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Areas usually affected with high tide (in red.) If water levels continue to rise, these are the first areas to be affected. (click to enlarge)

Due to the enlarged Lunar core, the gravitational pull from Luna is 2 times stronger than it is in OTL. Thus, higher tides are produced. But this goes the same for Luna as well. Initially, there weren't many meteors impacting Luna to create oceans of water, but Earth's gravity helped raise the water levels to what are seen normally.

Earth climate

Tide impact

Because of the stronger gravity, stronger tides are produced. This effect in turn flooded many islands that were closest to sea level. Many countries situated by oceans, lakes or seas are the most vulnerable to high tides. For hundreds of years this was normal, until scientists noticed a decrease in polar ice caps and an increase in tides and flooding. They soon realized that this was due to an extensive burning of fossil fuel and deforestation. As water levels rose, more and more islands near the new sea level were being engulfed in water. Worried about floodings, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc., more and more inhabitants living on coastal islands and situated around country shores were moving inland, making less available housing and jobs for overpopulated cities. Less and less land was available as time went on and as more greenhouse gases were being entered into the Earth's atmosphere. It was then that president Ronald Reagan proposed that the habitable moon Luna would provide enough land for millions to live on, introducing the Lunar Colonization movement.


Oil spills

Land with coastal issues are especially vulnerable to oil spills. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Islands near sea level were almost engulfed in oil, of course due to Luna's gravity causing high tides.

Highest temperatures per continent

Temperature Location Date
Africa/On Earth 57.8 °C (136  °F) Al 'Aziziyah, Libya 1922-09-13.
North America 56.7 °C (134 °F) Death Valley, California, USA 1913-07-10
Asia 54.0 °C (129 °F) Mitraba, Kuwait 2010-06-15
Oceania 50.7 °C (123 °F) Oodnadatta, South Australia, Australia 1960-01-02
Europe 48.0°C (118.4°F) Athens, Greece 1977-07-10
South America 49.1 °C (120.4 °F) Villa de María, Argentina 1920-01-02
Antarctica 14.6 °C (59 °F) Vanda Station, Scott Coast 1974-01-05
South Pole −13.6 °C (7.5 °F) Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station 1978-12-27

Lunar climate


Luna's countries. The hottest areas are Merkili and Tilkini (purple and orange, respectively,) and the hottest countries on Luna, mostly uninhabited. (click to enlarge)


When Luna was still a developing moon, the Great Meteor Shower brought along trace amounts of water with each meteor that hit, which eventually turned puddles into oceans, but this couldn't happen without the Earth's gravity. Earth's gravity was the one thing that helped bring tides as high as the oceans are currently on Luna.


The temperature is colder than it is on Earth. There were only a small amount of volcanoes on Luna, and they had only existed for a few million years before the core cooled. This meant that the average Lunar temperature is only 10-15 °C (50-59 °F.) The temperature was raised after fossil fuels were used after about 100 years. The greenhouse gases had mostly traveled to the two poles of Luna. The highest recorded temperature was in Merkili, at 36.6 °C (97.9 °F), which is uninhabitable for most lunans (this led the lunans to ban fossil fuels and find a fuel, a superconductor.) The discovery of the two hottest areas (that are average temperatures for humans) was key in finding the perfect habitable locations for human living.

Highest temperatures per country

Temperature Location Date
Merkili 36.6 °C (97.9  °F) Kar Terligi c. 1891
Tilkini 33.4 °C (92.1  °F) Ewetalu c. 1887
Yukast 32.9 °C (91.2  °F) Veratuba c. 1884
Dotua 30.1 °C (86.18 °F) Baxsinul c. 1879
Funguep 29.8°C (85.64 °F) Aguzti c. 1872
Zequeli 27.5 °C (81.5 °F) Vilu c. 1868
Fuelro 25.2 °C (77.4 °F) Guretti c. 1863
Poyutu 22.9 °C (73.22 °F) Yemir c. 1857
Arteki 20.1 °C (68.18 °F) Vuezue c. 1848
Tryll 19.9 °C (59 °F) Re Vanteyu c. 1839
Reyulet 19.6 °C (59 °F) Sayul c. 1837
Terwaa -3.6 °C (25.5 °F) Panuwathi c. 1846

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