Let us say that, in the future, some scientists have created satellites capable of something that seems science fiction for now — punching the walls of the universe to study an alternate reality. By that scenario, some hundreds of “alternate Earths” from hundreds of alternate universes would already have been discovered and meticulously studied. As much as half of them would still be ruled by humans, unfolded by events that turned out differently. One universe, for example, had an Earth where 9/11 never happened, or where the outcome of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars ended up differently.

One of the most interesting to note was a planet that scientists call “Alternate Earth 111”, known to the public as “Great Lakes Earth”.


Because at first glance, it seemed that almost every continent is dominated by lakes, even those larger than the Great Lakes that we have in North America. What is its history? What points of divergence would we expect to see in this particular variation?

This proved to be a long, backbreaking investigation because when our alt-satellites picked up Great Lakes Earth, it has discovered traces of civilization — traces roughly 100,000 years old. However, after years of picking up the pieces and speculating on the rest, we believe that we have mapped the entire geography and the best of the history of Great Lakes Earth.

As with the Anatomically Correct Series or the Creating a Realistic World Series, this is an ongoing process and will be subject to edit or add.

  • $\begingroup$ You could also link your Stack Exchange questions. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Vincent The majority of them don't have answers. Some of them were closed. All the geography and astronomy involved are in the links. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ I'd suggest writing these links in an answer rather than in the question. While not a problem now, when you get into the larger numbers it will $\endgroup$
    – TrEs-2b
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 16:27
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    $\begingroup$ @JohnWDailey while true, your questions still contain a lot of information by themselves. And they explain much of the logic behind each change. I think it would still be worthwhile to add all the related questions, even if they can be accessible from other means (also include looking at your profile). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 10:50

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On other sites

Great Lakes Earth: Geography

Great Lakes Earth: Solar System

Asia, Great Lakes Earth

Africa, Great Lakes Earth

Pangaea, Great Lakes Earth

Timeline of Great Lakes Earth's Geological History

Bering Land Bridge, Great Lakes Earth

Tethys Sea, Great Lakes Earth

Europe, Great Lakes Earth

Siberian Traps, Great Lakes Earth

Ordovician Extinction Event, Great Lakes Earth

The Permian Big Freeze, Great Lakes Earth

The Die-Odd, Great Lakes Earth

The Cretaceous Thermal Maximum, Great Lakes Earth

The Great Dying, Great Lakes Earth

The Icing of Antarctica, Great Lakes Earth

The Tethys Salinity Crisis, Great Lakes Earth

The Big Freeze, Great Lakes Earth

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Plants

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Invertebrates

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Fish

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Amphibians

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Reptiles

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Birds

Wildlife of Great Lakes Earth: Mammals

On Stack Exchange

Hot(ter)house Cretaceous

Changing the Danger Zone of Tornado Alley

The Bering Land Bridge, Open for PERMANENT Business

Alternate Pangaea

Russia's Alternate Geological History

Biggest Ben in the World

An Edenic Outback?

More Land to India, More Height to Tibet

Lake Makgadikgadi, 21st Century

Sahara Savanna?

If Lady Liberty's Skin Were Bronze

Larger Lady Liberty

Greenland--Not So Green Anymore

A Culture Run by Spider Silk

Steampunk Architecture

If Apocryphal Texts Never Were Apocryphal, How Would This Affect Christianity?

How This Alternate Solar System Influences the Milankovitch Cycle

New York City as Imagined by Hugh Ferriss

The Solar System, Great Lakes Earth

The Baltic Plain

No One Leaves Africa Without His Bow

The Winter of a Hundred Years

The First of Today's Mammals--Who Began Whom?

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    $\begingroup$ I edited your post to indicate to which site support those links point to. I think it makes it clearer for anyone whether to expect a WB question on SE or go somewhere else (in this case, a blog). But if you disagree, feel free to revert it :) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 10:49

Let's slow and simplify things down. First, I need feedback and verification on geography and astronomy.


The Cause is set. Now to investigate the Effects these changes have on climate, weather, landscape and ocean current circulation.

Solar System

The Cause is set. Now to investigate the Effects these changes have on Earth’s nightscape, its Milankovitch cycles and even the asteroid belt (if it could still exist.)

  • $\begingroup$ Why the downvote? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 20:02

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