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What would a glassed planet really look like?

This is a fascinating question and is very complicated to answer, and depends on quite a few factors. The things I will attempt to cover in this answer are: What would soil look like? What will happen ...
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What would a glassed planet really look like?

Glassing is a surface phenomenon, by it's very nature it will have little effect deeper into the ground. If you simply melt the surface of the planet you get basalt, not glass. Glass happens with ...
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What would a glassed planet really look like?

I see some frustration in response to other answers you're getting, but they are correct: The appearance of a glassed planet will depend greatly on how the energy is delivered; particularly in terms ...
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What would a glassed planet really look like?

Something always survives, something always thrives. The biosphere of a planet goes kilometers down and bubbles back up in hot geysirs and moving rock. So the evaporated oceans rain down on hot ...
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What would a glassed planet really look like?

I'm gonna start with nukes, because focused attacks like lasers wouldn't have the glassing effect you're looking for. There are a few scenarios. If you set off enough nukes to cover the surface all at ...
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What would a glassed planet really look like?

As mentioned above laser weapons would likely not be the weapon of choice to produce this effect at a large scale. Trinitite is one example of "glassing" or Vitrified sand. Other types are ...
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Large-Scale Biospheres on Mars

Addressing some issues with the premise: aerogel is simply not a viable material for construction of pressurized domes, its tensile strength is quite low. It has impressive compressive strength, but ...
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