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Q&A How do my plants trap so much carbon?

The boom-bust cycle answer I took for my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere pends on the atmosphere being rich in oxygen but poor in CO2. I, however,...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A When earth is filled to the brim with plant-life, can it cause a hyperoxic environment?

Say humans found a way to exponentially increase the capability of plants to grow. Is it possible for it to cause an environment that can cause oxygen toxicity in humans?

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by chaeltom‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by chaeltom‭

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Q&A How Would Hominids Evolve to a Mountain Environment

My non-magic fantasy world has a species of hominid that lives in a huge and wide sierra of mountains. If they had split off from the (now dominant) human species a couple million years ago, (say a...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Capillary Cumorah ‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Capillary Cumorah ‭

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Q&A What environment would Giants be best adapted for?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? some basic characteristics ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Could a red tree exist?

I recently started to wonder what a tree would be like on an alien world, and one thing that popped in mind for these trees was their color. The hosts star and environment would have a effect on sa...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Without powered greenhouses or trade, what's the coldest possible climate for a sustainable nation?

In a setting where an empire establishes an island colony far to the north, what is the coldest climate such a colony could sustainably survive were that empire to collapse and stop sending supply ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Mae‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mae‭

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Q&A Plausible reasons for a whole planet to have a temperate oceanic climate?

In my book series, I'm worldbuilding a planet whose culture is based on Celtic mythology and history, and in order to be consistent with real life I feel like the whole planet's environment needs t...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Effect of high frequency of impact events on geography,climate, and environment

Earth sized planet in the goldilocks zone. Similar mineral composition and surface water. Photosynthetic life evolves and thrives on land and sea. Atmosphere and climate comparable to the beginnin...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Eloc‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Eloc‭

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Q&A In an Ice Age Extinction, Which Latitude Would Be Hit Harder--Tropical or Temperate?

Back home, five million years ago, the warm, wet climate of the Miocene sloped downwards into the cooler, drier Pliocene before descending even further into the more so Pleistocene. The slope was ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How can natural chimerism be advantageous to a species?

Genetic chimerism is a condition in which a single organism is composed of cells with more than one distinct genotype. In animals, this means an individual derived from two or more zygotes, which c...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What environment would Orcs be best adapted for?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? so basic characteristics of m...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How do I stop Megalodon from going extinct?

A long time ago, the 60 foot long Megalodon roamed the oceans. Fast forward to 2.6 million years ago and they went extinct. In the story I'm writing Megalodon hasn't gone extinct surviving at least...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How long would it take for wildlife to colonize a newly exposed habitat?

A magical calamity has wiped out an area about twice as big as Germany. The calamity also altered the climate in the region from one supporting forests and grasslands to a desert similar to the Am...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ryan_L‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ryan_L‭

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Q&A How quickly could a rogue Earth return to habitability after a deep freeze?

Background A large star makes a relatively close approach to a solar system like our own and the orbits of many of the planets are badly perturbed. A planet similar to Earth is in the wrong place a...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Global warming through waste heat?

Let's assume a world where humanity managed to stabilize the climate again and maybe even reversed the effects of the current climate change. (So that we can ignore the current global warming in th...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Marv‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Marv‭

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Q&A Gravity/Ecosystem on a peanut-shaped planet?

I'm interested about whether or not and how gravity would be affected on deformed planets. You could think of this as whether or not mega-asteroids would be able to sustain life? If so, would diffe...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DiagonalCorgi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DiagonalCorgi‭

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Q&A Greening The Sahara

Would it be possible to "green" the Saharan desert, given near future technology If so what things might have to be done, what kind of plants or bio engineered plants and animals would be introduce...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Is it possible to farm in a swamp?

In my world they live in a swamp similar to the Okeefenokee swamp in Georgia. My question is, would it be possible to farm certain plants like wild rice, milkweed, and lilypads in these conditions?...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by BloodyNightStalker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by BloodyNightStalker‭

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Q&A The Great Oxidation Event...Artificially Imposed on a Tharn-Like Alternate Earth

From 2.4 to either 2.1 or two billion years ago, Earth underwent a surge in a waste product that we know as "oxygen". Before that, life thrived in an ocean rich with iron under an atmosphere loade...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How to construct an Earth-like world with very high wind speeds

I want to create a world where humans can live outside (perhaps with some protective clothing) but where very high winds exist in almost all potentially habitable areas making life outside impossib...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Feasibility of a massive and nigh-permanent sandstorm?

In my military sci fi story in which a squad of private contractors have to contend with hostile creatures reliant on scent and mechanoreception to hunt, I wanted to keep the sci-fi 'hard' and plau...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Delirium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Delirium‭

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Q&A If people were the size of cats, and the land was scaled down accordingly, what would the size of England be?

So imagine people were the size of house cats, and the world's land masses were scaled down accordingly (in volume). In comparison to the original size of the landmass, how big would England be? An...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Snifferdragon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Snifferdragon‭

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Q&A Is my river map even remotely realistic?

Hello there, it's my first time posting, so I'm sorry if I'm going against formatting. I'm making a continent for a fantasy setting, and have been firstly focusing on geography. This continent s...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James Baxter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James Baxter‭

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Q&A What would it take to slow down fermentation? (Specific: Wine / grape juice)

I am working on a story about a person who was raised on an earth-like planet and later moves to our earth. The planet he is from specializes in fruit juice and alcohol making, in specific, wine. W...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by The Silhouette‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Silhouette‭

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Q&A Are planets like the "To'ul'hian Worlds" from Orion's Arm plausible?

The Orion's Arm Universe Project includes a description of what they call "To'ul'hian Worlds", planets that are (in the simplest of terms) a cross between Earth and Venus. I'm working on designing...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lawton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lawton‭

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Q&A How extreme can a habitable tidaly locked world be?

I want to create a tidally locked world with a habitable (broadly Earth like atmosphere and biome that humans could breathe and live in) band stretching around the terminator pole to pole. There wo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Can I use an active flood basalt province as a "biome" without messing my world up?

I want to use the an active large ignious province (LIP) as a "biome" on a continent in my world. This video about the Siberian Traps inspired me. A LIP modeled after the Siberian Traps gives you a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Pharbohydrates vs Carbohydrates

Question: Are there are any serious biological or evolutionary plausibility issues with separating the energy storage/production function from the production of structural/regulatory biomass? Back...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by rumguff‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by rumguff‭

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Q&A How big can Europan fish get?

Assumptions: Jupiter's moon Europa has a salty subsurface ocean in contact with a rocky mantle. The ocean is populated by hydrothermal vents produced by tidal heating. Global heat flow is similar...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Zxyrra‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zxyrra‭

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Q&A What would happen if all stars disappeared?

I'm imagining a hypothetical scenario based on the Big Rip theory of the end of the universe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rip), where eventually the expansion of the universe causes everythin...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rick D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rick D‭

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Q&A Minor terraforming that allows people, and doesn't inconvenience local flora and fauna

What I'm looking at doing is a small game where you land on a planet, and the atmosphere is not survivable by a human being, but there is local life. Over the course of the game, terraforming has t...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭

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Q&A Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MajorTom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MajorTom‭

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Q&A How would X-Seed 4000(s) affect the weather?

So, the X-Seed 4000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Seed_4000) is a rather large lad. The tallest building ever fully realized. Let's just say that, in five decades, they decide to actually build ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭

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Q&A Feasibility of the coral highlands

In the game Monster Hunter World, there is a place called the coral highlands. The coral highlands is one of the most spectacular things to look at in the game, having a resemblance to a ocean with...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Feasibility of the rotten vale

I recently asked a question about' "The feasibility of the coral highlands", which come from a game called "Monster Hunter World". In the game, there is another place, called, "The Rotten Vale", wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Ideal sun type and corresponding effects for a terrestrial planet with 256 days in a year?

The planet has 256 days in a year, split up into eight months, each with 32 days. My planet is a bit smaller than Earth: Think, enough space for the continents of Earth's western hemisphere and th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by P. M. B.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by P. M. B.‭

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Q&A Does living without access to sunlight for extended periods have known physical or psychological effects on humans?

Humans (even programmers :-) ) are used to having some access to natural light, but in a colony in space, on the dark side of a tidally-locked planet, or underground (for example) this won't happen...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How do i worldbuild planetary regolith

The planet needs to be able to support life but initially ve devoid of it. Which I would think would make it's Soil like that of a desert. The regolith may be important for early agriculture. It ca...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by YLong‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by YLong‭

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Q&A How tall could a fictional cactus species realistically grow?

I had an idea for a new world that included cactus forests, with cactuses the size of a giant sequoia. Is this realistic?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jericho G.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jericho G.‭

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Q&A do these mountains look to be in realistic locations?

I'm getting into mapmaking, which I enjoy, but some of the specifics of realism still elude me. I know generally how plate tectonics work, but I was hoping to get some help on a specific example. I...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Daniel Coolbear‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Daniel Coolbear‭

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Q&A Effect of brighter suns on eyes on a creature on a world orbiting a red dwarf

I know that red dwarf stars are dimmer than ours. But I also know that red dwarf stars emit a lot of infrared light, so creatures on a world orbiting it would have eyes that see infrared light. I...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭

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Q&A Cheapest material per ton on earth?

What is the cheapest material per ton that one could purchase on our Earth in the 21st century? This could also include the cheapest material per ton to harvest so dirt may seem like the obvious an...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CodeCamper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CodeCamper‭

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Q&A Super insulated box/room to store extreme heat possible?

Is it possible in 21st century Earth for someone to create a small super insulated box to store heat like an "anti-freezer" such as putting lava inside the box and the box not being hot to the touc...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CodeCamper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CodeCamper‭

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Q&A If I have an Earth-like world with Earth-like fauna, and I want brightly-colored mammals, what would be a realistic way of causing that to evolve?

On Earth, while birds and reptiles can be quite brightly colored, it's rare for mammals to have any bright colors, and the rare times they do, it's either just slightly different (like with orangut...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yaitz331‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Yaitz331‭

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Q&A The case of the sexist plant

Let's say we have a species of plant, that, for whatever reason, only wants to be pollenated by female pollinators. Maybe this gives some advantage to the plant and/or pollinator. Why would a plan...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by thanby‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by thanby‭

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Q&A How to Stop All the Wind on Earth

We have a question that covers what would happen if the world didn't have any wind. What I want to know is how we would get there in the first place. Given that we aren't using any magic, what woul...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caleb Kleveter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caleb Kleveter‭

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Q&A What could cause my millennium-long ice ages?

Here on earth, it takes about 90,000 years for major ice sheets to build up, and another 10,000 for them to collapse, resulting in 100,000 year cycles of major glaciation, from what I understand. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by HolocronCollector‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by HolocronCollector‭

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Q&A How would humans live in a world made primarily of glass?

Setup: Earth developed in an alternate universe with small oceans and little water. A little before animals first left the oceans and began to walk on land, when all of Earth's land was barren sand...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭

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Q&A Could a terrestrial planet become a gas giant?

I know that gas giants are much larger than terrestrial planets, but wouldn't several million or billion years allow for it to gain mass from collecting space debris and the like?

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Niobium_Sage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Niobium_Sage‭

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Q&A Would a medieval world use the word "trail" to describe a foot path?

I'm in the process of naming some routes and roads in my medieval fantasy themed world, and I want to specify routes that could only be managed on foot. I'm tempted to say trails, but since every b...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Graffiti Child‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Graffiti Child‭