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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  • "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.

  • 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.

  • 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"...

  • Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. ...consensus science "is an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had." Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus."

"There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period..." MICHAEL CRICHTON

  • Of the 186 billion tons of CO2 that enter earth's atmosphere each year from all sources, it is estimated that only 6 billion tons are from human activity, 6/186 = .03225 = 3.225%.

    At 368 parts per million, CO2 is a minor constituent of earth's atmosphere, less than 4/100ths of 1% of all gases present, .0368%.

    Compared to former geologic times, earth's current atmosphere is CO2 impoverished. 


    However, human CO2 activity accounts for only 3.225% of the .0368% of C02 in the atmospheric gases or 0.0011868% of the total global atmospheric gases!

  • Until the 1940's, there had been a warming trend in response to a Little Ice Age that had occurred in the 17th century. It coincided with a period when the sun had a greatly reduced radiation activity. This is known as the Maunder Minimum 11 yr cycle.

    Fully 95% of the carbon dioxide, now identified by Greens, i.e., U.S. and worldwide environmentalists, as a form of pollution, is produced by natural sources such as volcanoes, evaporating seawater, decaying organic matter, and from plant and animal respiration and excretions.

    Each year, 157 billion metric tons is released in the atmosphere. Of this amount, barely 457.2 million tons comes from cars and trucks. According to American Enterprise Institute researcher, James Johnson,

                            "Eliminating all U.S. gasoline powered vehicles would reduce
                            worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by 0.18%."

    Simply put, the earth has warmed about 1 deg F in the past 100 yrs & began cooling after 1940s.

  • Harvey Matthew

    Imagine that, a fellow of the conservative think tank defending the status quo. I got some Captain Renault going on up in here.

  • Britain's Channel 4 has produced a devastating documentary titled "The Great Global Warming Swindle." It has apparently not been broadcast by any of the networks in the United States. But, fortunately, it is available on the Internet. http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4340135300469846467

    Distinguished scientists specializing in climate and climate-related fields talk in plain English and present readily understood graphs showing what a crock the current global warming hysteria is.

    These include scientists from MIT and top-tier universities in a number of countries. Some of these are scientists whose names were paraded on some of the global warming publications that are being promoted in the media -- but who state plainly that they neither wrote those publications nor approved them.

    One scientist threatened to sue unless his name was removed

  • A number of interesting things can be seen in the historic temp record data, including the depths of the Little Ice Age in the late 17th century when the Thames regularly froze over, and the Dalton Minimum which was the last time the Thames froze over in the City of London. It last froze over upstream at Oxford in 1963.

    The warm period in the 1930s and 1940s was seen in the shorter US rural data set and the rise to the El Nino in 1998. What is also interesting is the 2.2° temperature rise from 7.8° in 1696 to 10.0° in 1732. This is a 2.2° rise is 36 years. By comparison, the world has seen a 0.6° rise over the 100 years of the 20th century.

    That temp rise in the early 18th century was 4x as large and 3x as fast as the rise in the 20th century. The significance of this is that the world can experience very rapid temperature swings all due to natural causes.

    We are in an interglacial that's lasted 10,000 years. Interglacials are usually much shorter, so the next ice age is over due!

  • A summary of the sequence of events for the last 130,000 years ('real' years);

    -150,000 - cold, dry full glacial world

    • ~130,000 - rapid warming initiates the Eemian interglacial -130,000 - global climates generally warmer & moister than present, but with progressive cooling to temperatures more similar to today -110,000 a strong cooling marks the end of the Eemian interglacial -105,000 - climate warms slightly but still cooler & drier than today; strong fluctuations. -95,000 - another cooler phase -93,000 - a milder phase -75,000 - full glacial world -60,000 - generally cooler & drier than today -25,000 - full glacial world, cold and dry -14,500 - rapid warming & moistening of climates in some areas. Rapid deglaciation begins. -9,000 - climates somewhat warmer & moister than today -4,500 - climates fairly similar to today -700 - Little Ice Age -200 - natural warming -30 - "scientists" predict Ice Age is imminent -15 - political "Global Warming" scam for increased govt control
  • I notice he inconveniently ignores all scientific evidence refuting any runaway CO2 cycle and worse, completely repeals without any scientific evidence the next ice age. The last 35 MYA tells us that the next ice age may actually be just a few hundred to no more than 4,000 years around the corner. We know that in 6,000 years astrophysical realities of the solar orbit will plunge the earth into a severe ice age that could last a few million years/ Sorry Ben, but your science sucks...but then most of the hoax-sellers really are not interested in science, just a political gain. If you were at all interested in a simple mathematic exercise that easily disproves entirely the CO2 hoax, you would contact me and ask, but you won't because you aren't interested in the truth. Frankly, you might not be intelligent enough to understand the simple math.

    But if you really are interested, start with the atomic weights of CO2 and H2O, quantities of each in the atmosphere and convert the known variable of heat forcing energy values for water (1.0) and CO2 (2.01) and measure the ratios that count. You'll discover that in 120 years CO2 content has changed by 100 ppm. In the meantime, the exact same amplification or negation of the HFeV of 120 yrs of CO2 change can be achieved in the atmospheric H2O in a matter of weeks by a modest change of just 240 ppm of water vapor - something extremely common in the entire a. in fact H2O fluctuates by as much as +/- 2,500 PPM in as little as a year or two. So brilliant one, how can CO2 which has a known HFeV of 201% of one PPM of water, be worse than the 221% of HFeV of the 2.45 water molecules that = one CO2 molecule in an exact G/mass to G/mass ratio? Water PPM is almost 100 x as prevalent in the atmosphere. Someone that took an algebra course would have asked, how can CO2 build up be important when H2O literally governs atmospher and subsequently climate. CO2 is a completely negligible affect compared to weekly changes in aggregate H2O in the same atmosphere. Sorry dude, the math proves the CO2 freaks are wrong! Water counts, and CO2 doesn't.

  • 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.

  • Peter Alcivar

    Maybe we don't exist at all. We are all part of someone's taco- and tequila-induced nightmare. Yeah, that's it.