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Q&A Does the sun being blocked affect electricity?

I feel like this is the most noobish question ever. Anyway, imagine an asteroid hits Earth and the atmosphere is now full of particles, successfully blocking the Sun from Earth. There are people st...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by KaguraRap‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Q&A Are large meteor craters possible with the survival of most human society?

In my world, I am looking for a crater formed by a meteor impact that deposited a large number of resources there. The final crater should be 200 miles in diameter. I would like to do this with min...

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

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Q&A Who is likely to die because of a prolonged power outage? How long does it take?

My antagonist is going to cause a widespread blackout to flex on the protagonist, but the unexpected consequence is that some folks are going to die as a result. This will cause the protagonist to ...

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

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Q&A How close must a supernova be to severely harm the Earth?

I did a little looking and it appears stars outside of 10 parsec/33 ly will have very little effect on the Earth. What it did say was that inside that range the gamma rays would affect our ozone l...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by bowlturner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by bowlturner‭

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Q&A What Kind of Bolide Would Chicxulub Be to Create the Bigger Airburst--Asteroid or Comet?

66 million years ago, something brought an end to the long-established dinosaur empire. The pendulum just kept shifting between an asteroid and a comet, astronomical bolides that actually have dif...

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

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Q&A What did the night sky look like 63 million years ago?

I'm working on a comic which is essentially alternate-history fiction, and a big upcoming part of it involves the formation of the Chicxulub crater 63 million years ago. As I am a stickler for acc...

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

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Q&A Floor is lava, need answer

Imagine a tsunami of lava has flash-flooded cities. Oddly enough there weren't eruptions or earthquakes, just a sea of molten rock covering every inch of road, street pavement, what have you. Accor...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Is there any way for humanity to cope with perpetual acid rains?

All of a sudden, overnight, abruptly, weather forecast guys go on strikes... everywhere is raining nitric acid non stop so that on average the amount reported is 100mm and the pH level is 3 occasio...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What would we need to have 1km deep fissures spanning out across the planet?

Art by Sylvain sarrailh What kind of event would we need to have 1km deep fissures spanning out across the planet. I can work with a hypothetical scenario where the planet might have had some sor...

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

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Q&A What would be the effect(s) of this asteroid?

"At this very moment we face a threat insurmountable to Man. We are faced with two options. Stay on Earth and die, or leave Earth to space." - UN Preservation Council, CE 2047 Earth, year CE 2047 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭

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Q&A How long until land life can return after the impact?

So, it finally happened. The Earth was hit by a comet, and anyone outside of a research station at the bottom of the Atlantic is now dead, or dying. So, here's what we need to know: How big would a...

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

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Q&A The moon will fall to earth in 100 years, how fast is the asteroid that knocked it down?

We have at most 100 years to abandon earth. The 10-km asteroid which killed the dinosaurs has hit the moon head-on instead. As a result, the moon has slowed down and it's orbit will decay by 400,00...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭

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Q&A What would an asteroid impact feel like to someone standing on the moon?

On the Earth, with our atmosphere, even small objects entering the atmosphere such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk can do devastating damage due to the shock-wave travelling through the air. People coul...

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

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Q&A Can Shade Balls be used to stop hurricanes?

I think it would make sense for hurricanes to be combatted using shade balls to block the evaporation of the ocean into the storm. What would we need to stop a hurricane? Info on shade balls.

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by joshua.thomas.bird‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by joshua.thomas.bird‭

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Q&A What disaster could wipe out civilisation worldwide, but allow for immediate rebuilding? What would be the side effects?

For a story I have, modern civilisation must be destroyed by a worldwide disaster. The objective is roughly something that: Could be man-made or aided (if not now, maybe in the future) Decimates...

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

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Q&A Can We Prevent an Impact Winter Extinction with Modern Technology?

I was certain somebody would have asked this before, but after scrolling through the Similar questions list I couldn't find any duplicates. For this question, let's say that an asteroid or comet s...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Life on planet regularly hit with meteorites

Is it possible for life to evolve"” and survive"” on a planet that is regularly hit by [relatively small"” usually no more than a few feet across when they make an impact] meteorites? If so, what e...

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

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Q&A What would it look like if a portal opened to a dimension with drastically less energy?

Imagine the other dimension is much much colder. Very little light/heat/etc. Suppose the portal only allows energy transfer, so matter can't pass through. What would the consequences be? Would it...

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

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Q&A A Dozen Cubic Miles of Volcanic Ash--How Big Would the Cloud Be?

On May 18, 1980, Mount Saint Helens made American history with an eruption that took 57 human lives and killed thousands of animals. It has released only a quarter of a cubic mile of ash, but it i...

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

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Q&A High-Altitude Asteroid Impact

66 million years ago, the dinosaur empire was in its death throes when its final nail in the coffin came hurtling down from the sky. A clump of rock the size of Mount Everest smashed into the Gulf...

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

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Q&A Human caused disasters creating a whole new continent

So my world needs to be destroyed because of a variety of things. New land masses would be created and destroyed and joined till we had a single continent. In the future, people saw the possibili...

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

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Q&A How would constant rhythmic tsunamis affect the coast lines of the Atlantic Ocean?

Premise: a massive organic structure sits somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean giving of an intermittent telekinetic pulse. This would presumably create a constant chain of tsunamis. What sort of abnor...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Michael Faraday‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Michael Faraday‭

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Q&A What natural event could strip all of Earth atmosphere?

I was reading up on Mars thin atmosphere and was wondering how could Earth becomes like the red planet except it only has only 100 pascal (air pressure) at imaginary sea level? Mars is 600 pascal o...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Effects of asteroid passing very close to the planet

I am trying to think of a natural event that causes very big impact to human lives - massive movements of people, shift of power, etc. This event happens in a medieval period on an earth-like plane...

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

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Q&A How to wipe out ALL life on Earth, but leave it habitable?

NB: This is not a duplicate of this question, because A) it only asks to wipe out humans, not any other life-form, and B) it insists that one person must survive. The survival of anything is not po...

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

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Q&A Extinction Equilibrium: 50%

The last time I asked a worldbuilding extinction question, I asked on what sorts of factors would create an extinction event in which 96% of all terrestrial species and only 70% of marine species d...

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

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Q&A What could explain why trees only have 12 rings?

A colony of space travelers makes their way to their new home planet. After landing and establishing their base camp, a wood worker begins to cut down trees and notices that none of the trees have ...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Reactgular‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Reactgular‭

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Q&A An Inverse Great Dying

252 million years ago, the worst event in the history of life on Earth occurred. 70% of all terrestrial species and 96% of all marine species became extinct through, according to geological record...

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

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Q&A To Conquer the Earth by Appearing Ship

An alien species has been conquering planet after planet around the Milky Way for some time. They detected intelligent life on Earth a while back and now they decided it's time to add us to their c...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by BMS21‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by BMS21‭

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Q&A Can I trigger supernova artificially?

As far as I know stars are going supernova as a natural process. Can aliens trigger it artificially? If this is possible then: How can I do this (what minimum technology and civilization develop...

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

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Q&A Would an asteroid of similar size to the one that hit 65 million years ago cause humans to go extinct?

Could humans sustain life after a k-t like extinction event? I know that a long lasting winter was a side effect then, but humans have technology to protect against cold. What other effects of an a...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dibran Joe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dibran Joe‭

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Q&A How many "years without a summer" can society survive?

In 1815 Mount Tambora erupted throwing so much dust into the atmosphere that the year became known as "the year without a summer". *There were a few other mitigating factors but Tambora is thought ...

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

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Q&A Recipe For the 300-Mile Wide Crater

66 million years ago, a space bomb ten kilometers, or six miles, wide raced through the atmosphere at 20 kilometers per second and landed on the Gulf of Mexico at an angle of 90 degrees. The resul...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Likely warning time for extinction event asteroid

I'm looking for a science based answer based on current technology. Given that we do commit some small amount of resources and time to searching for stellar objects, with our current technology, ho...

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

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Q&A Do different angles of strike affect the destructive power of an asteroid?

I'm looking into the destructive power of a 5km asteroid strike, a bit smaller than the k-Pg event. How does the angle of the strike affect the destructive capability of a land-based impact. For e...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What would life be like on the remnants of a shattered planet?

The year is 2089. The political shenanigans of the day have gotten more out of hand than usual and violent zealots have detonated the Earth's largest deposit of plotium devicide, an extremely versa...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ApproachingDarknessFish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ApproachingDarknessFish‭

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Q&A A few dozen Millennia after Yellowstone erupts, how close would a parking lot look to a natural Iron Vein?

I'm at the mall and Yellowstone erupts - My, and everyone else's car is covered with ash, fire, and maybe even lava. Lets say it was a big shopping day too, like Black Friday or Christmas Eve, just...

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

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Q&A How could a triggered earthquake be stopped?

A fault that ruptures causing an earthquake can cause a chain reaction of dynamically triggered earthquakes in nearby faults, thus causing a much larger seismic event. What are some high unlikely b...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user7737‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user7737‭

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Q&A What would be the consequences for Earth if the moon disappeared?

Scenario: The Moon disappears slowly -- within 3 days. It is a result of natural causes and we don't have any control over this disaster. What will be the Major Effects On Earth and life on Earth?

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

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Q&A What would be the immediate climatic effects of having a continent appear out of nowhere?

I am writing a story where a freak magical accident causes a fully-formed landmass to pop into existence like it was there all along. For the purposes of this question, let's assume: the contine...

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

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Q&A Is it possible for coronal mass ejections or perhaps a gamma ray burst to cause firestorms on an earth-like planet?

Ideally this would be some sort of sun or star-related natural disaster that would affect the entire planet and make life outside of protected/shielded areas extremely dangerous. This is a human-in...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by J. Crane‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by J. Crane‭

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Q&A How can I catch an asteroid?

I'm interested in asteroid mining, but don't have the infrastructure in place to process ores and the like in space. However, I've got a nice planet-based refinery setup where I could easily proces...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by ckersch‭

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Q&A How to prepare for a huge asteroid strike?

The scenario is the following: a civilization with technology level similar to humanity's current, on a planet similar to Earth, shall be hit by a massive celestial body in approximately one year. ...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Aracthor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Aracthor‭

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Q&A How can an entire kingdom be removed from the middle of a continent?

In my 10 book series, the historical time line turns on the fact that the greatest nation in the major continent's history, disappeared overnight during a national celebration. This nation was enj...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Owlitz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Owlitz‭

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Q&A Making doomsayers right - a moon(s), planet alignment that matters

Considering our topic challenge, and the fantastic eclipse last Sunday a question came to me. Could there be a stable (relatively speaking) planetary system where a(n) eclipse/alignment would actu...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by James‭

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Q&A How to naturally maintain a Earth-sized Planetary Ring System and the possible periodic bombardment that can ensue?

I need some help with a couple of the planet building theories I'm playing around with. I've looked up most of this stuff and can follow the physics if given the time (and instructional tutuorial h...

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

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Q&A What part of the coast gets hit by the tsunami?

I've drawn up a set of landmasses for my story, and now there's a tsunami headed for them. I know where the tsunami is coming from, and I could decide how big it is, or any other characteristics o...

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

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Q&A Results of Pangaea

I have a parallel universe very similar to Earth but with a society with the technological level of Europe during the Middle Ages. I want this parallel Earth to be one big continent, one giant land...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Addy Daudrich‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Addy Daudrich‭

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Q&A How to explain perpetual earthquake magnitude at least 5 on Richter scale?

I need an event man-made or not on Earth that can generate consistent earthquake that never grow weak, sky is the limit meaning any astronomical events will be ruled out. My story can take place du...

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

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Q&A How big a black hole is needed for this story?

The story begins in classic disaster film style. A small rogue black hole is approaching our Solar System. It isn't going to get close enough to destroy everything, but it will agitate our Sun, ca...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Henry Taylor‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Henry Taylor‭