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Q&A What effects would large-scale hydraulic mining have on the landscape?

Premise/question Hydraulic mining is the process of spraying high-pressure jets of water into the ground to dislodge sediment and rocks. The muddy water from this is directed into sluices where va...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by pg4919‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by pg4919‭

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Q&A How would someone actively search for titanium ores or other minerals?

I'm working on a story where the main character has to search for titanium (or rather ores containing titanium) in order to repair the hull of a ship. She's on a habitable world that's essentially ...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭

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Q&A How do you get steel outside Earth?

I'm looking for a more economical and efficient method of making steel for my project Death Star Unlimited, a mega infrastructure orbiting Mars with a mass of 500,000,000 metric ton give or take 1%...

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

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Q&A Extracting all water from Ganymede?

Is it theoretically possible to extract all ice and water from moons with subsurface oceans like Ganymede or Enceladus? What would the consequences of isostatic rebounding be if this was done on ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by carsonogen089‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by carsonogen089‭

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Q&A What is a good reason not to mine a planetary ring?

Most planetary rings are rich in water in the form of ice, especially now we are running low on freshwater reserves on Earth. Imagine someone discovered a huge chunk of meteorite consisting of a wh...

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

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Q&A How to mine a moon made of half uranium and half radium?

Imagine one day the moon suddenly transformed into a colossal elephant's foot and we need to get to the moon to obtain sample... Could it be done using modern day technology to mine the uranium for...

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

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Q&A What element, if any, would justify mining stars (financially)?

Alright so in my sci-fi a prominent corporation dominated by the Borlak species (Mantis-like Hexapods). The Borlak make their money by mining "dead systems", solar systems without any habitable pla...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

Question stars mining
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Q&A Mining Metallic Hydrogen

The Hegemony is in need of superconductors for their fleets of stratospheric craft (stratocraft for short) as well as many, many, many other applications. I recently read metallic hydrogen is a the...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How would iron smelting work in a planet with no oxygen?

Imagine a small planet, rich with iron, but with a negligible atmosphere, mostly devoid of oxygen. Once harvested, how could iron ore be smelted and refined into iron? And would the ore itself be d...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Oedipus Rex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Oedipus Rex‭

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Q&A SFR Breeders on Small Mars Moon feasibility

Need help with a topic for a sci-fi book. Basic premise is 200yr in future, mining facility on small Mars moon of Phobos. Power source we would like is an Sodium Fast Reactor breeder as we think th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭

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Q&A Methods and Feasibility of Antimatter Mining?

Say 200-300 years in the future, humankind has colonized much of the solar system, using a combination of laser thermal drives and solid-core nuclear rockets (fusion never really panned out). Sudd...

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

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Q&A What are some examples of minerals that Earth might require in the future from space?

I'm looking to know about minerals that space miners can extract from other planet surfaces or directly from asteroids. Something that Earth as a planet may need in the future.

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

Question space mining
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Q&A Will asteroid mining be economical in foreseeable future?

I see that asteroid mining had already been extensively discussed in the context of today's technology (Ex. Is Asteroid Harvesting economic?) and the answer is a definitive "No" - it's not economic...

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

Question space economy mining
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Q&A Identifying minerals without sight

Properly ventilating a deep mine is a significant engineering challenge. Ergo, you don't want to be carrying around torches that use up some of your precious breathing oxygen if you don't absolutel...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

Question geology mining
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Q&A How deep could dwarves actually delve?

Given an arbitrarily long time to do so, what is the maximum depth too which a dwarven civilization could practically extend their mines / cities? And what would be the final limiting factor preven...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A How much equipment would be needed to set up a mining colony?

Setting: a mining colony on a distant world, exporting rare-earth minerals. As in many space opera stories, the world is a shirtsleeve environment with a reasonably pleasant biosphere. Tech level:...

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

Question technology mining
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Q&A Harvesting resources from a geostationary point 100km above sea level

Consider a planet which is entirely Earth-like. Same mass, same rotation, etc. But in this world, resource-rich objects are suspended by some phenomenon at varying altitudes up to 200km above sea l...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Valentin Aslanyan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Valentin Aslanyan‭

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Q&A What motivation would people have for mining planetary rings?

People have proposed mining the moon for Helium-3 and mining asteroids for gold, iridium, and other precious metals. Suppose we have the means to do so in an economically-viable manner. We've got f...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ckersch‭

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Q&A How do underwater societies develop mining?

You have an underwater civilisation, be they merpeople, octopus people, partially evolved humans or not. One thing that is always considered as a necessity in the development of any society is mini...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by EveryBitHelps‭

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Q&A Strip Mining Deimos, is it worth it?

In Warlords Mars was once home to a thriving mining business, until Prometheus cracked open Deimos that is. Now the mines have either been closed or have scaled down dramatically leading to mass la...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How could an alien mine exist under a planet's surface without humans detecting it from above?

Imagine a human observation and research facility being built on a planet in a distant solar system. How could an alien colony exist beneath the planet's surface, staying completely invisible to h...

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

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Q&A Is it easier to mine asteroids than planets if teleportation technology exists?

Inspired by comments to JBH's answer to The worlds between, the consequences of instantaneous FTL. The Premise A technology for instantaneous travel exists, making it possible to travel to any po...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by G0BLiN‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by G0BLiN‭

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Q&A At what rate would this renaissance-esqe mining operation proceed?

There is a group of people with about renaissance-level technology clearing out underground granite. They have no access to work animals. 700 men are working at any given time. Mining Using rena...

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

Question renaissance mining
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Q&A What is a hypothetical, profitable way that the core of earth could be mined?

We know that the inner and outer core of our planet is made up of heavy, valuable metals in high concentrations. So, what if a technologically advanced, space-faring civilization wanted to mine tho...

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

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Q&A How to extract an object from 200 miles below the surface of the planet Mercury?

In Stephen Baxter's science fiction Novel Ultima humans discover mysterious "kernels" which allow high speed space propulsion units to be built. The problem is that these kernels are only to be fo...

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

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Q&A Why might a valued mineral be only found on one planet?

According to an answer to a previous question, it would be comparatively impractical to conduct mining on a rocky planet when there are moons, asteroids, comets, etc. that have smaller mass, so muc...

18 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MSet‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by MSet‭

Question solar-system mining
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Q&A What happens to asteroids when heated into a plasma?

I'm looking to build a scientifically plausible mining laser for my science fiction setting. The first approach that came to mind was a high-power laser that heats the surface asteroid until it bec...

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

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Q&A Which asteroids are likely targets for a mining base?

So humanity has finally overcome the economic problems with asteroid mining, not to mention setting up colonies elsewhere in the solar system. Some are dragging the low-hanging fruit into near-Eart...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 5y ago by deleted user

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Q&A Mining Suns For Terraforming?

In my story, I have a fairly advanced human race who is at the point they want to start terraforming planets. Of course, all of the materials necessary have to come from somewhere, and the proposed...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Xandar The Zenon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Xandar The Zenon‭

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Q&A Could rare earth (REE) strata form as magmatic cumulates?

I'm building a mining colony world with large mine-able deposits of rare earth elements (REEs). One source of REEs on Earth is alkaline carbonitite magma. On Earth, I believe, it is thought to be d...

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

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Q&A What happens to the leftovers from asteroid mining?

I understand that asteroids are very very far apart, but everything I am reading about asteroid mining omits any information about what happens to the waste rock or "tailings" that would presumably...

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

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Q&A What issues would an AI asteroid mining stations have to be prepared for?

Your company has just been contracted to develop a purpose built AI. The purpose of this AI is to control a mining station that will be anchored within an asteroid belt. The space station will be e...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Bitsplease‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Bitsplease‭

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Q&A What macro-sized things can be made with a hydrocarbon assembler?

In a near future society, man will be mining asteroids far from Earth. One technology on board their ships is a hydrocarbon assembler. It takes in energy, water and carbonaceous asteroid matter a...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sam Washburn‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Sam Washburn‭