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How to Build the Fictional Continents Using Our Real Continents

Presented here is a map of Earth with the fictional continents resurfaced, by the Redditor "Stagman1111": Source From left to right, the presented additional continents are Mu, Atlantis and ...
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How plausible is this volcanic eruption event? Dark Age without total extinction of Stone/Bronze/Iron Age people?

At the end of the desert's westward Great River (think the Nile in Egypt) there is a volcanic island called Harek-Set. Its black mountain is a hotspot volcano which produces obsidian and makes the ...
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Massive volcano on reef world?

Piggybacking on my previous question: Possible reef world? An answer in that question included that reef world is an "old, old world. (So)The core has frozen and plate tectonics have stopped...&...
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How would an expedition from Victorian England scale a large mountain range? [closed]

Suppose it is Victorian England, and an expedition is being sent to a new region. This expedition is tasked with creating a settlement once it gets there in order to build up trading and presence in ...
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Himalayan sized/altitude mountains at the equator

I’m crafting a map for my world and I was wondering what the biomes of mountains the size and height of the Himalayan Range would be like at the equator? The region south of them has multiple large ...
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Possible reef world?

Piggybacking off this question: Shallow sea world - plausable geology? what would we need to have a world covered in reef? An entire world of this: If I understood them correctly the previous ...
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What would be the geographical effects on a map of a 1mm black hole on the earths surface for 5 seconds? [duplicate]

First of all I've read the other posts and know what the effects of a black hole appearing on the earth's surface is. It goes through the crust, the tectonic plates break apart, volcanos appear ...
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What would the effects be on the surrounding landmasses if a 1mm black hole appeared on the earths surface for 5 seconds? [duplicate]

First of all I've read the other posts and know what the effects of a black hole appearing on the earth's surface is. It goes through the crust, the tectonic plates break apart, volcanos appear ...
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Water in the interior of a very large continent

Consider a world that is much larger than Earth, but has Earthlike conditions on the surface. (Including gravity = 1g, by some suitable unobtainium.) Clearly, the surface could be covered in a large ...
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Reasons for insanely huge precious metal deposits?

In my book series, there is this extremely rich Earthlike planet called Aurea whose claim to fame is supplying the vast majority of the galaxy’s precious metals (gold and silver for the purposes of ...
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Naturally occurring temperate meadows

On a largely uninhabited world with geology, climate, biome etc very similar to prehistoric Earth, I have some scenes taking place in a temperate grassland. It's at moderately high altitude, and I ...
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Without tides, would we have beaches?

Consider a world similar in most ways to Earth, except with no tides. (No moon, and for some reason outside the scope of this question, solar tides are negligible.) Would it have beaches as we know ...
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Long-term, what does my magical 2x2 mile raining deathtrap do to the surrounding land?

Earlier I asked a few questions about one particular part of my setting, which is an Earth in the immediate aftermath of a supernatural apocalypse that made the world a gridded globe of 2x2 mile "...
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Which Neotropical Woods are Best for Shipbuilding?

In my book series, while most of the Aurean Empire has essentially a combination of the plant life of the American West and the Mediterranean, the northern provinces are a bit different because all of ...
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How do I determine which areas of my empire would be richest and poorest? [closed]

In my book series, the Aurean Empire spans an entire Earth-sized world called Aurea (however, all of the landmass is on the southern hemisphere, so only that part is inhabited). Overall, the planet's ...
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What would the lakes of a planet with larger glaciers look like?

** This question is making the assumption that if a planet with a similar size and atmosphere of Earth is colder and has longer nights, it will have larger and more numerous glaciers. If this is not ...
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What would be the effects on terrain of an atomic bomb on a Sahelian or Saharan grassland or desert?

So, I'm coming up with a world in which, after a nuclear war in Africa, there is a bunker in the country of Chad. The landscape has been affected by over 50 atomic bombs. The main characters leave the ...
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Which geographic areas within an empire produce the best soldiers?

In my book series, the Aurean Empire is a vast entity spanning an entire planet. I'm kind of wondering what parts of my empire would the Aureans draw their best soldiers from (for example, the Roman ...
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Reasons for a very small but very high mountain range in an area with no plate boundaries?

One of the cities in my world, known as Kerkapeze, is situated in a location I just realized I'd have to be very creative to justify: it lies on a narrow plateau between two high but very small ...
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What would an erosion resistance ecological system look like?

I was thinking about how given a whole host of sci-fi scenarios, you end up with landmass but no form of geological activity or plate tectonics, and so ensuring you end up with a lot of scenarios ...
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Climates of a Eurasia-like continent in the tropics

I'm working on an earth-like world that has a two main continents akin to Eurasia+Africa. but centred on the Equator. Basically, the premise is to shift the east-west axis of diffusion that exists on ...
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Time estimate for converting desert to savanna/forest

I'm building a world in whose history climactic changes causes a region of desert to start seeing regular rain. This causes the native culture of the desert people to also change along with it, ...
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What ocean geography causes bodies to “disappear”?

Long story short: a cultural tradition of this (late medieval/early renaissance-ish) civilization is to put their deceased in a casket/boat/raft, and float them out into the ocean. Their belief is ...
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Is This Realistic Physical Geography for my World?

One of the planets in my science-fantasy series is small (around the size of Earth's moon). The gravity implications of this are the one part of this the magical origins of my universe are able to ...
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How Should Cuisine Vary Across a Geographically Diverse Empire?

The Argentolian Empire is a massive land that spans a region roughly the size of the continental United States. Located in the southern hemisphere of its planet, the north is generally tropical, the ...
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Would an asteroid colliding with a terrestrial planet result in the creation of extensive caves nearby the crater?

I just did some research on the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, which is the crater from the asteroid responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Yucatán itself does have ...
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Converting deserts into more hospitable places by inducing rain through the ocean?

I want to know if this is scientifically possible in the real world. When you take vast expanses of deserts (the sandy hot ones, not the icy ones) like the Sahara, life in general is restricted to ...
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What factors influence what kind of shoreline you get?

I'm writing about a group of colonists on an Earthlike world, where I want to get the geography realistically correct, and it occurs to me that one thing I have not really seen discussed is the nature ...
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Effects of a large, equatorial freshwater sea on the surrounding ecosystems [closed]

So, first let's imagine an earth-like planet (roughly the same size and axis tilt, presence of a moon, etc). The majority of the landmasses on this planet are in the southern hemisphere, and unlike ...
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Is The Climate Map for My Alternate Earth Accurate?

Here is a map of an alternate Earth that I've been building and rebuilding for years: To make things easier on all of us, myself included especially, at the bottom left is a legend on this world's ...
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How do I Cram Many Different Biomes Into a Very Small Landmass?

In my book series, there is a planet called Ryu 108 that is almost entirely a water world. It is the furthest planet from its star (a supergiant), and has a relatively cold-but-still-habitable climate ...
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Effects on World Climate without (Most of) northwest and central Europe

So I'm considering creating a fantasy setting heavily modelled on Earth with the exception that most of what we consider Northwest and Central Europe is replaced by sea. I decided to as a reference ...
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Making a world as Agriculturally productive as possible

Basically, God decided to create the perfect world for man to work the land. Even then, he voluntarily decided to follow the laws of physics. I've investigated about some factors that supposedly ...
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What would Pangaea's Climate look like? [duplicate]

I'm building a world as close to the real Pangaea as possible. And I was wondering what the climate would look like. I've read other answers to similar questions but they haven't described the entire ...
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What should an inactive planet's topology be for nutrient circulation?

I'm trying to engineer an Earth mass planet built initially out of pure silicon dioxide (silica). So basically, imagine a glass sphere slightly larger than Earth somewhere in the Goldilocks zone, ...
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I need help with the scale for an island

Okay, so I have an island where the story will be based in and around. It's actually more of an atoll, similar to Bikini or Kwajalein in the Marshalls, with the island parts being in somewhat of a ...
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Navigating under a starless sky: how to determine the position?

My alternate Earth is placed, together with the whole solar system and nothing else, in the center of the Boötes void. At nearly 330 million light-years in diameter (approximately 0.27% of the ...
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Could a tsunami separate two landmasses?

I posed here a question about a super-earthquake separating a Pangaea-like continent in a matter of days. Unfortunately, one of the answers rightfully points out that such an earthquake would generate ...
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Making A Geosynchronous Orbit Impossible

Here's the idea: A geosynchronous orbit is an orbit that makes sure that the orbiting satellite is always above the same spot on the planet, so its orbital period is equal to a local day there. I've ...
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What would the geography a planet with extreme tides look like?

A planet with two orbiting moons (not-tidally locked) and large oceans will have extreme tides. Both moons are about the size of our Moon. I do not know an exact number, but I'm estimating somewhere ...
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Determining maximum cave depth

I am planning on making this planet of caves, and it has cave systems that dwarf Earth's. It's got carbon-based life, a chemical composition rich in copper, a good amount of water, and less gravity ...
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How to block extreme winds on a stormy planet?

Assume that you have a planet mostly covered in water (about 89% of the surface is water). There are a few connected continents in the middle of the planet. If the rotation of the planet is slow, say ...
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World with two directly opposed habitable continents, one hot one cold, with significant geographical barrier between them

I'm trying to design a planet with two continents where one is always warm/hot and the other is cool/cold. The continents should be directly opposite each other (so not a pole and an equatorial one). ...
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Is it Possible to Have a Tropical Climate With a Summer Dry Season?

In my book series, the northern coast of one of my provinces is in the tropics and on the western side of its continent. However, because it is mountainous and on a relatively cold sea, I was thinking ...
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How to avoid boats on a mainly oceanic world?

On an Earth-like planet with clustered continents and large oceans, like Pangaea, the easiest method of travel would be boats. However, I am looking to avoid humans using boats. I define a boat as ...
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Help with Pressure, Winds, Precipitation and Climate Zone

So I've decided to re-do my worlds winds with a more realistic approach. Honestly the entire process has overwhelmed me, so I need some help with certain things. This is the climate map map by itself. ...
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Landmasses on a planet with enormous tides

Following up on this question, where the answers made me wonder about another aspect of my world. My planet is a super-earth orbiting really close to a Red Dwarf star, resulting in enormous tides. The ...
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Can a water transport canal be excavated by water power?

Situation: A very large reservoir of water exists raised up above a large expanse of almost flat land. From the bottom of the reservoir the land falls away at a very gentle gradient of ~1 in 10,000. ...
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How Would the Mountains Form in This Supercontinent?

Here is a supercontinent map generated randomly from the Donjon website: Now, hold on just a minute. Something looks wrong. The mountains in brown and white are too far inland to be caused by ...
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Is there something wrong with my fictional lighthouse?

I'm writing a story of a fictional location on Earth, or a very Earth-like world, perhaps set in the late 1800s, or at some point when lighthouses were still in use. It's located on the Eastern end of ...

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