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Why is the dome the best solution? Think about the original designers of the dome - why have it? An answer to this question may answer your question. The only reason to have a dome is to be on the surface of a planet, otherwise you might as well be underground in a large protected cavern. But why risk being on the surface of a planet? The only real reason ...


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dome to have it's own self-regulating ecosystem Since the dome has its own self-regulation, there should be no impact of external climatic phenomena in general. However, effect of external climate can at times be aggravated in terms of extreme events like cyclones, floods, heatwaves etc, which can impact the efficacy of the self-regulation system your dome ...


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It depends on the properties of the dome. Heat can move 3 ways: conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is through a solid - like a frying pan. Convection is via fluid medium like air. Radiation does not require a medium and moves via electromagnetic rays. A dome means no convection: air does not go thru a dome. Radiation and conduction are ...


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There's one part of a dome that people always seem to forget about, and that's the bottom. In order for a dome habitat to be viable on, say the Moon or Mars, it must be completely sealed off from the outside, because outside is the vacuum of space, or a thin, mostly-methane atmosphere. The problem is, the surface of any rocky planet is going to be a lot of ...


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Imagine a world that does not rotate in its axis, the planet is not tidally locked so no half is hotter or colder than other. On average they won't be, but now the length of the day and that of the year will be the same. So, you'll have six "months" of darkness and six of daylight. During those, you will get cooling and warming. A lot of both, in fact. You ...


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Put your place between the ocean and a mountain range. Wet air coming in from the ocean tends to dump its water on the ocean side of the mountains. You get a climate like Portland or Seattle. Put your place far enough north that it gets cold. Then the wet air dumping water will come down as snow. Possibly a lot of snow. The ocean will prevent it from ...


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Ursula K. LeGuin does a good job with this kind of environment in "The Left Hand of Darkness". Direct sunlight isn't needed, so long as there is enough radiant energy to grow some kind of crops, or to support a sufficient amount of wildlife for a hunter/gatherer society to live off of. A sunny region can produce 600 calories per square centimeter of arable ...


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According to your rules, no effect, though the dome needs to be tough enough to withstand the weather in the first place, otherwise the dome stops being a dome and the interior is now fully exposed. And with that out of the way, the only problem is temperature exchange. Except your dome is massive - it'd have to be to get clouds, which you want, and it ...


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Clothes. Lizardmen are usually depicted strutting around in the buff, or with some kind of scanty loincloth. There is definitely a place for that. But cold lizardmen would want clothes, and thick ones. It would be even more important for them than for us mammal types. Warm clothes would let them retain the metabolic heat they make with muscles. These ...


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Many real world reptiles and amphibians slow down in colder weather, hence why they develop special ways to absorb heat from the suns rays. Some species, for instance, can hibernate under frozen rivers in mud, or straight up freeze themselves too. You can read some here, its called cryptobiosis. Because of different types of reptiles and amphibians, the ...


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So the axial tilt doesn't actually influence the number of convection cells very much, afaik. It does, however, affect their position. You might also want to note that a world with a 90° axial tilt would essentially present on side to its star half the year and the other half the rest of the year. That means a long day which is summer and a long night which ...


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