The end of the world is a scary concept, right? We tend to equate the possibility of the end of the human race with the end of the world in general, but the truth is that when humanity dies out, Earth will keep on chugging along without us.
It’s fun (and kind of freaky) to imagine what would happen to the planet if humans suddenly disappeared. Thanks to good ol’ science and a little help from the folks over at Mind Warehouse, we can now envision what would happen to Mother Earth if she ever had to go on without us.
Within the first few hours of humanity’s disappearance, most of the lights on Earth would turn off due to global power plant failure. Hydroelectric power, however, would still run without the help of humans.
By day 10, our beloved pets and farm animals would die off (mostly from starvation), while large packs of dogs would form and begin hunting other animals.
After one month of being human-free, Earth’s nuclear power plants would all start to melt down. Picture Chernobyl-level disasters happening all over the world. Not cool.
Within the year, all of the satellites above Earth would fall out of orbit.
Vegetation would reclaim most of our major cities. Others would be buried beneath the desert sands.
By the year 300 A.H. (after humanity), our metal buildings, bridges, and towers would succumb to erosion.
About 10,000 years later, all that’d be left of us would be massive structures made of stone, like Mount Rushmore, the Great Pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.
Well, that is honestly a terrifying prospect. Even though it might be inevitable, let’s just hope that this kind of doomsday scenario doesn’t happen anytime soon.