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Q&A How would Humans change, or evolve, to being Domed for many thousands of years?

A little snippet from my story idea, for some context- "The Earth Government Collapses, caused by the cutoff of resources from the Colonies. Large-Scale war soon erupts, with Nuclear Weapons being...

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

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Q&A If the Earth would break apart, how likely would the large debris stay in orbit?

In the story I'm writing, Earth gets destroyed and the few million humans that survive go to live on another Earth-like planet. Since the destruction of the planet, the humans do visit their star...

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

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Q&A What species will benefit most from humanity's having been here?

Assuming that as a species, we do ourselves in, not through war but through environmental neglect and overpopulation, what species will benefit most from the effect we have had on the planet during...

15 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Henry Taylor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Henry Taylor‭

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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 4y ago by Yayguy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Yayguy‭

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Q&A How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot d...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A What conditions would be necessary to have all of the world's mainland animals be subjected to island gigantism?

Most of the humans on my alternate universe's Earth have gone extinct due to a global war, leaving a handful of survivors and the buildings to serve as a reminder of how great they once were. This ...

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

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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 4y ago by Tom Hosker‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tom Hosker‭

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Q&A How long can 400 people survive in an underground facility if they had to seal off their heat vents?

Assume the surface of the planet is experiencing ice age conditions and the facility was designed to keep the occupants alive for 6 months. An emergency forces the permanent closure of all Heating...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pentallion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pentallion‭

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Q&A Post-apocalyptic aircraft

I have a post-apocalyptic scenario, set in the ruins of an American metropolis with flooded streets. Boats are used most of the time, but aircrafts have advantages, for battle or if you have to get...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Cee Mon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cee Mon‭

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Q&A How plausible would it be for post-apocalyptic survivors to develop a mass psychosis/culture bound syndrome of seeing ghosts?

Some kind of WW3/resource war event happens. The majority of human beings (definately over 90%, so billions) are killed by a series of bioweapon diseases used by both sides or die in the ensuing co...

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

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Q&A Post- Nuclear Holocaust. Radioactive wastelands vs eco-system and chances of human survivability?

I'm attempting to flesh out the history to a sci-fi novel I'm currently writing, which is set in the future. Several hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, lack of resources lead to s...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭

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Rigorous Science What are the harmful consequences of burning cigarette stubs in large quantities?

I have a pair of survivors living in a trailer (18-wheeler's trailer) and they have found about 3 pounds of cigarette butts and have decided to burn them for warmth. What would happen to these two?...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Joe P‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Joe P‭

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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 4y ago by CaseyKincade‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by CaseyKincade‭

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Q&A What if the earth were physically split in half?

This question asks what if the world was divided into two regions? I'm asking what if the world were split into two planets. Let's say some aliens come to Earth and prank us (apparently they never...

6 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A Would sea levels drop in a Younger Dryas-type event?

I was imagining a sort of post-apocalyptic/collapse setting, where a few centuries of climate catastrophes brought on by climate change cause essentially your general end of the world as we know it...

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

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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 4y ago by neutralParadox‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by neutralParadox‭

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Q&A How deep would a bunker have to be to prevent significant radiation seep?

Thousands of years after a nuclear war that killed all life on the surface of earth, the descendants of the humans who fled to bunkers emerge... How deep would these bunkers have to be to prevent ...

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

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Q&A How to make vehicular combat viable in a Post Apocalyptic world?

I want to create a Mad-Max-esque post apocalyptic setting. Unfortunately after a bit of looking into this, there is one massive issue with the idea of lots of maniacs tearing across the barren lan...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jimmery‭

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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 4y ago by savo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by savo‭

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Q&A What would cause the land to "rise" in a future, post-apocalyptic world?

We are in the future in northern North America (U.S or Canada). The land has "risen" (or more accurately, filled in) with several hundred feet of earth and sand and silt so that a modern city will ...

16 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Arwood‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arwood‭

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Q&A How to safely construct deep underground harbors on a Snowball Earth?

A radical shift in the Earth's orbit has made the Earth much colder, with all the oceans freezing over, and the atmosphere liquifying and falling as rain. Humans live deep underground in areas of h...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ak7‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ak7‭

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Q&A What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existe...

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

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Q&A Can You Protect Yourself From Spores With A Bandana?

Currently I'm working on a project where there's a zombie plague going on that's transmitted through spores (for reference, it's basically like the infection from The Last of Us). I was wondering i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ely Miller‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ely Miller‭

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Q&A Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict ...

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

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Q&A Rapidly Spreading Disease Timeline - Fungus Based

I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 da...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Nick Quillin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Nick Quillin‭

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Q&A How would falling buildings affect the earth?

So basically, humankind was t the pinnacle of technological greatness. We had a massive network of floating cities all around the globe. During "The Fall", all the massive spire-like buildings fell...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Comrade Mango‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Comrade Mango‭

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Q&A Possibile explanation for a [somewhat] realistic floating continent scenario?

I'm writing a story that takes place in a world where people live on continent-sized chunks of earth (basically the size of tectonic plates) suspended in the air, left over from some cataclysmic ev...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dave Murdock‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dave Murdock‭

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Q&A Post nuclear apocalypse fauna

The chicxulub asteroid impact caused climate change, and the climate change caused a mass extinction. But many land-based animal groups survived, crocodillians, lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, sa...

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

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Q&A How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human popula...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user65791‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user65791‭

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Q&A What would be a realistic, competent response from the rest of the world if Britain were wiped out by a zombie virus?

I am referring to the situation described at the start of the movie 28 Weeks Later, where Britain had been wiped out by a zombie virus, but the rest of the world was (seemingly) fine. What would b...

9 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Kenny LJ‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Kenny LJ‭

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Rigorous Science How useful would a hydroelectric power plant be in the post-apocalypse world?

The details don't matter, just that a large fraction of people have died (let's say 90%) and society has completely collapsed. It's only a year or two later, and people have started to gather toge...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by conman‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by conman‭

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Q&A What type of chemical catastrophic event might reduce the bioavailability of iron?

I am imagining a world where an astronomical event occurs, like Earth collides with a comet, and humanity is all but wiped out. In their desperate attempt to recover, humans enter a form of stone a...

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

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Q&A What dog breeds survive the apocalypse for generations?

There was an apocalypse. Humans left cities in swathes, leaving their canine companions behind in the ruined cities. My question is, which types of dogs survive? Criteria -The dogs are going to be...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Logical justification to wear black leather in the Post-Apot

So, let's say we have a character like this: Living in a place like this: In many post-apocalyptic media, leather jackets and blue jeans are the main form of attire for characters, even ones ...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Is a post-climate apocalypse city in which many or most insects have disappeared realistic?

Supposing climate change continues at its current "worst case" projected rates, would we see a noticeable reduction in insects down the line? I am wondering if it makes sense to have a character wh...

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

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Q&A What could cause an entire planet of humans to become aphasic?

I'm working on a story in which there is some sort of planetary erosion of language. Humans lose the ability to communicate verbally (orally and written). They can remember having language, can eve...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sarah Fitzsimmons‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Sarah Fitzsimmons‭

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Rigorous Science Where would water come from in an underground colony?

A large solar flare event ignites the atmosphere of Earth, but luckily, humans have been preparing for an event like this for some time. We have a fairly large shelter around 2.2 kilometers undergr...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by QuiquÈ…‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by QuiquÈ…‭

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Q&A Post apocalypse contraception

In a post-industrial collapse scenario, what would be the most effective methods for contraception? Situation is a small scale civilisation with limited access to industrial materials and tooling b...

12 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Bert Olio‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Bert Olio‭

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Q&A How to make plane without coal, steel and oil

My world is far away exoplanet with water and some oxygene, but without life or plants, which means without coal and organic materials inside. High tech people from Earth come there and made some ...

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

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Q&A How long would a stoplight work after the apocalypse?

The apocalypse has come! Everything is dead, and I do mean everything. People. Animals. Plants. Don't ask how, I'm not entirely sure. Let's assume this town is in an out-of-the way area as far as ...

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

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Q&A How long could humans survive only on other humans?

A tragic event strikes the Earth, killing all living plants and animals except humans. With no other food source, humans turn to cannibalism. Assuming fresh water and oxygen is still available, how...

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

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Rigorous Science How in a post nuclear apocalypse setting could a group of survivors set up a "Internet" or "Internet-like" service?

In a world set many years (At least a generation or two) after a near extinction level nuclear event, how could a recovering population set up a internet or internet like service? Key points I'm i...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by The Blue Turban‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by The Blue Turban‭

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Q&A How long would it take to revive an extinct race of people via cloning?

So there's this planet that, several decades earlier, suffered a massive famine and drought that made habitation impossible. Everyone still alive on this planet died, except for 2 escapees, both of...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A What if the earth was turned physically inside out?

Let's say some magic aliens come and prank us. They, in one step, remove out the innards of the earth, and put everything on the surface on the inside. They make some artificial gravity so we stay ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A Unprepared and Without a Homeworld

The Scenerio In the very near future a NASA probe returns to Earth with a soil sample from an asteroid containing a strange substance able to catalyze cold fusion reactions. The economic value of ...

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

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Q&A Is it safe to grow and eat food on post-nuclear-war land?

Follow-up of Could the entire world have been destroyed by the existing nuclear arsenal in 1962? Is it safe to grow food on land that was hit by nuclear bombs? Or will such food kill/fatally s...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Quwin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Quwin‭

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Q&A Repurposing A Cargo Ship In A Post-Apocalyptic World

How would one go about repurposing a small cargo ship, no more than 50,000 tons, to run on an alternative fuel source/propulsion other than oil? And what alternative source would work best for prop...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Lifespan of abandoned buildings

I'm exploring a post-apocalyptic world and want to build a realistic scenario for the condition of abandoned ruins. What would you estimate to be the lifespan of the following building types? And...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by T Nguyen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by T Nguyen‭

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Q&A Restoring the world after a global apocalypse

So the world has been destroyed. Pick your poison. We have probably 300 different scenarios lying around here somewhere. What's Left: The world is a desolate wasteland, dry and crispy and barr...

11 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by James‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by James‭

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Q&A What would it take to create insulin in the post-apocalypse?

In post-apocalypse fiction, diabetics, if they are ever even mentioned, are typically portrayed as utterly, irrevocably screwed. In fact there was a pretty cynical example in Dies The Fire (a book ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jason Clyde‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jason Clyde‭