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As we see in the MLP universe the ponies themselves have control over when seasons change (via Winter Wrap Up, Fall Run, etc) so there is no natural reason for seasons to change. Is there any indication that a pony year progresses in the same way that our year does? Could you artificially speed up seasons?

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    One will still want to go through the seasons in order for agriculture purposes, the way crops grow, die and drop nutrients in the soil for the next year on seasonal triggers is very important in the ecosystem. – ewanm89 Apr 10 '12 at 10:48
  • @ewanm89 true but if the growth of crops etc is tied to the seasons, one might reason that they would grow faster if seasons were artificially accelerated. – AncientSwordRage Apr 10 '12 at 10:51
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    No, at least not without several hundred years of famine 'till the crops have evolved enough to counter the environmental change. – ewanm89 Apr 10 '12 at 12:34
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    Maybe the seasons change at the speed of plot? IIRC Winter Wrap-up was going on in the background this season, so at least it's fairly regular. – Tacroy Apr 10 '12 at 15:48
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    I think someone just doesn't like MLP questions on scifi & fantasy. – Rob Apr 10 '12 at 23:37
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One of two things is likely. Either seasons are made to progress at roughly the same rate as they do on Earth, or they run at a faster than usual rate. Arguably the latter is more true, given the short amount of time between Winter Wrap-Up (clearing out the snow and most clouds, waking up hibernating animals, managing bird migration, etc.) and the Running of the Leaves (marathon race with the purpose of shaking leaves off of autumn trees).

The above is a bit of conjecture though, since the topic of seasons is really not mentioned much aside from in the episodes Winter Wrap-Up and Fall Weather Friends.

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