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24th Apr '16 3:59:49 PM Nippertipper
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Earth itself could fairly be considered a Water Planet. In its history, it has been an Ice planet more than once, though, as well as periods when most of the landmass was Desert (early Mesozoic) and of nearly uniform lush growth (mid-Mesozoic)[[note]]Studies have shown, however, that Mesozoic climates were far more diverse than previously thought, however; for instance, we have evidence of early Cretaceous glacia[[{{Irony}} tions]][[/note]]. By similar standards, Mercury could be a Desert Planet, Venus a Cloud/Volcano Planet, and Mars another Desert Planet (a cold desert this time). If you allow the moons of the gas giants, you also have Io (a Volcano Planetoid - it has been said that the entire surface of the moon is repaved in just three years by volcanic activity) and numerous Ice Planetoids (such as Europa and Enceladus). Most of the outer solar system dwarf-planets are also Ice Planetoids.

Note that a Single Biome Planet is not necessarily a Single ''Climate'' Planet. Even on planets and moons lacking atmospheres, there are bound to be variations in temperature due to latitude if the planet or moon receives a significant amount of radiant heat from a star. A planet or moon with atmosphere will of course have much more complex weather patterns due to wind and precipitation.

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Earth itself could fairly be considered a Water Planet.water planet. In its history, it has been an Ice planet more than once, though, as well as periods when most of the landmass was Desert (early Mesozoic) and of nearly uniform lush growth (mid-Mesozoic)[[note]]Studies have shown, however, that Mesozoic climates were far more diverse than previously thought, however; for instance, we have evidence of early Cretaceous glacia[[{{Irony}} tions]][[/note]]. By similar standards, Mercury could be a Desert Planet, Venus a Cloud/Volcano Planet, and Mars another Desert Planet (a cold desert this time). If you allow the moons of the gas giants, you also have Io (a Volcano Planetoid - it has been said that the entire surface of the moon is repaved in just three years by volcanic activity) and numerous Ice Planetoids (such as Europa and Enceladus). Most of the outer solar system dwarf-planets are also Ice Planetoids.

Note that a Single Biome Planet is not necessarily a Single ''Climate'' Planet.single ''climate'' planet. Even on planets and moons lacking atmospheres, there are bound to be variations in temperature due to latitude if the planet or moon receives a significant amount of radiant heat from a star. A planet or moon with atmosphere will of course have much more complex weather patterns due to wind and precipitation.



* [[UnderTheSea Ocean Planets]] -- These tend to have few, if any, mountains tall enough to breach the surface and make islands; if there are, they're prime beachfront vacation spots. Earth is arguably an Ocean Planet, just one with a lot of tectonic activity to create islands and continents (and even so, the average elevation of the Earth's surface is still well below sea level). This was even more true 500 million years ago, when the only life that existed was in the sea, and there was much less land above water than there is today. An extrasolar planet, [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/super-earth/ GJ 1214b]], has cropped up practically next door to us (a mere 42 light-years), which does appear to be an ocean planet, albeit a very hot one, and extremely non-livable.

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* [[UnderTheSea Ocean Planets]] -- These tend to have just a few, if any, mountains tall enough to breach the surface and make islands; if there are, they're prime beachfront vacation spots. Earth is arguably an Ocean Planet, ocean planet, just one with a lot of tectonic activity to create islands and continents (and even so, the average elevation of the Earth's surface is still well below sea level). This was even more true 500 million years ago, when the only life that existed was in the sea, and there was much less land above water than there is today. An extrasolar planet, [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/super-earth/ GJ 1214b]], has cropped up practically next door to us (a mere 42 light-years), which does appear to be an ocean planet, albeit a very hot one, and extremely non-livable.
24th Apr '16 3:23:18 PM Nippertipper
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Planets in outer space will often be defined by a single setting. It doesn't matter if the events of the story only take place in on a small portion of the planet -- we are still told the entire planet has one climate; specifically, the same climate as where the story takes place. Very rarely does any planet have the same level of environmental diversity as Earth, despite being as large and having a normal orbit. An ecological equivalent to the PlanetOfHats. The locals will often [[PlanetOfHats have a hat]] that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture resembles the human cultures that inhabit similar environments]].

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Planets in outer space Many other planets and natural satellites will often be defined by a single setting. It doesn't matter if the events of the story only take place in on a small portion of the planet -- we are still told the entire planet has one climate; specifically, the same climate as where the story takes place. Very rarely does any planet have the same level of environmental diversity as Earth, despite being as large and having a normal orbit. An ecological equivalent to the PlanetOfHats. The locals will often [[PlanetOfHats have a hat]] that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture resembles the human cultures that inhabit similar environments]].
30th Mar '16 7:29:34 PM Theriocephalus
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** Some planes can come across as this. For example, Rath is virtually all flowstone (a magically animated substance under the control of the plane's ruler); Mirrodin is an all-metal world constructed by a planeswalker; Ravnica is a city that has ultimately expanded to fill its entire plane. Somewhat justified in that none of these worlds came to be that way naturally; also, even these places find room to squeeze in the five basic land types of the game (forests, islands, mountains, plains, and swamps) in some form or other.

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** Some planes can come across as this. For example, Rath is virtually all flowstone (a magically animated substance under the control of the plane's ruler); Mirrodin is an all-metal world constructed by a planeswalker; Ravnica is a city that has ultimately expanded to fill its entire plane. Somewhat justified in that none of these worlds came to be that way naturally; also, even these places find room to squeeze in the five basic land types of the game (forests, islands, mountains, plains, and swamps) in some form or other.



** Mirrodin only looks this way because of how alien the whole metal-and-flesh blend theme is. The place has at least as wide a range of climates as the real world, it just doesn't seem that way.
5th Mar '16 10:12:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** It also has some Single Biome Planets that don't technically fit. Hive Worlds are worlds where, for various reasons, humans have been forced to live into massive city-buildings that can house billions of people, usually because the rest of the planet has been rendered uninhabitable by untold eons of industrialization and rampant pollution. The most atypical Hive World is {{Necromunda}}; about ten thousand skyscraper-based Hives scattered amidst an endless desert of ancient ash and chemical dust, but there are many others. Valhalla suffered a cosmic collision that knocked it out of orbit, rendering it an Ice Planet, but with a twist: huge subterranean cities were promptly bored into the heart of the planet and the depths of the glaciers in order to escape the cold. Also, Catachan, a Jungle Planet so deadly that it's ''[[UpToEleven also]]'' a DeathWorld, to the point where surviving past ten is a major success, and every Catachan soldier is a {{Rambo}} from ''{{Film/Predator}}''. [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Catachan_Jungle_Fighters.jpg No really]].

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** It also has some Single Biome Planets that don't technically fit. Hive Worlds are worlds where, for various reasons, humans have been forced to live into massive city-buildings that can house billions of people, usually because the rest of the planet has been rendered uninhabitable by untold eons of industrialization and rampant pollution. The most atypical Hive World is {{Necromunda}}; TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}; about ten thousand skyscraper-based Hives scattered amidst an endless desert of ancient ash and chemical dust, but there are many others. Valhalla suffered a cosmic collision that knocked it out of orbit, rendering it an Ice Planet, but with a twist: huge subterranean cities were promptly bored into the heart of the planet and the depths of the glaciers in order to escape the cold. Also, Catachan, a Jungle Planet so deadly that it's ''[[UpToEleven also]]'' a DeathWorld, to the point where surviving past ten is a major success, and every Catachan soldier is a {{Rambo}} from ''{{Film/Predator}}''. [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/File:Catachan_Jungle_Fighters.jpg No really]].
13th Feb '16 4:19:44 PM Theriocephalus
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* As in the page quote, the ''{{Franchise/Star Wars}}'' universe is bad for this. There's the desert planet Tattooine, the ice planet Hoth, the swamp planet Dagobah, and a lot of others. Nal Hutta is covered in slimy swamps, Coruscant was built into a single, planet-wide city. Mustafar is all volcanoes and lava, and the Twi'leks come from a TwilightWorld in tidal lock, where they can live only in the zone between light and dark.
** In the ExpandedUniverse, Tattooine is somewhat justified, as it was a lush, green planet with oceans and forests until its inhabitants rebelled against the invaders who enslaved them. The invaders got ticked off and bombarded the place from orbit, frying it into a desert wasteland.
12th Feb '16 12:33:24 AM TitoMosquito
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* Lampshaded in a Star Wars skit of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. The sea monster ends up as the skeleton C-3PO found in the middle of the desert.
12th Feb '16 12:29:44 AM TitoMosquito
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* Hoth is only habitable on the equator. The rest of the planet is too cold for any sort of life. There are geothermal vents and underground (underice?) cavern systems that have liquid water and support lichens and other hardy plants, which the herbivores feed on, which feed the omnivorous tauntauns and carnivorous wampas. The tauntauns and some smaller animals regularly trek out across the surface to find new territory, mates and food. The wampas find the thermal areas too hot and are the only creatures to spend all their time in the ice and snow, only going into the warmer places to quickly grab a meal if they can't ambush one out on the ice.

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* Hoth is only habitable on the equator. The rest of the planet is too cold for any sort of life.life (hardly enough to fill up a space cruiser). There are geothermal vents and underground (underice?) cavern systems that have liquid water and support lichens and other hardy plants, which the herbivores feed on, which feed the omnivorous tauntauns and carnivorous wampas. The tauntauns and some smaller animals regularly trek out across the surface to find new territory, mates and food. The wampas find the thermal areas too hot and are the only creatures to spend all their time in the ice and snow, only going into the warmer places to quickly grab a meal if they can't ambush one out on the ice.
23rd Jan '16 9:21:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''StrontiumDog'' RPG

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* ''StrontiumDog'' ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' RPG
1st Jan '16 4:52:42 PM SpukiKitty
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** And all of these and Mongo appear to be Island Planets floating inside a weird, glowing nebula-like thing with a vortex as an entryway. It's not a conventional solar system as we would know it.
1st Jan '16 3:59:35 PM chicagomel
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* As in the page quote, the ''{{Franchise/Star Wars}}'' universe is bad for this. There's the desert planet Tattooine, the ice planet Hoth, the swamp planet Dagobah, and a lot of others. Nal Hutta is covered in slimy swamps, Coruscant was built into a single, planet-wide city.

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* As in the page quote, the ''{{Franchise/Star Wars}}'' universe is bad for this. There's the desert planet Tattooine, the ice planet Hoth, the swamp planet Dagobah, and a lot of others. Nal Hutta is covered in slimy swamps, Coruscant was built into a single, planet-wide city. Mustafar is all volcanoes and lava, and the Twi'leks come from a TwilightWorld in tidal lock, where they can live only in the zone between light and dark.
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