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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 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would a giant reptile creature hunt in a desert?

I'm talking about place similar to the Jordan desert, where the biggest prey is similar to wild donkeys and antelopes like oryx and gazelles. My creature is 1.92 meters tall and 4 meters long, loo...

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

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Q&A Is it plausible to to cover a desert in self-replicating solar panels, using only the materials found in the desert?

Silicon is the main material used in both computers and solar panels. Sand is silicon. Deserts have a lot of sand and sun. This may be an oversimplified way of looking at things, but could we cr...

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

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Q&A How Would Organic Material Erode If Petrified

So in my world, the main Antagonist has the ability to drain the life from things around her, turning them to stone in the process. That made me wonder how organic material would erode if it were p...

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

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Q&A How to dry an ocean planet and turn it into a salty desert?

I have a planet covered with a large shallow ocean, which extends over most of its surface. I want to turn this planet into a great desert, specifically a salty desert (the salts of this desert are...

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

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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 6y ago by Arwood‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arwood‭

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Q&A How can a desert have high humidity?

Deserts are known to be hot and dry places. In my desert, I need a high humidity in the air. It doesn't have to be near the ground, but at least the atmosphere below 1 km should have a layer of hig...

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

Question weather deserts
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Q&A Northern Great Lakes in an Alternate Island Africa--Would the Sahara DESERT Still be Around?

Recently, I found this map of Africa's paleolakes in the Imaginary Maps reddit: Finding this map was mere coincidence, but this map definitely interests me. Now there have been multiple what-if...

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

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Q&A What geological processes could form the Crystal Desert on the planet Thra in the Dark Crystal?

The Crystal Desert is a Sahara-like expanse of sand, dotted with numerous large clusters of crystal, and containing numerous monolithic sandstones. What would we expect Thra geologists to determine...

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

Question geology deserts
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Q&A How can glass marbles naturally occur in a desert?

I had a dream that on my alien planet, there was a large desert that had naturally occurring glass marbles in the sand. My dream logic was that the sand was melted into glass and natural weathering...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tardigreat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tardigreat‭

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Q&A Fertilizing desert in magical medieval world

Suppose there exists a magic-based civilization. Their mining techniques are medieval and their understanding of organic chemistry and biology are on the Enlightenment era level. However, they are ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭

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Q&A How to get rid of the rainforest for a desert moon with only habitable poles?

I wanna build a habitable desertworld which is a gas giant moon. The desired and already semi-fixed parameters are: mass between 0.4 and 0.25 Earth-masses only 10 to 30 percent global ocean cover...

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

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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 3y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Water planet turns into desert world without being rendered uninhabitable

A habitable (human could survive in its atmosphere without suits) desert planet which used to have large oceans is quite common in ScFi. I was thinking about the processes which could have been res...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A How can I keep an area next to a mountain range from being a desert?

My world has a continent in the northern hemisphere that lies primarily in the Ferrel cell where the westerly winds are. The continent is fairly large, just a tad bit smaller then than North Americ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Could a terrestrial planet have water for a core?

There's a planet called eaglypt whose surface is 100% barren desert. However, there is a twist: the planet's core consists of liquid water, and there are a few places where this water seeps through...

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

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Q&A What causes hot deserts (like the Sahara) under the ITCZ?

I am trying to fill my world with climates as realistically as possible. In addition to climate science stuff I read on this site, I've been using these two maps of the Earth as a comparison for wh...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Merkava120‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Merkava120‭

Question climate deserts
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Q&A Natural uncovering of desert ruins

My world has a semi-nomadic people that inhabit a vast sandy desert. Underneath this desert lie the ruins of an enormous metropolis -- a city that was abandoned tens of thousands of years ago. In ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Harm van den Brand‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Harm van den Brand‭

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Q&A Could the World's Rainshadows Have Spiny Forests?

There is no other way around it--Madagascar is an evolutionary uniquety. 80% of the island's species live nowhere else on Earth. Among this uniqueness is a habitat that seems to come out of scien...

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

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Q&A How far will rain clouds travel inland?

I am writing a story that takes place in a big desert. I've figured that I could make my desert as extensive as possible by building a Pangea-like supercontinent, since I've learned here that, give...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭

Question climate deserts
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Q&A What if a portal is opened from the Mariana trench to the Sahara desert?

The first portal is placed at bottom-most point of the Mariana trench (the deepest part of any ocean, located in the western Pacific Ocean) and the second is placed in the Sahara desert in Africa a...

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

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Q&A Preparing human colonists for a desert planet with a red giant

Assuming humanity found a planet they could travel to and was suitable for colonization, how would scientists re-engineer the human colonists for life on this new world? Planet details: It's sli...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dan Clarke‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dan Clarke‭

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Q&A What could cause the desert?

I am wondering about this map, from the game Albion (not Albion Online): The island on the right (Umajo) is an arid one, mostly covered by sandy deserts, except for an area of savannahs at the ver...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by IllidanS4 wants Monica back‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by IllidanS4 wants Monica back‭

Question climate deserts
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Q&A Could crustacean (crab-like) humanoids live as nomads in a desert environment?

Would it be possible for a race of crustacean humanoids to live as nomads in a desert environment? I want them to have crab-like faces and crab-like skin with humanoid bodies. Would they survive in...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user93310‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user93310‭

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Q&A How to prevent a desert from forming alongside a large mountain

I'm wanting to have two regions separated by a large mountain but do not want either side to become a desert. What would the conditions have to be on the desert side for this to be prevented? This ...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Althaen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Althaen‭

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Q&A Would a salt flat be near a river?

Would a salt flat be near a river? I have a world with a Nile River-like region and within a few miles, perhaps 10-20, I have a massive salt flat. The arable land of the river brushes up against e...

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

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Q&A Desert planet with surface mainly covered with water

My question is : Is it possible to have a hot desert planet with no significant vegetation with the surface mainly covered with liquid water? Normally, we should expect to have rain overland beca...

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

Question climate deserts
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Q&A Are my deserts accurately positioned?

I have asked previously how I could create an earth-like world with as many deserts as possible in it. I have received some useful answers and have tried to draw a realistic map of what I intend fo...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭

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Q&A Effects of rainy zone in the desert?

Suppose there's an Earth-like planet. In the middle of the desert, a wizard/sorcerer/etc has enchanted a 30-mile-long rectangular area, so that, for two hours a night, clouds form and gently rain i...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user24353‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user24353‭

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Q&A Are there any big cats that can survive in a primarily desert area?

I have two large continents on an earth like world. I would like for the dominate predator on the more desert continent to be a large cat. I have found the leopards and jaguars of Egypt, but am unc...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by A Mari‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by A Mari‭

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Q&A Natural underground water distribution in a desertic continent

I'm worldbuilding a continent that's mostly desertic (still trying to decide if sand or rocky desert, but definitely a hot desert). All the rain would fall on the edges of it, through a chain of mo...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pedro Gabriel‭

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Q&A Are there any real world examples of where a desert and a swamp meet each other?

I am building a world with many deserts and swamps. So a simple question: Are there any real world examples of where a desert and a swamp meet each other? Deserts and swamps are vastly different ...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Jimmery‭

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Q&A How would the terrain of a desert be impacted by abnormally-frequent lightning strikes?

As usual, another interesting scientific question, taken from /r/worldbuilding. Would it mean any difference for a desert, where the amount of threatened objects is so low? Or would it form the ge...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Hamada this place! Plausibility of hamada desert features in a polar region

Definitions Hamada: A type of desert landscape consisting of high, largely barren, hard rocky plateaus, with very little sand because this has been removed by deflation. -- From Wikipedia ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by platypus-rising‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by platypus-rising‭

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Q&A How little water is needed to sustain human habitation?

Supposing a roughly mars sized planet, how little surface water would need to exist to sustain a population of a size similar to pre-industrial earth (say 750 million?) The situation is somewhat u...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by user15170‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by user15170‭

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Q&A Desert City - agriculture and other specifics

I need an advice about creating an independent city (a city state) in the middle of a desert (the stony kind of wasteland). I will scratch what I have in my mind so far and I would be glad to hear ...

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

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