NO MORE HU­MANS ANY MORE…

A post-apoc­a­lyp­tic time­line

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Science -

2 DAYS

With­out ac­tive main­te­nance and pump­ing, New York City’s sub­ways flood with wa­ter and be­come im­pass­able.

7 DAYS

Fuel runs out at the emer­gency gen­er­a­tors that pump coolant into nu­clear power plants. Ap­prox­i­mately 450 re­ac­tors around the world be­gin to melt down.

1 YEAR

Hu­man head and body lice go ex­tinct, while cock­roaches in cities at tem­per­ate lat­i­tudes freeze to death. Do­mes­tic and farm an­i­mals per­ish in enor­mous num­bers.

3 YEARS

Pipes burst in colder re­gions, flood­ing cities with wa­ter. Build­ings lose struc­tural in­tegrity as they ex­pand and con­tract with tem­per­a­ture changes.

20 YEARS

The Panama Canal closes, re­join­ing North and South Amer­ica. Many crops dis­ap­pear, out­com­peted by wild va­ri­eties.

300 YEARS

Most of the world’s bridges fall. Dams silt up and over­flow, wash­ing away en­tire cities. Sub­urbs be­come forests as en­dan­gered species re­bound.

100,000 YEARS

CO2 in the at­mos­phere re­turns to prein­dus­trial lev­els. Mi­crobes evolve to biode­grade plas­tic. Plu­to­nium bombs made dur­ing the age of hu­mans be­come safe to han­dle.

10,000,000 YEARS

Bronze sculp­tures are still recog­nis­able, as are the faces on Mount Rush­more. Life still thrives on Earth, but in new forms.

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