Are there limitations to what kind of planet can be glassed?

2017-05-19 16:16:39

A few moments ago, we were joking in the Gaming chatroom about glassing the solar system because of some poorly written code.

We started wondering if there were any planets in the solar system that can't be glassed, as in cannot have their surface turned into a unified liquid through an orbital bombardment. Examples we had were gas planets, oceanic planets and really hot planets.

Are we correct in assuming that even with sufficiently advanced tech (as in interstellar travel and high energy weaponry) there are types of planets that can't be glassed?

Glassing is only really meaningful if there is a surface to be bombarded. Any planet without a surface, or a liquid one cannot really be glassed.

So gas giants and any planets entirely covered with water are per your definition unable to be glassed.

No Planet is really safe

Barring the difficulties of actually glassing a planet, even a gas giant or water world could be glassed. In the Halo Universe, glassing c

  • Glassing is only really meaningful if there is a surface to be bombarded. Any planet without a surface, or a liquid one cannot really be glassed.

    So gas giants and any planets entirely covered with water are per your definition unable to be glassed.

    2017-05-19 17:26:54
  • No Planet is really safe

    Barring the difficulties of actually glassing a planet, even a gas giant or water world could be glassed. In the Halo Universe, glassing can cook off the atmosphere because the intense heat causes a form of Atmospheric Escape. Once the atmosphere/water is boiled away what's left can be turned to glass.

    Not the most practical given the energy required, but it could be done.

    2017-05-19 18:26:19