Build a world starting with tectonic plates

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Eh9198, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Thanosaekk Well-Known Member

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    Also, I found this tutorial which helps in everything from temperature to currents and climate. I might try to use it and make some more maps tomorrow, but if anyone wants to they can do so as well.
     
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  2. Fox-Fire I've jumped into the fire.

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    Thanks! That will be very useful. In the meantime, I'm finishing the elevation map of the world.

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    I think we should really give it a name.
     
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  3. Etruscan-enthusiast35 Human until proven guilty

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    How about Vulcan, the Roman God of craftsmen, seeing as how you all are building this world.
     
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  4. Bennett Human Time-Waster

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    Maybe Oreios, who was the primordial deity of mountains (based on the massive, massive mountain chain in the middle continent)
     
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  5. Etruscan-enthusiast35 Human until proven guilty

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    Oh, that sounds good.
     
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  6. Eh9198 Active Member

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    I like it as well!
     
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  7. JSilvy Well-Known Member

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    Following this thread.
     
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  8. JSilvy Well-Known Member

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    In case anyone's interested here's the map with the outlines of our world's map on top of it for some perspective.
    tectonic design map + real map overlay.png
     
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  9. Thanosaekk Well-Known Member

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    Basic Atmoshperic Features.png
    These are some of the atmospheric features based on the tutorial. It includes basic winds, low pressure areas, ITCZ and polar fronts for January and July.

    Rain Patterns January.png Rain Patterns July.png
    Rain patterns for January (left) and July (right). Whiter means larger likelihood of rain, transparent means almost none. This is one of the first steps from the guide, and tomorrow I will start working on temperature and climate! (unless someone else wants to continue from here)
     
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  10. JSilvy Well-Known Member

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    And this one shows lines of latitude for when we start working on the climates. Purple lines from top to bottom are Arctic, Cancer, Equator, Capricorn, and Antarctic. Each pink line is another 15° away from the equator.
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  11. CobaltCloyster Well-Known Member

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    The central mountain range is the size of Europe. Those would be some impressive views.
     
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  12. Bennett Human Time-Waster

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    Yep, 'tis why I proposed that we named the planet after the Greek deity of mountains.
     
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  13. Fox-Fire I've jumped into the fire.

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    @Thanosaekk , that's impressive. I would like to collaborate as soon as I can, however, I don't know how to work with layers.
     
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  14. Bennett Human Time-Waster

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    What software do you use?
     
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  15. JSilvy Well-Known Member

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    How does that affect things? Would the low precipitation region be desert? In that case, it would appear that there are little to no desert regions because those are all coastal regions. (I could be totally wrong though because I'm not an expert on any of this.)
     
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  16. Fox-Fire I've jumped into the fire.

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    MSpaint.

    Also, the elevation map of the world, including the ocean trenches and the continental shelves. What I could help in at the stage after that is to review and finish the currents map and create a map of latitudes.
     
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  17. Bennett Human Time-Waster

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    Youch, that has to be painful. If you want, I'd highly recommend downloading PDN (getpaint.net): if you need help if you get it, feel free to dm me for help!
     
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  18. JSilvy Well-Known Member

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    Also maybe consider how the mountains would affect precipitation to the east. There would be a massive rain shadow effect, so I can actually see a large desert forming on the eastern part of the continent. Perhaps a sort of mesa desert closer to the mountains that becomes a tradition flatter desert in the east that eventually develops a more humid tropical-mediterranean or savannah climate on the coast.

    EDIT: It would actually be to the west, not the east because in the tropics weather moves east to west.
     
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  19. merkmuds Singularitarian/Posthumanist/Transhumanist

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    Lots of rivers will form due to the mountains.
     
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  20. Fox-Fire I've jumped into the fire.

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    Here it is, this is the latest (and hopefully the last seeing as I probably forgot something in the meantime) version of the elevations' map:

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