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FiahOwl
12-09-2012, 01:05 PM
^^

What about where to place my rivers too?

I included a map for size comparison as well.

I don't know what else to say so.... Thanks.

Also every colour/shade is 500 meters.

Korash
12-09-2012, 04:01 PM
I do not see anything wrong with them. When it comes to rivers, remember that they flow from high ground to low ground, and USUALLY do not split on the way there. they JOIN with others to make the larger rivers. Lakes might have many feeders, but only ONE exit flow. My one suggestion about your land shape, would be remove that land bridge at the northern tip of your largest lake. This would allow for some interesting sea lanes much akin to the Straits of Gibraltar. Anyhoot, follow those river pointers and you should be fine. :)

FiahOwl
12-09-2012, 05:05 PM
I do not see anything wrong with them. When it comes to rivers, remember that they flow from high ground to low ground, and USUALLY do not split on the way there. they JOIN with others to make the larger rivers. Lakes might have many feeders, but only ONE exit flow. My one suggestion about your land shape, would be remove that land bridge at the northern tip of your largest lake. This would allow for some interesting sea lanes much akin to the Straits of Gibraltar. Anyhoot, follow those river pointers and you should be fine. :)

Thanks :)

Ah, but on the gibraltar part the land bridge up there is kinda in Alaskan temperature, does that affect the shipping? I originally wanted that to be a giant freshwater lake too but now that I think about it I'm not so sure...

Also I have some rivers here, do they work? (sorry for the clutter) http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=7618.0;attach=1996 9

jbgibson
12-09-2012, 06:37 PM
Unless it has an outlet, it's not going to be freshwater -- and maybe even if it has one. Yeah, if there's even just pack ice there much of the year, it would be not so useful for navigation. It would be interesting though if it were a broad enough strait to leak bergs into the Maixen.

Most of those rivers are fine. The delta at Paridaniton is a little iffy - that's not a big enough watershed upstream to generate lots of sediment. But hey - maybe the elevation of its headwaters is geologically young, and the Thandawenne is eroding like crazy <shrug>. T'were it my continent I'd probably give more of those dead- end lakes outlets to the sea.

It looks nice - I like crisp & sharp over gradients & shading, lotsa times.

FiahOwl
12-09-2012, 07:25 PM
Unless it has an outlet, it's not going to be freshwater -- and maybe even if it has one. Yeah, if there's even just pack ice there much of the year, it would be not so useful for navigation. It would be interesting though if it were a broad enough strait to leak bergs into the Maixen.

Most of those rivers are fine. The delta at Paridaniton is a little iffy - that's not a big enough watershed upstream to generate lots of sediment. But hey - maybe the elevation of its headwaters is geologically young, and the Thandawenne is eroding like crazy <shrug>. T'were it my continent I'd probably give more of those dead- end lakes outlets to the sea.

It looks nice - I like crisp & sharp over gradients & shading, lotsa times.

Ah, okay. So it's not a freshwater lake then... Also there is a big polar continent just up north, I'm sure it has plenty of icebergs :)

I'm sort of thinking about connecting the lake of the siempre river and Maixen too, actually.

And I'll probably place a few more outlets for the lakes--the borders actually obstruct a river that flows down from Faehrenfall to the bay up north.

bartmoss
12-15-2012, 11:35 AM
I am not sure the big central lake on top of the mountain would work - since there won't be anything feeding it, except perhaps rain.
Really like your coastlines overall - very neat.

Korash
12-15-2012, 11:45 AM
@ Bartmoss I don't see much of a problem as the contour interval is 500 meters (or close to 1500+ feet) which is quite enough to generate flows for a lake....think the Great Lakes between the US and Canada. Think of it more as a lake in the middle of a large high plateau

bartmoss
12-15-2012, 02:52 PM
The great lakes aren't on top of a mountain. Remember, water flows downhill.

Korash
12-15-2012, 05:11 PM
Okay I am kinda confused about which lake we are talking about.....So for arguments sake I will identify which one I am talking about. At the northern end of the continent, there is a small land bridge that separates the ocean from a very large lake/inland sea. to the south of that lake there is a "plateau" 5 contours up with a lake in it. THAT is the lake which I am talking about. That "plateau" has a terrain elevation variance of at least 1500 feet (500 meters) which I was saying was more than enough to create enough water flow that a lake might form in the lowest part of it.

My reference to the Great Lakes was in that they are situated in an area that while not flat, are not in what I would call "mountainous" terrain.

If you are talking about a different lake, please let me know...

PS: on rereading this post it sounds a little rough.. Sorry about that ...not my intent, but I do want to know if we are talking about the same thing...

Lalaithion
12-15-2012, 11:10 PM
Everything looks good! Your mountain heights look good. I was concerned at first because they seemed a bit low, but I double checked and they are aout as high as the rocky mountains in the US. So, good job!

bartmoss
12-19-2012, 03:22 PM
Yeah that's the one I am also talking about - there is no other body of water on a plateau; on the US overlay map it has "INDIANA" and "KENTUCKY" underneath it. I still disagree with your assessment, but I do not know enough about hydrology and you obviously haven't defined your rainfall patterns anyway so I guess this is a moot discussion.