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Is a complete global flood physically possible on Earth?

Just to add some further discussion to @Pont and @fre0n excellent answers. The problem of the water needed to submerge the world during the Genesis flood have been discussed for centuries. The ...
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What would be the first thing which will render the Earth uninhabitable?

I'll try to put time scales on each of these events. The Sun as a red giant - 5 to 6 billion years$^1$ The Sun is currently on the main sequence, which means that it's a "full grown" star - think of ...
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Is a complete global flood physically possible on Earth?

there is not enough existing water inside this geosystem IMO for such a thing to occur. Let's see these figures here: One estimate of global water distribution Oceans, Seas, & Bays 1,338,000,000 ...
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Is a complete global flood physically possible on Earth?

The "precipitation rate" part is easy to answer, at least to a first approximation. We have 40 days and nights (960 hours) in which to raise sea level above the peak of Mount Everest (let's round up ...
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What woud happen to me if I touched the aurora?

The lowest reaches of an aurora is ~100 km in the air. Your problem won't be the ionized gas, it'll be that the air pressure is close to zero. Also, aurora are very diffuse, with at most a few ...
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Can a cosmic impact break Earth's crust in large area exposing the magma ocean?

Let me first correct a small misconception. Where you are talking about 'the magma ocean', you are implying that one exists. This is in fact false. There is no 'magma ocean' in the Earth at the moment ...
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Would life on Earth survive without the Sun?

The answer is No, the Earth would not remain in any recognizable form without the Sun. There would still be a husk of a dead planet with a small amount of energy coming from the residual heat of ...
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What woud happen to me if I touched the aurora?

Even the extremely dim light of the aurora is accumulated from massive volumes of air. This means that a small volume of air emits almost no light by itself. If you were in the middle of a filament ...
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What sort of climate zones would be present if Earth was tilted like Uranus?

A paper on this topic just appeared: Multiple Climate States of Habitable Exoplanets: The Role of Obliquity and Irradiance. In case of 90° obliquity, summer and winter would appear together with day ...
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Would life on Earth survive without the Sun?

The Earth is as it currently is and has been since most of the Phanerozoic (542 Ma), the Eon of life, because of some important (not exhaustive) characteristics presented here, being: its inclination ...
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What would be the first thing which will render the Earth uninhabitable?

You've missed a number of calamities: Everything dies because all plant life dies from ever decreasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is projected to happen within less than a billion years. ...
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What sort of climate zones would be present if Earth was tilted like Uranus?

Too much tilt will cause extreme seasons, and that will lead to an extreme climate. For a planet with a tilt of 90˚ - that is, lying on its side - the Arctic and Antarctic circles coincide with the ...

What would be the first thing which will render the Earth uninhabitable?

According to a recent Scientific American article, in about a half-billion years the Sun will have expanded enough and the Earth's orbit decayed enough that Earth will no longer be in the "habitable ...
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Is a complete global flood physically possible on Earth?

1.Given the amount of water on Earth (including all the water as liquid, solid, and gas, in all possible places: the atmosphere, the surface, and underground), is there enough water to flood the whole ...
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Would life on Earth survive without the Sun?

Popular science has a good write up on this. In short, everything on the surface is doomed in a year or two. Life in the Oceans would last several hundred thousand years. After that, it's probably ...
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What would happen if we removed Earth's moon?

This has sat untouched for a while, so I did a quick search and found this article which sums it up nicely. They key factors with regard to earth science would be: 1) Less extreme tides. The tides ...
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What would the equilibrium temperature be at the poles in a world without seasonality?

If we consider that by "Assume daily cycle and convection and so on operate as usual" you meant that all heat transport from/to the pole remain as it is today. Then, we can do a back of the envelope ...
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What woud happen to me if I touched the aurora?

As others have pointed out, you cannot really touch it as such. What you can do, potentially, is to fly through it on a sub-orbital flight. It might be beautiful; indeed, aurora is from a large ...
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How much reduction of insolation (solar energy) would be required to stop global warming?

It's not that hard to make an estimate. CO2 traps about 2 watts per square meter. Direct sunlight at 1 Astronomical Unit is about 1,360 watts per square meter, but spread out over the earth, ...
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What would happen if Earth suddenly stopped rotating and revolving at the same time?

Two very different processes! First, if the Earth suddenly stopped rotating then the angular momentum would result in everyone and everything on the Earth's surface being flung sideways at a rate ...
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What will be the temperature on Earth when Sun finishes its main sequence?

Answers will be different because they must be tied to a model of solar evolution, and all models are a bit different. So to answer your question we have to select a model. A pretty standard and ...
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How big is the influence of tree leaves on global windsystems?

Wind is largely driven by differences in atmospheric pressure. The effect of trees and forests is to force the winds to flow over the forests. The loss of leaves in forests would result in winds ...
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How would weather change on a tidally-locked terrestrial planet?

My best estimate on what would happen is the following: - At the twilight zone there would be tremendously fierce and constant windstorms as the heavier cold air rushed from the dark side to ...
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What happens if it rains above the boiling point of water?

Pressure and temperature are not all the same when going up vertically. See average temperature and pressure profiles. The evaporation of any liquid has a pressure-dependent equilibrium point, see ...

Would life on Earth survive without the Sun?

The answers posted thus far have correctly pointed out that natural life would cease to exist without photosynthesis provided by the sun, and natural heat sources from the Earth would only be enough ...
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Fictional Land - How can I keep dense fog in an area for half a day?

The heat of the Sun can "burn off" fog. So a lack of direct sunshine, cool temperatures & humidity (evaporation of water from a nearby body of water or saturated or wet ground) are key to ...
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Is a complete global flood physically possible on Earth?

Without requiring any rainfall, if you accept a theoretical scenario of a "dead Earth", meaning with no more active tectonics, no flux of heat from the mantle/core and given a long-enough time to ...
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