, sitting around some fires. Suddenly they feel their inner-ear "filling up" and after mere instants the ears begin popping, as if they were inside a ...
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Can a dual planet have an orbit around the Sun similar to Earth's?

This is a sequel to my previous question How big could a moon be before its orbit became too unstable or tidally locked to its planet OK, let's imagine that the thing everyone thought was a moon was ...
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Is this an accurate simulation of a further south Australia with a filled lake Eyre?

I created this climate map based on the Koppen Climate Classification map. In this scenario Australia is moved 10 degrees of latitude further south and the Lake Eyre basin is filled (shown in map.) Is ...
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How will a dust storm affect infrared sensors such as thermal imaging?

The situation: the good guys are attempting to infiltrate an enemy base, and cause mayhem either in person and/or by planting explosives and running away. They know there is a big dust storm on the ...
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Could a large plateau surrounded by continuous waterfalls form?

Could a structure similar to that shown in the image below inspired by Roger Dean’s “Close to the edge” actually exist in nature? If not could it be constructed artificially and if so how? Assume the ...
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How could magic cause changes in air pressure? [closed]

I have a world in which there are two types of magic - let's call them Red and Blue, and they're much alike, but polar opposites (see Rich Burlew's worldbuilding article for a good example of this ...
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Do hurricanes reduce the thermal energy of the water they pass over, and if so by how much? [closed]

This question suggests a theoretical possibility that hurricanes may be disrupted by removing heat from the system. My question concerns the natural passage of a hurricane. Ocean water is warmer ...
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Hurricane Adaptation for smaller creatures and plants

So I am aware of this question, which deals with large plants (trees) and animals, but I am interested in adaptations present in smaller animals on this planet, and how those might be stretched in a ...
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Can my farm work normally on a sky island in an empty world?

I have a city on a "sky island". I want to have farms around my city on all the rest of the island. There is nothing around the island no matter the distance or direction. But the gravity works (...
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How To Make Lightning

I am writing a sci-fi setting with space travel. In this there is an alien world important enough to require that I put thought into the ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to plot reasons, the usual ...
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Meteorology spreading problem [closed]

It is known that in WW1 "battle" gas was used for the first time. This information is used in a plethora of sci-fi stories and comics. For example it is used in Wonder Woman. What if the substances ...
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Seeking correction/logic for map outline

Map is 1000 miles long and wide. In general, do these placements make sense? I'm also wondering: where volcanoes would be? why the coast is full of life and the west dead and barren? where the ...
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How to stop a tornado from hitting a major city… [closed]

There are many of ways this could have been stopped. I want to hear your answers.....
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Where would wind blow away the smoke from a giant fire?

In a "mountains and valleys" type area, there is a very large fire (say, an acre or two) that generates a lot of smoke. Where would the wind be strong enough and constant enough in this type of ...
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How does planet size affect weather?

For simplicity assume hypothetically we make multiple copies of earth: XS, S, M, L, XL. The only difference between them is their size (radius), everything else is the same. S is half the size of ...
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Feasibility and challenges of a kingdom existing within an eternal night?

Okay, so admittedly I was going for a title that was a bit more catchy than the actual question, but not by much. On a technical level, the real question is "Feasibility and challenges of why a large ...
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Balancing Water Vapor and Temperature for Global Cloud Layer

BACKGROUND: I have been working on a game called Rise: The Vieneo Province. Vieneo is a terrestrial moon (all details can be found here) but we have an atmospheric composition we arrived on from ...
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Are my deserts accurately positioned?

I have asked previously how I could create an earth-like world with as many deserts as possible in it. I have received some useful answers and have tried to draw a realistic map of what I intend for ...
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How to efficiently protect a city from constant snowstorms?

Sort of an extension of With minimal terraforming, what features/structures would need to be built to protect a 25mi radius city from wind? but with some more items to consider. For whatever ...
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Could a super volcano cause ragnarok like events?

For the world I am creating I am trying to have an event like a super volcano explosion in its past. Generations of oral storytelling have resulted in the Norse mythology of Ragnarok making its way to ...
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Planet of constant environment, negating need for human evolution into races?

Question simplified and clarified as requested... thanks for the feedback! If humankind evolved on a planet with a consistent, gentle environment, would it negate the need for them to develop ...
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In a world where two enormous cities are built one on top of the other, what would weather be like in between?

Aliens build their city on Earth in such a way that it covers the entire planet but leaves the surface of the planet (including human cities) intact. This is possible since they built their alien ...
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What kind of Ice Age would cause an apocalypse?

It's 2070, global warming is a terrifying reality. Coastal cities such as New York and Shanghai has already fallen to rising sea levels and extreme weather. In an effort to stem and perhaps counteract ...
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How would large animals and large plants adapt to frequent hurricane weather?

In a large varied environment where strong winds are the norm and every few weeks or so a huge hurricane sweeps through, how would large land animals (horse- to elephant-sized) evolve to cope? I ...
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How would Zeus throw thunderbolts if Zeus were actually using technology?

A fellow from the near future is sent on a mission to ancient Greece where he needs to impersonate Zeus. What kind of device would best approximate the mythical bucket of thunderbolts? Also, style ...
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Climate conditions and/or atmospheric changes required for the Everboom

Relating to this question: Ensuring an endless war, and an endless stalemate In a planet such as our Earth, what climate conditions and/or atmospheric changes would be required for the formation and ...
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Ensuring an endless war, and an endless stalemate

My 7 year old son and I have pitted the Elves against the Dwarfs - The Elves control the sky - they have airships, gliders in their cloths that enable gliding from airship to airship, and bridges ...
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What would pressure belts look like on a world with continuous land?

I need maps of climates and prevailing winds for my desert-dominant world. It has one continent stretching in a band around the tropics and into the subtropics, making up about half the planet's ...
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How deep must a submarine dive to avoid megastorms?

In a previous question, I established an area that creates megastorms. Unlike a bunch of my other questions, this one is incredibly straightforward: Just how deep does a submarine (Or aquatic life, ...
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With minimal terraforming, what features/structures would need to be built to protect a 25mi radius city from wind?

I understand that the wind is caused by a differential in atmospheric pressure, but say that a city built in an extremely flat landscape is constantly threatened/harassed by the wind and wind-related ...
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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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How to create an earth-like world that's largely desert?

I'm not talking a single-biome sand-world. Of course I want the classic large sand seas, but I also want steppes, mesas and buttes, floodplains, salt pans, hamadas, and canyons, both hot and not so ...
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Sword in the rock - make it last the ages

Merlin the wizard has a problem. Sure, it was a piece of cake to move forward in time to the 21st century, procure a sword that was made with the highest 21st century standards, go back in time, and ...
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How can a world with an extremely thick, microbe-rich atmosphere avoid global warming problems?

The sun is perfectly fine, but for generations, not a single human has seen sunlight. Earth is completely covered in black fog, reaching high up into the atmosphere, so that not even skyscrapers can ...
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Weather Patterns in a Pocket Dimension

The island of Sanctuary is a flat disc about 200 miles in diameter. Sanctuary lies within a pocket dimension, so it has an artificial sun. The artificial sun is roughly 100 miles above the island; ...
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Could knights navigate a dust storm?

I'm writing a medieval/post apocalypse world stricken with horrible dust storms that last days or weeks at a time. Would it be possible, using medieval technology, to: protect yourself from such ...