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Clothing against the wind

Normally these winds are 50-70 km/h (around 30-45 mph) but they can easily reach 100-120 km/h (around 60-75 mph). I live in exactly such a place - you could have taken these numbers from my monthly ...
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Clothing against the wind

Clothing will be heavy duty Slightly Loose: While you don't want your closes to be too loose since you want to minimize how much that wind will knock you around, some looseness will be good. Being a ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

coldest month of the year averages -75C in some inhabited areas The sublimation point of CO2 ice is -78°C. This implies that some of your settlements get dry ice snow, which will have interesting ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

Mountain skyscrapers The skyscrapers will be built in the mountains so only one side of the dwelling will be exposed to the outdoor conditions and the mountains will act as a barrier blocking most of ...
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Is this an accurate environment for life on a super Earth speculatively?

There are a number of issues. It is possible to have a planet with twice the size of Earth and a lower gravity, but it requires the radius of the planet to be at least 1.45 the radius of the Earth. ...
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Clothing against the wind

The flora and fauna of such a world would evolve to adjust itself to the conditions you describe. If your People did not evolve in the same environment they would, as did we, harvest the local ...
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Clothing against the wind

Let's start with the nature of the winds themselves. Yes, they'd be faster, and we can ignore that, but there are a few useful bits you could get fun ideas from. They just figured out that Venus's ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback?

Flood control There is going to be serious flooding issues in the Outback. Water management will be essential to avoid chaos and runaway erosion. A giant public works project is in order and it will ...
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Is this an accurate environment for life on a super Earth speculatively?

Should be fine There was a time in the Earth's history where we had a lot of large animals. Look: Your world is like the prehistoric Earth. It is believable you have big animals too. There is no need ...
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How should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

500km can be enough if have land at equator. With water You need more - around 1500km wide band. For what? Simply - dark zone is cold - no heat is coming in from the star. Cold means air drop down. ...
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How should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

the ring is composed by some heavy elements, like iron dust, and while clashing with ice particles creates static electricity, which causes the thunderstorms. You have got something mixed up: ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

Their cities will be more like anthills Some skyscrapers may rise high, but general architectural trend would be "maximize internal volume". I don't know if people of this world can be ...
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How should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

Part One of Two: Ring Produced Equatorial Ridges. Possibly the innermost rings of the planet suffered orbital decay and fell down on the equatorial regions of the planet. Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, ...
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Would scaling up the Tiwi islands for a setting maintain its bizarre weather patterns?

I think it's hard to tell based only on some a priori considerations: climate is a very complex system, full of feedback and feedforward loops which make evaluation and modeling very hard. The only ...
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Could a hot desert plausibly exist in this location?

because the trade winds are nearly parallel to the coast. Deserts outside the subtropical zone exist in the Horn of Africa. A near-desert exists in northeastern Brazil for much the same reason, ...
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What's the impact of an Australia-sized continent near South America?

The biggest contributors to climate in the context of what you are putting forth, would be the disruption of ocean currents in this region of the globe. the 2 most important The Arctic Circumpolar ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback?

Raise prices, of course. This all depends on how badly land is wanted. You don't want it to become overcrowded, with no natural areas of pure rainforest. So: set off about 50-65% of the land for ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback?

If you believe Donald Horne's assessment from The Lucky Country, it does nothing! Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people's ideas, ...
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Clothing against the wind

Baggy clothes bound tight. They wear baggy clothing that's wrapped tight around them and bound with cords. This has the benefit creating extra layers of insulation while reducing drag from the wind, ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

They would probably be very much like Yakutsk, Russia: House blocks (conserve heat) which are still not very thick (people want to have windows!) but may be fairly wide. The Soviet city planning is ...
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Skyscrapers in colder climates

Minus 75 is not that far off -40/-50 which is experienced in some parts of northern Canada, Europe and Russia. It seems the cold is countered by sufficiently warm summers to melt the snow and ...
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How would I calculate the greenhouse effect based on atmospheric composition?

I've found a way to calculate a surface temperature, but it relies on a constant, $\epsilon$, that doesn't appear to have an easy way to generate it. The function is: $$ \frac{S(1-A)}{4} = \sigma \...
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