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Re: Kalieda climate

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, February 2, 2002, 22:25
Andreas Johansson wrote:
> The link doesn't seem to work.
Ditto for me.
> >The highlights are: a planet with 89% ocean and 11 % land, which means that > >the planetary air circulations are not greatly disrupted by landmasses (and > >a hell of a lot of precipitation). > > Are there much mountain ranges above sea-level?
My planet also has a very large percentage of ocean coverage, altho I'm not sure just how much yet. It has no mountain ranges, and only a few hilly regions. It's been geologically dead for hundreds of millions of years, so mountains have eroded away by now. It's also much hotter than our world. As a consequence, there are no ice caps, and there is much more evaporation from the oceans, and, consequently, much more precipitation as well. Massive river systems are commonplace. The closest equivalent it has to mountains is on the Far Continent where, 20 million years ago, several pieces of an asteroid collided with the planet, creating large craters with high walls. The interior of these craters are now lakes.
> Are those 11% land spread among many islands and mini-continents, or smacked > together into one or two biggish continents? (
My world has two continents, and a scattering of tiny islands
> >And tropical storms which can last for months.
My planet has a lot more tropical storms and hurricanes than ours, due to the greater temperatures. The planet also has a higher level of oxygen, which would create a problem for Earth life, as they'd tend to burn away every few months. :-) Native plant life has developed resistance to fire. The evolution of such resistance hundreds of millions of years ago lead to the planet's first ice age. Previously, plants had been fast growing, fast reproducing, and short-lived, being subject to frequent wide-spread fires. (In fact, some theorize that there may have been never-ending fires, fires that would sweep across continents, and then return to where it started, by which time life had already returned to the ashes!) These first fire-resistant plants preserved the rapid growth and reproduction, and lead to huge overgrowth, tangled jungles, fast-growing accumulations of undecayed material, being covered over faster than they could decay, leading to the evolution of carnivorous plants as nutrients became scarce. Carbon dioxide was removed from the atmosphere much faster than it was replaced, leading to an ice age which resulted in mass extinction, and also huge deposits of fossil fuels :-) The plants that survived the ice age were slower growing. Nowadays, fire is rare. And when it does occur, tends to be limited to forest floors. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42