- However, many sophonts accustomed to standard atmospheres may breath with considerably more difficulty.
Dense, High (D): These worlds have thick N2/O2 atmospheres, but their mean surface pressure is too high to support unprotected human life (high pressure nitrogen and oxygen are deadly to humans). However, pressure naturally decreases with increasing altitude, so if there are highlands at the right altitude the pressure may drop enough to support human life. Alternatively, there may not be any topography high enough for humans to inhabit, necessitating floating gravitic or dirigible habitats or sealed habitats on the surface. 
Surface Pressure & Water Properties
Surface Pressure & Water Properties Surface
1.5 atm 111°C 2.0 atm 120°C 2.5 atm 127°C
The greatest benefit of a dense atmosphere is the way in which it shields the surface from the effects of solar radiation (…which can make-up for a lack of magnetic field).
- When considering sophont habitation on a world with Atmosphere coding of 8 or 9, remember air resistance: vehicle speeds, including both aircraft and ground cars, will be reduced.
- Winds will pack far more punch, and building designs will reflect this. Skyscrapers might be quite rare and buildings may only be a couple of stories in height.
- Vegetation, likewise, will be low-growing, or evolve to counter the prodigious strength of the wind.