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

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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  • Rick Hammons

    What if there truly is no past. Maybe God created the illusion of earth existing for 1000's of years. Maybe earth only existed for a few 100 years. How far back can you physically trace your ancestors? Maybe the earth and all will have the light switch shut off. Like the light as it passes through a black hole. The way man kind is headed and the way we are caring for the earth God may just flip the switch. We all will have the switch of life turned off. When is yours turning off? Lets take care of what we got and if there if a future we hope our children will think the same way and take care of this Earth.

  • Rick Hammons

    Earth existing for 1,000's of years is all just put here by God and Earth truly is only hundreds of years old?

  • Laura J. Lisby

    we are not helping things .the earth has 7 major glaciation periods , 5 major extinction events a s well.its dangerous world out there,equip yourself accordingly .

  • Jay Cintron

    one life to live and one Earth and this is how we choose to use it.. It's a shame.

  • Jay Cintron

    Well this is certain there will no longer be people criticizing one another, Hate will be gone.

  • Highridge Baxter

    You must be that ugly lady that heads up the EPA. or VERY possibly al bore.

  • William J. Flosi Sr.

    Really.....misquoted article. 6 billion and 20 quintillion years are zillions of years apart. How can we relate. We know the sun will burn out in that time, but we have no idea what will occur after that.....and who really cares!

  • Deny this;

    If science can't be absolutely conclusive, what allows YOU to “believe” in climate change’s inevitability? YOU believe yet science has NEVER said; "eventual" or "unavoidable" like they love to say comet hits are. Former believers know it was a meaningless consensus of "maybe" for 31 years of studying effects not causes of an assumed to be real crisis.

    And get up to date? *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because the politicians on all sides are promising to make the weather better and colder by taxing the air we breathe with bankster-funded and corporate run CARBON TRADING STOCK MARKETS ruled by trustworthy politicians.