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Q&A Possibility of a "hot Mars"

Premise/question Correct me if I'm wrong, or if humans have terraformed the planet by the time you're reading this, but Mars is mostly desert-like. It has large ice caps which contain most of its ...

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

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Q&A How can space cop arrest the suspicious spacecraft moving at sub-luminal velocity?

Set in a distant future, reports of alien and drug traffickings have been on the rise and there was mounting pressure for Mr User6760, president of intergalactic interpol to resign. The traffickers...

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

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Q&A Is it possible to ice skate on an ice moon/world?

If you found out a way to produce a smooth icy surface on an ice moon like Ganymede, Enceladus, or Callisto, what kind of challenges would someone face if they tried to start ice skating? I figured...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sean Kindle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sean Kindle‭

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Q&A Would glacier 'trees' be plausible?

The setting is in a region of a planet comparable to Earth's California in regards to location. The soil is extremely rich in nutrients and subsurface water. But for the past three million years th...

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

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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 3y ago by ak7‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ak7‭

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Q&A How strong could a land of ice clouds be?

In my world, there is a forest of giant trees on both poles. The trees create a canopy that is perpetually covered in ice. This frozen canopy extends so high that it supports a "land" of frozen clo...

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

Question ice clouds
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Q&A Requirements for melting snow from orbit using EM radiation

My (your) goal is to melt several tons of snow and ice in a small area using electromagnetic radiation beamed down from a spacecraft in orbit. The atmosphere that's in the way is vaguely Earth-like...

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

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Q&A Ice Dome Greenhouse

I have an icy planet with temperatures that average about -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-73,3 °C). The planet also has thousands if not millions of domes scattered across its completely icy surface hea...

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

Question flora temperature ice
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Q&A Could the Missouri River be running while Lake Michigan was frozen several meters deep?

During an ice age, would it be possible for a great lake to be frozen while a relatively nearby river was still running? To help illustrate my point: Would it be possible for Lake Michigan (or par...

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

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Q&A Snow on a low-gravity, high-pressure world

Disclaimer: I am not a meteorologist. Snow forms when supercooled water droplets nucleate onto particles in the atmosphere. After forming, they grow further by both tumbling around within the clou...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by BMF For Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by BMF For Monica‭

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Q&A Heavy water icebergs

Imagine an Earth-like planet with oceans that are comprised roughly 50/50 of heavy water and normal water. My understanding is that while heavy water ice sinks in normal water, it would float on he...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Tom O'Daighre‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tom O'Daighre‭

Question climate physics ice
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Q&A What could trigger powerful quakes on icy world?

Imagine a planet orbiting a star some billions of lightyears away from us, the planet is 4 times the mass of Earth and is covered with ice 100km thick on average. It is believed that liquid ocean e...

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

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Q&A How to efficiently protect a city from constant snowstorms?

Sort of an extension of With minimal terraforming, what features/structures would need to be built to protect a 25mi radius city from wind? but with some more items to consider. For whatever re...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jim Wu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jim Wu‭

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Q&A What kind of catastrophic event would cause the Earth's atmosphere to thin out?

Is a dystopian future with a thinner atmosphere and heavy snow feasible? Also would that mean that snow clouds formed at lower altitudes?

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Bert H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bert H‭

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Q&A What color should the snow be in this chlorine world?

This question is in the same context (the same world) proposed by Steven L. Gillett in his book: "World-building". And actually there have been some other questions about this same chlorinated worl...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Carlos Zamora‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Carlos Zamora‭

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Q&A How can I turn ice into gold?

I have my eyes on this new Porsche but all I have is an unlimited supply of ice and a molecular distillery. How can I convert this ice into gold? The molecular distillery can disassemble and reass...

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

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Q&A Aliens with freezing powers

So I have been doing some thinking and I now am trying to design some aliens who can exhale very cold gasses or cool the atmosphere around them as a side effect of their metabolism and also survive...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Amoeba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amoeba‭

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Q&A A snow sea: How to make water snow light/smooth enough to obtain fluid properties under 1 gravity

A roughly earth-size planet orbits a cool G-class star, but barely within its circumstellar habitable zone ("Goldilocks zone") allowing liquid water. It has a shallow inclination and and lackluster...

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

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Q&A How Can I Build Ice On an Iceberg With Primitive Tech?

Let's say a group of people live on icebergs. They want to shape them - e.g., let's say they want to add a pier to their iceberg, how do they "grow" the ice. Prefer a primitive answer, but if ther...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bob the Guest‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bob the Guest‭

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Q&A What types of challenging atmospheres might exist on an ice planet?

We know that Venus has a poisonous carbon dioxide and hydrochloric acid atmosphere at a temperate of over 800 °F, but what about an ice planet? Mars is mostly freezing with a trace atmosphere, we ...

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

Question space atmosphere ice
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Q&A Can ice asteroids cause an icy ship

Question If a ship went through an asteroid belt where the asteroids are mostly ice, could the ice in any way transfer onto the ship and give it coatings of ice in various places, or would there b...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pyromaniac Mariner‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pyromaniac Mariner‭

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Q&A How would a microscopic organism create kilometre long fibre optic cables from ice

My story premise is that a human expedition to Europa has happened and the travellers have tunnelled through the ice and formed a colony in the ocean. When they breached into the ocean, they disc...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Daniel Canlin Masterson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Daniel Canlin Masterson‭

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Q&A How would deafening as punishment be carried out?

Blinding, amputation and other punitive mutilations have been used effectively in the past; however there are no accounts of deafening, e.g. removal of one's sense of sound, being carried out. How...

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

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Q&A Landships on a Snowball Earth?

I've been playing a lot of Deserts of Kharak lately, and I am wondering if landships depicted in game, which are essentially seagoing ships on tracks, would work in a Snowball Earth scenario. By Sn...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Zhehao Chen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Zhehao Chen‭

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Q&A Rocky core, internal ocean, ice crust, external ocean

So I writing a story where we terraform Titan using super heavy green house gases where the lower part of the atmosphere near the surface stays warmer. Because of this, a portion of the moon's icy ...

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

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Q&A Effect of multiple tons of dry ice being dropped bomb-like into lake near a city

I have a bomberplane capable of carying a nuke. A large nuke. Let us say that I don't like the idea of wiping a city from the face of the earth. Instead, I decide to mass-produce solid CO2, and dro...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Mark Gardner‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Mark Gardner‭

Question water ice dry-ice
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Q&A What could you mine from a city squashed by an ice sheet - in a new ice age?

Western civilisation fell over a few centuries ago, because the Earth shifted back into a full on ice age climate. Oh and Skynet kind of happened. Ice sheets expanded, inexorably rolling over the...

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

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Q&A New York in an Alternate Ice Age

The geographical features that make New York stand out from any other of the United States--Long Island, the huge boulders scattered in the city and the Hudson River, deep enough for barges to pass...

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

Question geography ice
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Q&A All fresh water is frozen

If all, or most, fresh water was frozen due to temperature drop over the space of a few generations, what would be the effects on living organisms such as humans and animals? Take in to considerat...

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

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Q&A An Earlier Pleistocene = Mass Extinction?

Five million years ago, the warm Miocene gradually descended into the cool Pliocene before dropping into the frigid Pleistocene. Such a change in temperature was so gradual that life went on withou...

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

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Q&A If Britain Had Ice From a Different Direction

At the height of the last ice age, glaciers as thick as one mile reached as far down south in Europe as London. This is the reason why England and Wales have very little mountains, and why the ter...

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

Question geography ice
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Q&A Use ice to climate control settlement

The heat wave that my area is going through got me looking longingly at the ice in my freezer. I understand that leaving the freezer door open does not help cool the house, but it got me thinking.....

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

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Q&A Is it possible for the oceans to freeze solid (at least on the surface)?

Can the oceans freeze (at least several feet below sea level)? I know that the temperature for salt water to freeze is lower/colder than fresh water, and when it does freeze, the ice is mostly salt...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Matt Woodspirit‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Matt Woodspirit‭

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Q&A Is it possible for a planet to be devoid of polar ice caps?

I know water is required for life on a planet so I got to thinking, is it possible for a world to be a functional planet (plants animals etc.) without polar ice caps and if so, how would it work wi...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Sunspear25‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Sunspear25‭

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Q&A What would happen if there was no Antarctic Landmass?

I understand that Antarctica plays a large role in driving ocean currents and thus the climate of the planet. However, I'm curious what the world would be like if there was no Antarctic landmass at...

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

Question climate currents ice
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Q&A If We Push the Ice A Little Further South

Back home, the Pleistocene ice never reached farther south than New York or London. These ice ages had been coming and going for two and a half million years. On average, there was enough ice to ...

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

Question climate geography ice