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Q&A Are geographically typed planets realistic?

In many science fictions we see planets which are designated by a particular terrain type. For example, Dagobah is a swamp planet, Tatooine is a desert planet, and Kamino is an ocean world. Howeve...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Liath‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What needs to be changed about the plate tectonics of my world?

So, after trying to make a few different world maps and not really feeling satisfied with them, I decided to attempt making a world a bit more from scratch, by adding in plate tectonics. Now, I did...

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

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Q&A What types of climate would form under set conditions?

The continent is located on the Earth-like planet. The first map depicts a rough Köppen classification (which is there to give you bit of a context). Note that: Types 13 and 14 are undefined/p...

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

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Q&A How large and compact could a cold east Mongolia-like steppe be on an Earth-sized planet?

Welcome to planet X! Planet X is the same as Earth in radius, composition, axial tilt and orbits star Y (identical to the Sun). Planet X has a moon known as moon Z (identical to Earth's moon). Cou...

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

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Q&A Are 'tree waterfalls' possible?

Something like the above (Natural Springs by Ellie Cooper) - either where the water originates from atop the tree through regular rainfall, or is directed up and into the tree via the spring (or ...

15 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Vigilant‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Vigilant‭

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Q&A Why are my caves warm with nobody heating them?

The continent is split apart by a dense area of mountains, covered in glaciers. Any travelers who with to go from one part of the continent to the other would either have to cross the mountains, or...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by MechMK1‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by MechMK1‭

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Q&A Weather and climate of Massive Grass Plains?

In my world I want a massive region (7 million mi²) to be as flat as the Great Plains. There are no trees or hills; basically it's just a grass sea. I am trying to figure out what kind of weath...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Gray9‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Gray9‭

Question weather geography
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Q&A Where to place an artificial oceanic island?

I want to build a seastead in international waters that starts small. It has to be in the Atlantic, preferably in the northern hemisphere close to either the american or european continent. Due t...

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

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Q&A Naturally altering the climate in order to create lush areas in a wasteland - Is it plausible, and if so how?

In essence: I'm playing around with a few ideas relating to a post apocalyptic United States, and one of the concepts I've come up with is a world of mostly dusty deserts and other regions mostly d...

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

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Q&A (Semi) Believable way to quickly submerge a large landmass

I once before asked a question on how to quickly submerge a large landmass/continent. The answers there basically concluded that literally ''Sinking'' (a la Atlantis) is pretty much impossible to...

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

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Q&A Would the Oceans in This Map Be Freshwater?

So long ago, I asked on how to make Earth's oceans as brackish as Lyr's, one of the many worlds imagined by artist Chris Wayans. The only real answer I got was something that that world had alread...

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

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Q&A Could terrain like this form on Earth? If so, how?

I am creating an RPG and came across an image that I wanted to base my landscape on. It is shown above. Is it possible for terrain like that to form on Earth (ignore the wildlife)? If it is, how ...

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

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Q&A What would a piece of the ocean floor look like if raised to surface level and left for a few thousand years?

My world is basically the surviving chunks of an exploded planet (there's a little more to it than that but that's the important part for the question, ignore any issues of gravity etc.) and while ...

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

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Q&A Is it possible for a planet to have an area saturated with lava but at the same time is still habitable to humans and other lifeforms?

An area of my planet is very saturated with lava. Being quite similar to the Siberian Lava Traps, it is essentially a lava sea. This lava "sea" area isn't necessarily all lava however, as there are...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by In the name of the story‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by In the name of the story‭

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Q&A Giant caves. How do they form?

In many fantasy works, the world typically has giant caverns that house entire civilizations and ecosystems that are (mostly) disconnected from the world above. However, this concept, at least in ...

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

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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 High Mountains in High Gravity

What would cause/allow a planet with very high gravity to have tall, sharp mountains? Mountain height is generally capped off by gravity, erosion, and the mountains composition. On a higher gravit...

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

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Q&A UHT Ceramic Geology

Earth rocks are largely silicates, combinations of silicon, oxygen, and various other trace elements. What would a planets geography look like if the crust was primarily composed of ceramics like...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A Could present-day humanity survive on Antarctica alone?

Tomorrow morning, an apocalyptic event wipes humanity off the face of the earth - except for in Antarctica. The nature of the catastrophe is unclear, but it seems that any human will die within a f...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tom Hosker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tom Hosker‭

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Q&A Is there a plausible way to change the appearance of the surface of a planet, and have it immediately reform?

Basically a world that cannot be mapped.

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

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Q&A Climate Map Climate

My friend and I are working on this world called Roia. It shares many terrestrial properties with the real life earth: composition, axial tilt, distance from the star, presence of water, etc. You c...

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

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Q&A Could a frozen ocean support a nomadic race of people?

This is a another sequel to my Plutonian questions, but I've decided to take a break from them and focus on another part of the world. Basically, my version of Pluto has five continents, each a si...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭

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Q&A How could Antarctica become its own independent country?

In the "Legend" trilogy and its sequel "Rebel", author Marie Lu envisioned a far future where Antarctica is a superpower decades after the United States splintered into two separate countries. The ...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nathan Hopp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nathan Hopp‭

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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 What geologic processes would create an unstable cliff on which a city is built?

I have a city which will be completely submerged in water due to a catastrophic earthquake. It is placed on a cliff side, so that it will drop directly into the ocean. Technology is similar to the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by creative-username‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by creative-username‭

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Q&A Can these climates/biomes exist near each other?

I am writing a story, in which I would like to have three locations within about a half hour to an hour driving distance (assuming population, road systems and automobiles on par with the contempor...

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

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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 What Else Could Reduce Global Sea Levels?

Anyone who has studied ice ages would know that during the last two-and-a-half million years of Earth's history, there have been periods where there was enough ice to suck up a lot of water. As a ...

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

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Q&A Advice on accuracy of world map

My friend and I are working on a map of a globe. The setting of this universe involve various intelligent animal species divided into 5 clades: Archo (Crocodilians), Avians (Birds), Aquatics (Fish)...

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

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Q&A Would common people in central Europe in the 15th century notice that the whole Asia disappeared?

We have earth at the beginning of the 15th century, and suddenly the biggest continent disappears. There is nothing left of it, no animals, people, lands, anything. I don't think the details of th...

19 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TGar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TGar‭

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Q&A Could a geothermal plant work for several millennia

Is possible to have a geothermal plant (not necessary a very powerful one) to work for several millennia without the place where it is built over running out of heat? I found a page (don't remembe...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ender Look‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ender Look‭

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Q&A Would you notice, visually, if the planet you were on was vastly larger than Earth?

By that I mean, if you are travelling about on a continent on a planet with a circumference similar to the Sun, how much further would you be able to see, and would it be noticeable, without more c...

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

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Q&A Can one humanoid species evolve to live at an altitude where another, similar species could not survive?

It seems that people who live at very high altitudes have demonstrably "thicker" blood, highly concentrated with red blood cells to overcome the low concentration of oxygen in the air. Moving betwe...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by lea‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by lea‭

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Q&A Possibility of certain climates

I am trying to make three neighbouring countries with varying climates. One country needs to basically be Arizona (Especially like the Monument Valley area with the red sand and those iconic butte...

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

Question climate geography
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Q&A Rock layers in Procedural Map Creation

I've been working on a procedural map generator for a strategy game (if I ever get to gameplay). My general development philosophy is "believable but not necessarily realistic", in other words I do...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Olin Kirkland‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Olin Kirkland‭

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Q&A How could a "Lonely Mountain" form?

I have seen some discussions about Middle Earth's Erebor, the "lonely mountain" and how it really isn't lonely. How could a true "Lonely Mountain" (a single peak in the middle of a vast plain) form...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Are there any good tools I can use to figure out the size of my fictional continent?

I would like to apologize in advance if this comes off as laziness or a poor attempt at trying to get someone to do my work for me. That is not my intention. This is my fictional continent of Digg...

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

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Q&A Possible for a large enough structure to survive plate tectonics?

Is it possible for a large enough structure built near a small enough subduction zone to become lodged in it or buried very slowly as opposed to taken underground? If so, how big would the structu...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by carsonogen089‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by carsonogen089‭

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Q&A How do I place my biomes realistically with only a köppen and topographic map?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to place the biomes in my continent. Though I have researched which biomes can occur in a certain climate, I'm still confused when it comes to...

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

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Q&A Could a planet have a single source of wind?

I was creating a map of the air currents in my world, working back from the climates of the land (which I had already determined). (The world consists of one continent, similar to Pangea, with empt...

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

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Q&A Position and Size of my Continents/Islands

its my first time posting here and i hope i do it right (watched the tour and all that). I've designed a World Map and would want to know if it looks realistic like that in terms of positioning of...

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

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Q&A Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell...

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

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Q&A Optimal geography for a thriving caldera centered civilisation?

What would be the optimal geography for a thriving capital, located in a caldera ? I'm building a fantasy world with multiple intelligent species and civilisations. There is magic in this world, b...

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

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Q&A Are the ocean currents and climate zones of my world plausible?

So, I'm making my first stab at worldbuilding, and I got this idea for a largely water world with only a single continental landmass, a little smaller than Africa in terms of land area, roughly c...

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

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Q&A Impacts of a moon falling on an Earth-like planet?

In the world my friend and I are making, the dark lord makes one of the planets uninhabitable by causing a moon, about the size of our own, to fall on it. About 7000 years later, it is unnaturally ...

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

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Q&A What would weather/geographical conditions be like on a tidally locked moon?

I'm trying to figure out what weather patterns and geographical conditions would exist on a habitable moon that is tidally locked to a much larger planet/gas giant. From my research, I was able to ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by CyberneticFen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CyberneticFen‭

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Q&A Where should I place my fictional continent in the South Pacific?

Rather than creating an entire world for my worldbuilding project, I was planning on adding an additional continent to Earth. Since the largest "empty spot" is in the South Pacific and one of my go...

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

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Q&A Permanent river of lava

Rivers of lava are a staple of fantasy. But in the real world, lava flows are usually very short-lived phenomenons caused by volcanic eruptions. Is there some plausible way on an otherwise earth-l...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Philipp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Philipp‭

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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 How cold does it have to be to freeze a waterfall

I have designed a group of medieval towns located on a valley, all of them connected by a navigable river wich ends on a big waterfall. There are some elevators at the side of the waterfall that co...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Erick Silva‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Erick Silva‭

Question weather geography