During these fascinating years, human beings have utilized and destroyed parts of our planet for their benefits. We have invented different types of things to improve our quality of life, but we have only recently started worrying about what our actions mean for our home – the Earth. How would the abandoned earth look like?
What if we, as human beings, become wiped out or maybe we drained the resources which we use to survive and just upped and left? What would our planet look like without the human species?
Well, the scientist thinks that one of the first things which will occur after our disappearance would be very destructive. Humankind has built 437 nuclear power plants worldwide, and if we left, the generations which circulate cold water all over the reactors are going to lose power. This will lead to overheating and core meltdown, causing hundreds of dangerous areas.
Radioactive fuel will pollute the air, rivers, and oceans close to the reactors for many years. However, in some other areas of the world, Mother Nature will start recovering, and trees and plants will grow freely. Also, some animals would thrive. The general livestock is going to struggle without the help of human beings, and most are probably going to become prey. Some other wilder animals will become free to wander the abandoned streets of our cities and towns, and even the domesticated ones are going to have to rediscover their wild ways.
The abandoned earth
The steel monuments such as the Eiffel Tower would start rusting, and the roads would probably be rubble and overgrown with weeds. A lot of buildings would start falling apart, and walls would groan and creak. Roof tiles would also lift, and joints between walls and roofs will separate. Books, photographs, as well as electronic data, would start fading away, in that way leaving just a small piece of evidence which would show that we ever existed. Nature would take back its land.
Some more hard-wearing structures would probably survive over many years, and perhaps some of the ancient structures would outlast the modern buildings, and they will seem like they were the last civilization which existed on the planet.
However, even after thousands and thousands of human free years, you are always going to have the ability to find many objects which you left behind in your legacies, from airplane frames to plastic shopping bags and even some buildings.
The new “human.”
Perhaps, after millions of years, even some new species of animal is going to become dominant and evolved into a Homo sapiens like creature. Scientists believe that almost any vertebrate land animal could probably develop intelligence, provided that it finds the right environmental challenges which favor strategic thinking.
Admittedly, this is not going to occur overnight, but it is still a possibility which with the needed amount of time could make an animal to evolve a complex brain like ours. This is going to make millions of years without the presence of human beings to occur, but if we can still find some traces of the dinosaurs from 65 million years ago, apparently parts of the human species and race still wait to be discovered.
We think that we would never really know what would happen for sure unless we left and monitored the planet Earth. However, when we are looking around in our everyday life, and we see how we have changed and shaped the earth, we would not have to wonder if Mother Nature could ever wipe the evidence of humankind away completely.
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