Long after humans have kicked the bucket, this is how the planet may look.

The Earth's "far future" contains some good news, but mostly a lot of bad news.

On the one hand, there's a concurrence of Gregorian and Islamic calendars (18,860 years), raising the possibility that warring cultures may finally get on the same page. And the Chernobyl nuclear plant becomes completely safe (20,000 years).

On the other, all today's buildings have crumbled away (1,000 years). The Earth's axial tilt has switched sides (13,000 years) producing hotter summers and colder winters.

Basically, it's not looking good, and it only gets worse. Men die off completely after 5 million years (because of a weakening of the 'Y' chromosome).

2014-01-13

Co.Exist

How The World Will Look In 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 Years Time

All of our hand-wringing over climate change will seem pretty silly after an asteroid strike, supervolcano eruption, and disappearance of the male species.

Want to know how the planet might look in 100 quintillion years time? (That's 100,000,000,000,000,000,000, with 20 zeros, in case you've forgotten). Take a look at this infographic, which was created for the BBC by IIB Studio. It shows how things may finally turn out long after humans have kicked the bucket.

The Earth's "far future" contains some good news, but mostly a lot of bad news. On the one hand, there's a concurrence of Gregorian and Islamic calendars (18,860 years), raising the possibility that warring cultures may finally get on the same page. And the Chernobyl nuclear plant becomes completely safe (20,000 years). On the other, all today's buildings have crumbled away (1,000 years). The Earth's axial tilt has switched sides (13,000 years) producing hotter summers and colder winters. Niagara Falls has disappeared (50,000 years), because Lake Erie is gone. And, there's been a super-volcano eruption, or half-mile wide asteroid strike (500,000 years).

Basically, it's not looking good, and it only gets worse. Men die off completely after 5 million years (because of a weakening of the 'Y' chromosome). Then, the Mediterranean Sea disappears as well (50 million years). After a billion years, the whole human race vanishes, irradiated by a Sun 10% hotter than today's. It's one trial after another.

The BBC's chart follows another from a year ago predicting just the next 150 years. That was pretty dystopian too (though at least we still had the Med to swim around in). Looking darkly into the future does serve a purpose, though. It makes you realize things now aren't that bad after all.

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  • David Adam

    Let me get this straight. A group that hates capitalism comes up with a weather scheme whose only cure is the elimination of capitalism. And their scientists are paid trillions of dollars. Nothing unusual that raises any curiosity nor does it require looking into just a smidge.

  • David Adam

    The prediction will come true if liberals take over. They are describing Detroit City! The hole worlds would be Detroit in less than 50 years if liberal ever gain control!

  • David Adam

    Wow, this article proves why liberals are the dumbest species on the planet. They don't even know they(and all their phony science) are almost extinct. Big clue for you libs. If libs ever succeed with their socialist wet dreams will you (ms reading this lib)be in the top 1/10 of 1% who live like American middle class?

  • loneranger1701

    No, men will not die off. Functionality is gradually being transferred from the 'Y' chromosome to the 'X' chromosome. This will not result in the dying-off of men. The SRY gene (the gene that initiates the changes in an embryo that cause development into a male) is normally carried on the 'Y' chromosome, but it can be transferred to the 'X'. In some mammal species, this has already occurred. So, in a few million years, the genetics of sex determination will be a bit different.

    That's all.

    (The genetics of sex determination already vary quite a lot in the animal kingdom, and it isn't even the case that all mammals share the XX/XY sex-determination scheme that primates do, much less other vertebrates.)

    Forgive me for saying so, but this is the sort of nonsense that happens when non-scientists write about science matters.

    -- Michael

  • chasmpictures

    "Men die off completely after 5 million years (because of a weakening of the 'Y' chromosome). After a billion years, the whole human race vanishes."

    So how exactly does the human race carry on 995 million years after men die off?

  • I am so depressed now. It being Monday wasn't bad enough, but now that I know my Y chromosome is going to stop working and the Universe is going to stop to exist, why should i go on.. Why Lord, why have you forsaken us.

  • Mohinder P. Sood

    Let us appeal to our brethren here and now that even the human life is not so short lived. We need to make the best of today. Who has seen billion years It is all guess work. Let us stop killing each other. The other day Pope decided to announce that the Big Bang theory is after all correct and so is the evolution. One of these days we find out that there is no God the way we know it today. If the theory of evolution is correct God plays no part. Let clearly understand that there are no virgins waiting in heaven. In fact there is no heaven. Guys wake up and love your neighbor.

  • "The Earth's axial tilt has switched sides (13,000 years) producing hotter summers and colder winters". This article is so wrong on so many levels. In 2 billion years the sun will have grown to the point of boiling off the oceans and extinguishing all surface life. In 5 billion years the expanding sun will engulf and vaporize earth, so after that, all earth time is moot. In 100 quintillion years, the galaxies will have flown apart by incalculable miles and dissolved, leaving only particles which will continue to dissolve for another 100 quintillion or more years.

  • Richard Oesterling

    Tom, I concur, you are correct. Consider a number too large to be comprehended. Worry about today, worry about tomorrow for our children and our children's children. It is our duty to carry on and the sole reason we are all here, it is the meaning of life to carry on the greatest species ever created.

  • kjm_sd

    This article is pure garbage on so many levels it's hard to decide where to start. Suffice it to say, if earth survives the Milky Way/Andromeda collision 4 billion years from now - not very likely - it will not survive the sun's red giant phase one billion years later. Anything speculated beyond 5 billion years is shear garbage.

  • kjm_sd

    This article is pure garbage on so many levels it's hard to decide where to start. Suffice it to say, if earth survives the Milky Way/Andromeda collision 4 billion years from now - not very likely - it will not survive the sun's red giant phase one billion years later. Anything speculated beyond 5 billion years is shear garbage.

  • Art Faucett

    STFU to your double post to boot. You can't even post correctly. You're garbage...

  • garyhockey1

    I'm having some trouble considering any of these science-based predictions to be of any value (even if only entertainment) when the byline of the article mentions "the male species" - I guess that would be as distinct from "the female species"...