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# 1 Earth
07-04-2010, 08:23 PM
Looking at a map, and upgrading to a globe is one thing, but actually flying around Earth is another. It really gives you a sense of scale and how curved the continents are. And Antarctica; yeah we know its down there at the bottom, but its kinda odd seeing it as a foot or a worn spot on the marble at that scale for the first time.

And Deserts. We still have deserts? With the global weather control system, couldn't deserts be transformed into green, hydrated climates?
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# 2
07-04-2010, 08:24 PM
Also the map is based on the 21st orbital images. It doesn't count for 400 years of expansion.
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# 3
07-04-2010, 08:29 PM
The lack of rotation is really the only thing that bothers me. That and some urban areas seem to be out of place a bit.
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# 4
07-05-2010, 02:58 AM
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The lack of rotation is really the only thing that bothers me. That and some urban areas seem to be out of place a bit.
Just pretend we're in geosynchronous orbit (It'd make sense to have the spacedock as such) So there, that's why the earth isn't turning...
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# 5
07-05-2010, 04:30 AM
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Looking at a map, and upgrading to a globe is one thing, but actually flying around Earth is another. It really gives you a sense of scale and how curved the continents are. And Antarctica; yeah we know its down there at the bottom, but its kinda odd seeing it as a foot or a worn spot on the marble at that scale for the first time.

And Deserts. We still have deserts? With the global weather control system, couldn't deserts be transformed into green, hydrated climates?
You there also is an issue of a part of the US being sunken around 2100 in the Treck universe, while its still intact here...
btw: You now that there are animals and plants that cannot survive outside of a dessert?
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# 6
07-05-2010, 04:54 AM
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You there also is an issue of a part of the US being sunken around 2100 in the Treck universe, while its still intact here...
btw: You now that there are animals and plants that cannot survive outside of a dessert?
Really? When is that mentioned? Reference?
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# 7
07-05-2010, 01:47 PM
Please get a source for the Americas being waterworld. Also, a planet cannot be rid of deserts completely. Theres only a fixed amount of water to go around. Also, the weather grid is more for hurricane prevention and crop security than making the Earth an huge rainforest.
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# 8
07-05-2010, 02:36 PM
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And Deserts. We still have deserts? With the global weather control system, couldn't deserts be transformed into green, hydrated climates?
They could do that, but in the process they'd kill all the animals that have evolved to survive in those deserts. For some reason i don't see the Federation doing that without damned good reason.

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Just pretend we're in geosynchronous orbit (It'd make sense to have the spacedock as such) So there, that's why the earth isn't turning...
Wouldn't that then require the stars in the background to be moving?
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# 9
07-05-2010, 05:29 PM
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They could do that, but in the process they'd kill all the animals that have evolved to survive in those deserts. For some reason i don't see the Federation doing that without damned good reason.
More usable land? Turn the Sahara into a region that can generate food and you increase the supportable Human(oid) population by billions.
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Wouldn't that then require the stars in the background to be moving? And if you're that concerned for the unique animals there, slowly change the climate to make them adapt.
That's already botched by the fact that a ridiculously sized nebula somehow formed very, very near Earth.
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# 10
07-05-2010, 09:38 PM
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And Deserts. We still have deserts? With the global weather control system, couldn't deserts be transformed into green, hydrated climates?
Destroying the desert is destroying an entire ecology. That would be fairly shortsighted.
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