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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 I would appreciate your advice on the climate of my world

There are some things I don't understand. So far I have my map pretty developed but I think I made some mistakes and there are places I am not sure about. I know I made some mistakes with ocean cur...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Martin Pavlíček‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Martin Pavlíček‭

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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 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 Where do hydrothermal vents form inside icy ocean worlds?

Context: In a near-future version of our solar system, humans have established multiple underwater colonies on Jupiter's moon Europa. Many of these outposts are situated next to hydrothermal vents ...

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

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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 Is my biome/climate map realistic?

just looking for a quick accuracy check of my continent's biome/climate map. This continent is on a planet much like Earth and it is about the size of Eurasia. It is situated in the southern hemisp...

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

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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 What would influence an alien race to map their planet in a way other than the traditional map of the Earth

I was looking through a bunch of different ways we can shape a map of the Earth and it got me thinking. We map out planet as a stretched rectangle with NSEW as Up Down Right Left, with the Equator ...

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

Question planets map-making
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Q&A How to name places that have multiple names?

When designing a world it is convenient to decide how places will be named: Elements like the continents and the oceans. However, it is likely that the different cultures of the world will not ag...

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

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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

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Q&A Drawing Maps; flat distortion

One of my main problems when it comes to drawing maps is how landmasses get distorted at different points. One of the continents in my story stretches almost to the north pole, but it looked very d...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear World War III breaks out?

This is a world building question in a preventative context because those people or countries would be left fully functional while others gone and the safe areas is where the world building would b...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Does my climate map work?

I'm looking for notes on my climate map for a continent I've mapped out. Does this set up seem plausible. Map (Imgur) [3 Previous question with general planetary conditions edit Don't have t...

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

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Q&A Biomes and landscaping this odd-shaped planet (part 2)

I'm still working on world map of this pear-shaped planet for my alien race, so I think land-to-water ratio would be something 40/60% or 30/70% (I don't know which one makes creatures much bigger),...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Leonard Greenland‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Leonard Greenland‭

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Q&A How would a world with drifting land-masses be mapped/charted for navigation?

Context The world is made of floating islands suspended in the atmosphere. For all intents and purposes, the world doesn't have a solid surface. Due to a magical influence, islands rise from the ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Miguel Bartelsman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Miguel Bartelsman‭

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Q&A Can tectonic plates have any shape and size or are there limitations?

I would like to create a map with the help of tectonic plates. I didn't really care before. Can tectonic plates have all possible sizes and shapes? As an extreme example, could a continent the size...

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

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Q&A Drawing landmasses for this odd-shaped planet

I've just come here for some help drawing a map for this fictional planet where two roughly similar planets have been smushed into kind of pear shape like this: So this planet spins on an axis w...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Leonard Greenland‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Leonard Greenland‭

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Q&A Medieval/ancient/fantasy setting in southern hemisphere?

I was unfortunate enough to imagine an ancient setting upside down. I started out with small features and, after connecting them, got the following: cold ^ | sun...

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

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Q&A Can you critique my sea temp map and answer a couple of specific questions?

I'm working on yet another iteration of a world map project. I'd like to ask for some opinions on the sea temperature map I've done: I also have a few specific questions about some areas on the...

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

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Q&A How do mermaids map ocean currents?

Humans lay road to gain fast access to distant places until aeroplane is invented, I would presume the mermaids living underwater can make use of the strong water current to get around the ocean qu...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Bringing Hot and Cold climates together

I'm building a map for a tabletop RPG (Pathfinder specifically), the aim of which is that my players will be trekking around and visiting interesting places. As part of that, I'd love to portray a ...

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

Question climate map-making
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Q&A Is this map realistic/believeable?

I'm working on this map right now. Is this map realistic/believable? The continent would be about 5 million km² and lies in the temperate climate zone. (I intended it to be smaller than Australia;...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nesari‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nesari‭

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Q&A Can my spaceship figure out its position using Cepheid Variables?

In my story, reasonably far in the future, an intrepid group of explorers are on the first manned mission to the Andromeda galaxy, travelling close to the speed of light. They slumbered in suspende...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Where should I place mountains and deserts in this generated map?

Thanks for all the comments and I've re-edited the question: All nature settings(radius of planet, etc) are similar to the real world earth except the continent layout. I used Mogensen Planet Ge...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by J.Y.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by J.Y.‭

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Q&A Determination of reasonable volcanic island height from area?

My islands (in the world I'm building) were formed from a volcanic hotspot. I want to build realistic islands, so I was wondering how tall volcanic islands are generally in relation to their area. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JSCoder says Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JSCoder says Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A In a World of islands floating in the air how would people navigate?

We are creating a world of floating islands, these vary in size from small outposts that are little more than a Dock and Watchtower, through independent farmsteads, to full Nations in which the maj...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Whinja‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Whinja‭

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Q&A How could bird people map the air?

For sentient avians, knowing the location and behavior of currents in the air would be vitally important. Jet streams, thermals, downdrafts, and shear layers would all be important in their daily l...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ckersch‭

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Q&A Concise, formal way of describing a particular meridian of a moon

Say I have a moon orbiting a planet. Due to tidal locking, if we model the moon as a sphere, there exists an axis which passes through the center of the moon which is always pointed toward the cent...

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

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Q&A How can I get my continent placement and latitude lines right to make my climates work?

This is a (crude) map of my world of Lorne in the current age. At the point of development I'm in, I'm trying to get the climates/biomes of some of the lands I've envisioned to work out as best a...

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

Question climate map-making
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Q&A Is there any planet modelling software?

I am searching for a software capable of creating any planet ( like universe sandbox) with the ability of shaping the landscape and adding tags to any coordinates I wish to in order to represent ci...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Alihan KayabaÅŸ‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Alihan KayabaÅŸ‭

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Q&A corrected projections: Is this world map realistic? I tried to use plate tectonics to inform my mountain and island chain placements

1 degree of latitude = 96.57 km. Equirectangular projections. (Yes, I need to revise the polar regions to make sure they don't get squished.) Obliquity of Jasmi: +31.1 degrees. Radius of Jasm...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Rúnatál Davino‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Rúnatál Davino‭

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Q&A Could I get some guidance on this map in progress?

BACKGROUND So I was working on a map, when I suddenly realized that despite the many helpful tutorials on this site I have very little idea what I'm doing. I thought it might be a good idea to put...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Random‭

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Q&A How realistic is the geography of my map?

I was told to post this question separately, so here it is. I need help with the geography and climate of my map. Blue circles are ports Gray circles are cities That one brown circle is a town ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭

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Q&A How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are an...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭

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Q&A A water cycle in an underground setting

The ozone layer depleted beyond reasonable levels and life on the surface has become impossible and life migrated underground in giant caves connected together by tunnels. Some of those caves have...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Liquid Same‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Liquid Same‭

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Q&A Tips for Improving a Fictional Map's Coastlines

So I've created a map of a fictional world using the guidelines established in the Creating a Realistic World Series. However, like all creative endeavors, the first few (hundred) maps are not goin...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Daccache‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Daccache‭

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Q&A Underground Terrain Types / Biomes / Agriculture

I'm creating a fantasy-world generator. So far I've got it generating a reasonably good surface map, complete with terrain, cities, and borders. Here's a link for anybody who wants to try it: https...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Bert Haddad‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Bert Haddad‭

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Q&A Explaining uphill rivers scientifically?

I see this in so many maps. Normally, the water flows downhill because of gravity but here it is the opposite, rivers will go above the hills. When you mention this incoherence, the authors refuse ...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A What would the star chart be like if earth had a ring?

Recently, I've seen those pictures showing what Earth would be like if it had rings, and that made me wonder, what would the sky map be like? This ring would appear as a fixed object (pretty much a...

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

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Q&A How can I indicate a third dimension on a map of outer space?

I'm working on a map of several star systems (with the stars, planets, etc. not to scale with the map), and I'd like to show that they don't all lie in the same plane. Some orbits are perpendicular...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Can I map the location of my convenient store inside a wormhole?

Set in the distance future probably a type 3 civilization on a Kardashev scale, I plan to setup multiple chain of convenient stores at many wormholes where there are heavy traffics, how can I creat...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How can the entire universe be mapped?

Inspired by Mapping the far side of the galaxy, I wondered how it would be possible to create a real-time map of the entire universe. As that question dealt with the issue of a one-time travel to ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rm -rf slash‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by rm -rf slash‭

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Q&A Mapping the far side of the galaxy

Humans got a one time ticket to the other side of the galaxy, traveling $2r$ in just a few days (where $r$ is the distance from earth to the super massive black hole: 28,000 lightyears) The stars ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Magic-Mouse‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Magic-Mouse‭

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Q&A What are mapping or diagramming techniques that would be valuable to someone mapping a planetary system?

Basically, it's a question about creating maps or diagrams. In particular, we on Earth are used to maps showing variation over distance &amp; location. The problem with space that is everything is...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Jim2B‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Jim2B‭

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Q&A Is it possible to change the ocean levels after blowing up a continental land bridge?

I am somewhat new to worldbuilding so forgive me if I am not as clear as I could be. I have created a continent, but for relate-ability sake, imagine the US and Mexico, but where the Yucatan Peni...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Carmen‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Carmen‭

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Q&A Ratio between planet-size and terrain elevation?

Let's imagine we have an algorithm that produce an elevation-map for a sphere. I wonder if the ratio between the planet radius and the delta between the highest and lowest altitude is a constant or...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by perror‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by perror‭

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Q&A How to make a planet map?

I have to make a map for two planets. For booth two I already have an idea about what they look like, but I don't know how to draw them. They don't need to be really clear, however they should make...

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

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Q&A How to navigate without magnetism?

Suppose a team of explorers touched down on an Earth-like planet which do not generate its own magnetic field and there are always a thick layer of cloud covering the sky at all time. My question i...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by user6760‭