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Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
by JohnWarrenDaileyGLE
For worldbuilding purposes, I have been mapping out an alternate Earth, with geographic and geological features different from Earth's but still inspired by them. The problem I have is that I know only the Cause--i.e. the changing of the geography--and not the Effect (how the changes in geography influence landscape, climate and weather). I have the whole description written down, but before I show you the description, if it is not too much trouble, would you be willing to help me with feedback and advice on the changes I had made? Thank you for your time.

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
by doogly
Yeah this would easily be considered a Fun Discussion to Have. Please do!

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
by freezeblade
There's a what-if that extrapolates some of "how weather patterns shift with different geography" (https://what-if.xkcd.com/10/).

Worth a read for some thoughts on the underlying forces dictating how geography impacts weather/etc.

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
by Ranbot
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Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/gallery/ah9oAz2

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:02 am UTC
by JohnWarrenDaileyGLE
Ranbot wrote:(edited)
Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/gallery/ah9oAz2



Sounds interesting. Is there more to this course than just the presented image?

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
by Ranbot
JohnWarrenDaileyGLE wrote:
Ranbot wrote:(edited)
Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/gallery/ah9oAz2



Sounds interesting. Is there more to this course than just the presented image?

There's more to it... Students have to figure out relative ages of the rocks, create vertical geologic cross-sections based on the surface details, and answer a series of questions. The Bree Creek exercise tends to come at the middle or end of the structure course because it requires a lot of the fundamental early teachings to complete. I searched for more than that image i linked, but didn't turn up much. I'm sure there's a copyright on it, so that might be why... it's a little esoteric too. :wink:

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
by Ranbot
JohnWarrenDaileyGLE wrote:
Ranbot wrote:(edited)
Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/gallery/ah9oAz2



Sounds interesting. Is there more to this course than just the presented image?

I looked again... http://www.doganaydal.com/nesneler/kutu ... THESIS.PDF
That's a PDF of the full structure course material with the Bree Creek Quadrangle exercise. The actual lessons reference the Bree Creek Quad way more often than I remembered from what I took the class... but that was a long time ago.

Enjoy! ..... maybe??? :wink:

Re: Help With My Alternate Earth

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
by eran_rathan
Ranbot wrote:
JohnWarrenDaileyGLE wrote:
Ranbot wrote:(edited)
Reminds me of the Bree Creek Quadrangle, which many geology students (Structure class, specifically) suffered through. It's an alternate Earth geology map very loosely inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth that was the basis of a series of geology class/homework exercises. https://imgur.com/gallery/ah9oAz2



Sounds interesting. Is there more to this course than just the presented image?

I looked again... http://www.doganaydal.com/nesneler/kutu ... THESIS.PDF
That's a PDF of the full structure course material with the Bree Creek Quadrangle exercise. The actual lessons reference the Bree Creek Quad way more often than I remembered from what I took the class... but that was a long time ago.

Enjoy! ..... maybe??? :wink:



dear gods, that brings back painful memories.