In the Stargate series, now and again members of SG-1 comment that other worlds can bury their Stargate in order to deter the Goa'uld attack from the gate.

In the Stargate Movie Continuum, when one of Ba'al's clones activate the Stargate that was on the Ship, we see it dematerialize the side of the ship as a result from the wormhole opening. This would suggest that even if a Stargate was buried, if it was activated, it could dematerialize the ground.

So how deep would one need to bury the Stargate to deter an attack from the gate? Not just Goa'uld attacks, but any other antagonistic race including humans (on the assumption that some humans start thinking of themselves as gods and try to subjugate lesser races which one SG Team did try in season 1 (assuming the role of a god, forcing the locals into servitude)).

  • The movie and the TV shows are effectively separate continuities... you may have difficulty reconciling them. – Kevin May 20 '16 at 2:38
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    @Kevin: All media referred to in this question are in the TV show's continuity. Continuum is an SG-1 movie. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 30 '16 at 15:21
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If the opening in the gate is obstructed then the wormhole will fail to lock.

So as long as the gate is completely covered you're good.

In s3e19 we see the archaeologists uncovering their planet's buried gate from inside of a cliff face. While it's not clear if they had to actually dig the cliff face out or if it was a natural formation it was stated that the SG team had tried to dial the gate previously and failed and convenient timing aside the minute the gates opening was uncovered it began to establish a wormhole lock.

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    The thing that's always bugged me about this element of Stargate is that the gate in Antarctica, buried deep in a bed of ice, had no problem activating when Jack and Carter end up there. – BBlake Sep 23 '15 at 12:16
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    I'd clarify that as long as the event horizon isn't blocked then the wormhole can be established. It doesn't need to be the entire opening, as we see with permanent irises. There only needs to be a small bit of space for the sideways flushing thing. – Web Head Sep 23 '15 at 13:01
  • There's also a bit of wiggle room there as well. The original Stargate series had a "whoosh" that went both forward AND backward. That is significant as the original thing blocking the gate was a large rock in the middle of the ring. That's later forgotten, and all that's needed is a forward whoosh. Clearly the Ancients had a larger effects budget than the Tau'ri. – Vogie Dec 8 '15 at 13:44

Actually, only the inside of the gate has to be buried. This was shown in the episode "48 Hours" when where the second offsets the iris so it will keep a wormhole from forming.

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