Post by BiologicalSomething on Sept 15, 2017 20:28:49 GMT
Oooooooo, now that's a question.
The answer iiiiiiiiiissss- Depends. It would have to have a hell of a sun to provide energy to all of the plants. Gameplay wise, once you ascend, prrrrooobably. Besides, the sun it would take to provide energy to that would probably have a very distant goldilocks zone, and a thin one at that (relatively.). My best guess is a no, since it seems a bit out of hand for what Thrive allows in terms of realism. In real life, it could happen. Hopefully. Since it would probably look pretty. As for forest continent, probably not. Climates, y'know?
Witnessed the first recorded bot infiltrator. Probably online right now. Zipper-Zapper.
Thrive focuses on realism, so the idea of one continent being covered by glowing forests with little variation in biome seems kinda unlikely. I'd love to go a bit more in-depth about this, but the shorter version of it is that bio-luminescent forests don't occur naturally because plants as we know them simply receive no benefit from either the kind of potentially-symbiotic bacteria or enzymes (luciferase and luciferin) that would trigger that ability.
As for the bit about the energy they require: it's not really a question of either the Goldilocks zone or the amount of sunlight these plants would need to receive, as much as it is their immediate environment, the evolution and existence of those plants in an environment that wouldn't make them extremely vulnerable while being so bright. It'd make more sense in the perpetual darkness of the ocean, where organisms can be deceptive by hiding in plain sight or fooling their prey/predators.