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Habitable Antarctica: Pre-colonization land cover by schreibstang Habitable Antarctica: Pre-colonization land cover by schreibstang
Yep, it's time for another bizarre and unprovable alternate history map series. I'm doing it because it's fun, and it's really quite an interesting continent without the ice. This time, I will be making 3 or more maps of an Antarctica that hasn't had an ice cap since the last ice age. Despite being at the bottom of the world, it's a fairly temperate place.

Rather than colonizing the Americas, whether because it simply doesn't exist or for some other reason, Europeans colonize Antarctica about 100 years after they did their dirty business in our timeline. I'm still not sure if I'm going to have it completely uninhabited, or have Maori settlements... or how, if they did exist, their interactions would be with Europeans. It seems likely that they would have reached a temperate Antarctica.

The idea will continue to evolve as I make more maps for it. Up next, how the continent looks 100 years later after colonies have been founded.

Precipitation and temperature map of Habitable Antarctica: schreibstang.deviantart.com/ar…

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TerranTechnocrat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In a few million years, Antarctica will of floated up near the equator, turning Antarctica into this.
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Although, as the ice melts, it will get smaller and smaller as the water levels rise... it will be an archipelago.
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Faylar001 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There is something to be said for Isostacy. the weight of an average of 2200 meters of Ice that consists of 60-80% of the world's fresh water pushes down on the antarctic bedrock. this weight actually deform's the Earth. Since you would gain about 58 meters of sea level world wide from the ice melting, this would cut into much of the Antarctic Bedrock which is at or below current sea levels. However, as the landmass rebounds, the deformation would have worldwide consequences and spring the shelf up by anywhere from 50-100 meters. this would more than compensate for the 58 meters rise, and would also (probably) raise sea levels even more as the water from the rebounding would also be displaced. 
In theory, you could have a fairly large and continuous landmass with much of it at about the same level as Florida.
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TerranTechnocrat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But it will still be at the equator. At least that's what scientific estimates show.
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
So all this is because the Americas are not a part of this Earth? 
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Exactly
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
I see. So that's because the Atlantic and Pacific are more connected?
So more heat is distributed throughout the ocean, melting the ice at the caps?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, pretty much. The average global temperature is also a little higher than it is today. (I guess we might see what their world will be like in 100 years...)
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Ok. Will I'm asking because my world map is like this: sta.sh/022tea5mma4j

And I would like to know if the planet should not have ice caps?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It looks like yours has a similar ratio of land to surface water as the earth, so it probably would have.

Antarctica here does have permanent glaciers in the interior of the continent.
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
I see. So what do you think the climate of my world should be like?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It should be varied as earth's. I personally prefer for climates to tend towards the cooler side of things because I hate hot weather but that's my opinion not a scientific and educated suggestion. XP

I know you weren't thinking of making it all one biome but your question made me think of the sci-fi planets where people land on it and it happens to be snowing and therefore the whole planet is always winter from pole to equator. Or where the whole planet is a jungle, etc. XD
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ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Quite cool,but How can we achive it without doing some harm to other continents?
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
In our world, I don't think there's a way.

That's why we have our imaginations, and Adobe Illustrator!
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ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Thank you.Maybe I'm more focused on the exact way to achieving something.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Oh that would be so awesome, I´m looking forward to your colony map!
Which century is it then? Maybe Germany can have Neuschwabenland? :P
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm thinking colonization would be happening in the late 1600s and early 1700s—by 1750 all the good spots would be claimed.

I know Germany established Klein-Venedig early on, but that was purchased land from Spain and part of the search for Eldorado... there wouldn't have been such a drive in this case.

Do you have any thoughts on a circa-1700 German colony?
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Around 1700...hm only Brandenburg had some colonies, except Austria uses german
settlers over the spanish colonies to settle down too.

Brandenburg had one in Africa (Großfriedrichsburg) and Venezuela as you said.
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schreibstang Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Probably part of what held them back was the lack of a central government. The colony could have been Austrian, rather than Germany.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yes sadly one of our biggest weaknesses...not being united.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Our map of Africa is here in Europe!

Ok, this quote of Bismarck sounds a bit too sinister for some, but I agree.

While colonies have their own flair, especially the idea of creating extensions of the own culture(new plays, ideas, etc.) uniting the different tribes of the German nation in Europe always held more appeal for me.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Even tho Britain got a massive advantage with their colonialism. With America they created
a mega ally who always helped them out. And they made their language the world language
with it.
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