October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Oceans & Climate in Worldbuilding
Whether your characters are exploring deep-sea ruins or chasing sky pirates through the highest clouds, the choices you make with these environments can lend verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the pivotal influence of oceans and atmosphere on the living world. We will explore the many layers of the open ocean, from the sunlit surface to the abyssal seafloor, and we will follow the atmosphere from sea level to the thin edge of space. We will survey the dynamics of oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and examine how currents of water and air can be affected by the position and topography of landmasses. We will examine the interplay of continents and climate, and we will see how a planet can become trapped in a global deep freeze—and how it returns to normal again. We will conclude by considering the prospects for more exotic oceans of air on gas giants and brown dwarfs, and the likelihood of subsurface oceans on nearby moons and other worlds.
Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.