People would actually have the benefits of living underwater with the benefits of direct contact with the atmosphere and sunlight. So, why not have a complete mining city in this way? Or even a multitude of them?
(Note: I started this image many weeks ago, but then interrupted it to make some other images. I'm always jumping from unfinished piece to unfinished piece... This one arthurblue.deviantart.com/art/… was one of them. I used here the same basic concept at a much smaller scale.)
My main images with colonies:
Caves of Tau Ceti:
Home away from home:
Shores of Orion:
This image is also another take on my concept of micro-worlds, a concept on which I based several images:
Micro-world of Soul-Sphere:
Micro-world of Thales:
Rendered in Vue, as always.
In your structures, wouldt it be wise to have som way of accessing the water surface from the entrance, so ships etc. could enter? Some sort of harbor maybe (:
I would like to know how you make this masterpieces! I guess there is some real life photo manipulation in them? Anyways, keep up the good work, im going to follow you for a while (;
Most of the transportation is done by air (and aerial ships enter by the main opening, directly to the inside) but there is also an entrance by sea. It's not visible on the image because it's in that corridor between buildings (to be protected from the wind).
All my images are done without any photo manipulation at all. All my images are renderings from virtual 3D worlds, built inside Vue (www.e-onsoftware.com).
one of the things I love about science-fiction is the conceptual leaps our minds are allowed when it comes to visualizing the future.
and this really is just that: we don't have to think about the advances in materials sciences that would enable structural assemblies to withstand the pressure extremes that these would have to endure daily along with the added stresses brought on by weather and time. we just have to look and think "that would be pretty damn cool!"
and it is.
Or maybe this would be a window-dresser to the gates of hell, sucking people in for cheap labor underground?
Very cool concept, and with the right materials, this might be possible in the future?
But I have a question...
Since we can see the pipes underwater, how come we can't see some more of the structures?
That's a good question, I'm not sure about the answer either. That kind of things is handled by the software, when it's rendering. I'll have to check that.
That's not a texture, that's a procedural material based on a fractal. This fractal simulates the ocean waves with a mathematical formula, based on the input physical parameters that I provide (wind strength and direction, choppiness, wave height, etc).
If you look at some aerial photos of the sea, you'll see that it's also repetitive in certain weather conditions. For example:
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Of course, you can also criticize nature for being too repetitive.
I think I'd want an above-line view of the island, though.
It's fun to make stuff up... but the math on my previous reply is correct, as far as I know.
Hmmm, well, that's not a given. Water could be taken to other nearby colonies in need of that resource... I can imagine a desert planet having a good use for that water.
But anyway, let's assume it doesn't.
My planet has a radius of about 150Km (much smaller than Earth's) but it almost has no land and the average ocean depth is similar to Earth's (~2400m, if spread over the entire surface). This means my planet has roughly 500,000 Km3 of water (Earth has 1,386,000,000).
My structures are hexagonal prisms. Let's imagine each single unit with 2000 meters deep, 500 meters each side. V=3xsqrt(3)xs2xh/2, so that's 1.3Km3 volume each. That's 0.0002% of the total water of the planet. Let's imagine we have 100 structures like these (you see the cluster in foreground is number 27, the distant one is 28, so that's 84; you can't see any other until the horizon so there shouldn't thousands).
That's 0.02% of the total water volume of the planet. So, that's fairly irrelevant, from the overall volume point of view. If you do the math, you'll see that the water level would raise by ~0.5 meters.
But anyway, the raise in the water level wouldn't be relevant because this planet is not inhabited on land (you see that the mountain in the background has no vegetation). That's the only land above water on this planet. Given so little land, life on this planet developed exclusively on water.