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v0.34:Water depth

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Water (or magma) can be one of eight different depths. You can find out how deep water is by examining it with the look command, or by editing your d_init.txt file to display water as coloured numbers by changing the SHOW_FLOW_AMOUNTS value to YES.

Water depth ranges from 0-7, where 0 is no water and 7 is maximum depth. Note that water depth is per z-level (or z-index); that is, if a tile is at depth 7/7, it means that the water on that level is at maximum depth, not that the water extends down 7 z-levels. Three tiles vertically adjacent to one another that were all at 7/7 depth could therefore be seen as having 21 levels of depth.

The following is a qualitative description of how deep the water is relative to a dwarf:

Depth Description
0 Not a true value (that is, you will never see it displayed) - there is no water on this tile.
1 A puddle. This is the maximum depth dwarves will build on. Liquids will eventually evaporate.
2 Knee deep.
3 Waist deep. Aquatic creatures will air-drown in water at this depth or below.
4 Dangerous terrain. Movement trains swimming. Dwarves will not willingly path through water at this depth.
5 Head height. Dwarves are now swimming (or drowning, as the case may be).
6 Over a dwarf's head.
7 Risk of drowning. Can have water on floorless tile above. Creatures can freely swim through fortifications.