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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 would gravity, breath, and human bodies be like near the heart of the Earth?

If humans lived on the inside of the earth's crust, what would happen if they climbed mountains? These mountains would stretch toward the burning center of the Earth. Would gravity get stronger the...

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

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Q&A How to Renew Old Mountain Ranges

Conventionally, there are two ways to build mountains--direct collision (as is the case with the Himalayas) and one side sinking beneath the other (which explains why the Pacific Ring of Fire is vo...

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

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Q&A How large can a mountain range get?

Start: Normal planet, very similar to Earth. The main difference is that the continents are placed differently. Magic could play a role in the formation of mountains but I prefer a scientific ex...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A How to Survive Mountain Environments With a Tribal Culture?

Assume we have an Earth-like environment. If a tribe with only early medieval technology were to settle in a mountain environment: What resources would be needed to deal with the elevation, co...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Maximillian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Maximillian‭

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Q&A Geological aftereffects of an asteroid impact on a large mountain range?

For the sake of analogy, let's take the Chixclub impactor and move it a mountain range akin to the modern Himalayas. Obviously we're dealing with an extinction level event here so I'm not concerned...

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

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Q&A How would the terrain of a snow-covered mountain deter a mechanized army?

My story is set in a fortress town built below a mountain, and revolves around the struggle between the witch who protects the mountain and the tyrant who seeks to plunder it for resources (think P...

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

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Q&A Would It Be Feasible to Hollow Mount Everest Into a Palace?

Let's say that some Oriental emperor had decreed that he should move his palatial residence from China to Everest. Specifically, he wanted Mount Everest to be his palace, which means hollowing the...

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

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Q&A How might a mountain bowl form?

On a world similar to Earth minus size, gravity, and a mildly different atmosphere. The weather is much more violent, causing frequent dust storms. The planet is larger than Earth and is mostly scr...

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

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Q&A Giant rock spikes sticking out of the ground

Would it be possible for huge, hundreds-of-metres-long spikes of rock, ideally slanting at an angle, to arise under natural processes? For clarity, I mean like this: Copyright Joe Jesus Ther...

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

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Q&A Realistic placements of Mountains and the like

This question basically boils down to this: What would be the places on a given continent where one would find mountains? I have seen maps from games, movies, board games, books etc. where it would...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Blue Devil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Blue Devil‭

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Q&A How common is it for a river to enter a valley from a flatter plain?

before I get into my question I wanted to thank everyone for their input in my first thread about the general principles of river drawing. I have taken your comments under consideration and began r...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Andrew‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Andrew‭

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Q&A Can mountains ever transition abruptly to plains?

I'm trying to write a story where the main characters discover the wreckage of a spaceship in the fields that border their town to the west. To the east, there's the end of a large mountain range. ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A A world without mountains

I'm relatively new to all this. I'm thinking of studying a little Earth sciences in the hope that it tells me but, up front, I want to know if I'm completely off. I want to know if a world with no ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jeremy Hunter‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jeremy Hunter‭

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Q&A How would mountains and hills have to be made-up in order to impede tunneling them WHILE still allowing them to be mined out?

In my con-world I went lengths to introduce a plausible lighter-than-air element and did rather large amounts of thinking about landmasses in order to promote the development of airship technology ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A What would make a good dog/wolf foot in mountanous terrain?

What characteristics (compare those of a mountain goat foot: good grip on rocks, doesn't slip off, etc) would the foot of a dog or a wolf need to have to be useful in rocky settings such as mountai...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Krakukan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Krakukan‭

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Q&A Is there anything wrong with my plate tectonics map?

Here is a map I just produced of the plate tectonics of a world I'm working on. Does anyone familiar with the subject see anything wrong with it? If you can differentiate between the penciled and...

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

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Q&A Coastal Mountain Ranges--In Which the Mountains are the Coast

One of the ways to create a major mountain range is a process called subduction. Here, heavy oceanic rock sinks beneath the lighter continental rock. The result--coastal mountain ranges like th...

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

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Q&A Is an offset mountain range plausible?

For my world, I would like a coastal mountain range that partway along its length is offset by a few (say, 100) kilometres, forming a pass through the mountains, like so: (N.B. I've drawn this ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by walrus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by walrus‭

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Q&A How to prevent a desert from forming alongside a large mountain

I'm wanting to have two regions separated by a large mountain but do not want either side to become a desert. What would the conditions have to be on the desert side for this to be prevented? This ...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Althaen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Althaen‭

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Q&A What would change if our Earth lacked mountains? (Geology)

I just asked myself what is the role of the mountains on Earth? Well there's a well known role for the climate and weather. But is there a kind of physical or geological role? What would happen i...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Medi1Saif‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Medi1Saif‭

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Q&A How would a 30-kilometer tall mountain on an Earthlike planet look?

Let us take an earthlike planet. Approximately same radius, atmosphere and climate. Now let us create an approximately circular, paleovolcanic mountain approximately 30 kilometers in height and 15...

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

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Q&A How quickly can I form a mountain chain?

I'm designing a world, and I want it to have major geological changes over a short period of time. This includes continental drift, which I'm assuming should have some interesting results. In parti...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Seventh Tiger‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Seventh Tiger‭

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Q&A How Might I Design Mountains for My Tidally Locked Planet?

In a story I'm writing, the setting is a tidally locked planet with a moon a fifth its size in a binary system of a mature red dwarf and much smaller second sun. I haven't decided the planet's exac...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jes L.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jes L.‭

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Q&A How could a mountain range naturally form in a roughly clean, complete shape?

In this universe, the planet Paveiha has a mountain range that completely surrounds a region in a semi square/rectangle(ish) shape. Inside the borders of this vast mountain range is a verdant land ...

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

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Q&A How high would a mountain have to be?

I'll keep it nice and simple. On a world that does not rotate is it possible to have a mountain that is high enough that when you sit at the top, you can see the divide between daylight and night t...

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

Question mountains planets
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Q&A How would a large arctic mountain range affect the weather?

How would just the weather be affected if there was huge mountain range between the Arctic and the mid latitudes of a planet? Roughly 50-60 degrees latitude. A little further south than Earth's Arc...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭

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Q&A The Great Plains Between Two Taller Mountains

In this alternate scenario, only the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians stand firm in the United States. Even so, some differences apply. The Appalachian Mountains (right) have grown to as tall...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Is it possible for divergent plate tectonics to produce mountain ranges?

So I posed a question (Calamity breaking a supercontinent in days - Would there be any survivors?) about a calamity that would break a Pangea-like supercontinent in a matter of days. I assume that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭

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Q&A What is the climate of a mountain range at the border of the polar front?

I am currently designing a world for a series of short stories and have started looking at what kind of weather patterns would be present in certain regions. For simplicity's sake, we can assume th...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Leon7C‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Leon7C‭

Question climate mountains