Do you think Earth will still contain evidence of human existence 100 million years from now?
Yes they found dinosaur bones from millions and millions of years ago.
they found dinosaur bones from millions of years ago
How do we even know the earth will still be inhabitable by then? Or even still in existence? At the rate we're going, the earth will be dead in half that time.
Dinosaur bones still exist...so...yeah. I hope 100 mil years from now we colonize a massive chunk of the universe and we aren't anywhere near extinction.
Theres still evidence of dinosaurs, there will be evidence of human life
Humans are going to take over the galaxy. It isn't even that far fetched of an idea. Were already planning to send people to mars within a decade! (May be delayed but still) scientists have estimated as soon as we have the ability to leave the
Solar system we will conquer the galaxy (barring another super race) in ten million years. That isn't a long time on the cosmic scale. Humans are around to stay and there's no reason earth would be an exception
I like your optimism.
Will they think Michael Jackson landed and did the Moon Walk?
Charleton Heston will walk the beach and scream "You blew it all up!"
"Time fears the Pyramids!"
Guaranteed to with all the plastic in the ocean. They discovered a new type of rock not long ago that is mostly plastic.
I'm sure in time a microbe will evolve that can consume plastic. Why not? It's an abundant food energy source that has no competitors.
Well even so, those microbes likely wouldn't be able to eat the stuff that's already embedded in the fossil record so we're still going to leave behind a trace lol.
They've already discovered two varieties of bacteria that eats plastic and the plastic in the ocean photodegrades relatively quickly. Still, it can last thousands of years, but tens of millions? Unlikely.
Again, these things are becoming part of the geologic record. The bacteria isn't going to destroy most of it while it's encased in and under tons of other rock. Multiple scientific sources agree these things will be part of humanities footprint.
Plastic, aluminum, Chernobyl [radiation that is], radio transmissions [though you'd have to be a LONG ways away to pick those up], tungsten jewellery... Got my money on those outlasting us for sure.
Radiation will be long gone by then..
@goalie31 Really? Huh, I'd thought that the half life of whatever went down at Chernobyl was in the millions of years
There may be traces by then but it will be habitable by humans in 20000 years
Yea plastic is in the thousands maybe tens of thousands of year range. I still agree well be here. But not because of our remains. I think humans will be a driving force in possibly the whole galaxy for a looonnngggg time
@Henry123 Humanity! F*ck yeah! :P Seriously though, if we can only manage to work out our interpersonal issues we're set to conquer the stars!
@goalie31 That's kinda sad in a way... Fossils are only inadvertently preserved through things that happen on a geological scale. Sad nothing we'll do is guaranteed to last 10M years. Here's hoping we leave a lasting legacy for the years to come!
We found the dinosaurs remains didn't we
If the heartless androids know where to look. Of course they probably won't care.
The Simpsons will confuse them.
Good. It will be our legacy.
Yes. Because we have those capsules stored with memorabilia of past inventions locked beneath somewhere where archeologists in the future can find.
In the words of George Carlin ... PLASTIC!!!!
In 100 million years even our dust will be gone and I won't even care.
They will find fully constructed dinosaur skeletons in large buildings and conclude they were the bosses.
Human existence has only been around for 20k years tops. In the 1950s we had around 2.5b people on earth 2014 we have about 8b. Within 60 years these numbers have more than tripled. The Hell makes you think we've been here for even 100k years. Math..
This doesn't seem to refer to the question, but population growth hasn't necessarily always been the same. When we were still nomadic tribes in Africa, the population was probably stable, as much as sustainable. We know how old fossils are.
We can determine the age of fossils and homo sapiens has been around for about 120,000 years. The math of exponential population growth is irrelevant since it wasn't always exponential and won't always be.
20k? That's waayy to short. Population is also estimated to stabilize between 12-20 billion (not the range I can't remember the number buts it's between those two) also 200,000 years for homosapiens. Over a million for other species of human
All the radio waves we've sent out to space will effectively be around forever.
Isn't that like half the shelf life of nuclear waste?
No it's closer to thousands of years
Not a chance in hell this earth will be here in 100 million years.
Are you sure you don't confuse Earth with humanity? I'm certain the planet will be there, but not mankind.
Earth will be swallowed up by the sun as it transitions into a red giant. I think the time frame is more like 5 billion years though.
It won't. According to latest knowledge, the mass loss of the sun will be sufficient to push Earth into a higher orbit, it will not be swallowed. Just scorched.
That's not actually better. Lol
No... The earth is going to be swallowed
It'll be a fun time for everyone tho. 5 billion years from now
Unless we vaporize the entire planet in nuclear war, I see no reason why not...
I don't know who put that myth into circulation but the energy necessary to destroy Earth itself is millions of times more than all our nukes. We probably couldn't even exterminate ALL surface life.
The Death Star could do it: www.universetoday.com/92746/could-a-death-star-really-destroy-a-planet/
Recall that a megaton is 4*10^15 joule: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNT_equivalent.
We may have 1,000 megatons, thats 10^18, an order of 14 below what it takes to vaporize earth. That's ten trillion.
To make a long story short: we are puny and overestimate ourselves all the time.
Also, I suppose I didn't take graves into account. Graves, assuming the ground can manage to not shift too much, would likely preserve human remains for that time period. Skeletons have been preserved by lesser means in similar time frames..
We'll all depends on Gods plan
Are you serious? It's apathy like that which leads is to destroy the planet...pollute don't pollute..gods plan will save us. What a bunch of horse shit.
Yeah kissy I agree, what an idiot this guy is. Obviously nothing blew up and all that nothing created everything.
That naive statement still makes more sense than a magical supernatural being. It's hard for science to get all the details on something that happened 14 billion years ago but at least they are trying and not chalking it up to a magical fairy.
Yesterday, I saw a piece of fossilized poop that was millions of years old. I'm pretty sure that there currently are enough people on the planet that 100 millions years from now, there'll be a piece or two of coprolite laying around. ;)
And if it happens to be an exceptionally large piece of coprolite, there's a decent chance it'd belong to YukonCornelius!... ☺️
There is still evidence of dinosaurs.
Styrofoam takes longer than that to decay
Styrofoam is about one million years
Yes, Earth will be mankind's most treasured relics as we colonize every nook and cranny of the habitable universe
ofc. we find fossils that old quite frequently.
Oddly enough, they still have soft tissue with blood vessels and cells on them.
Nothing more than a couple of fossils
At the very least they will be able to tell we changed the atmosphere and population of species. we converted half of north Americas temperate forests to farmland... That's something that will show up.
I don't think it'll be even another 25,000 years.
I'm a pessimist.
It's more accurate to say I don't think mankind will be around that long.
As for evidence of human beings...sure, but then philosophically speaking, what evidence can there be if there isn't an entity examining it, right?
it's a bit akin to the age-old question regarding if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Extrapolate that to whichever entity would have to examine evidence of human beings. That's what I meant.
Aliens? Futuristic human descendants from another planet?
Hmmm... "pessimist", or realist?
I hope that the rapture will have happened by then.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
I'm just wondering how much our national debt will be by then.
By then I doubt we will have one, because I doubt the countries that exist now won't then, if any country does at all.
So if we never have to pay it back then maybe we have no debt.
That's a relief!
Or not paying the debt is what made the nation disappear.
Yes, debt is a major threat to a business, family or nation. If you can't pay your bills you can't fight wars, solve crimes, educate your kids, heal the sick or feed the hungry.
Our? I didn't contribute to it. Tell the people responsible for the budget to do their job properly.
Did you go to public school? Then you contributed to it by using their money
Or use the roads. Or expect to be protected by the armed services. Or a shit ton of things. Don't be thick. It's as much my debt as it is yours. It's the american citizens' debt.
I've been to private school my entire life thanks to some great people and I've worked and payed taxes.
This is the debt that our children's children will have to pay even though they haven't even been born yet. It's not our debt any more than it is theirs. It's the government's debt. We're just stuck having to pay it. End of story.
I don't plan on having kids so no worries.
Let's get somebody else to pay our obligations.
That's not an original liberal concept.
I never said we wouldn't have to pay it. I'm saying we're stuck with it along with future generations. I didn't create this debt any more than they did yet I'm stuck with it as well. And I'm nowhere near being a liberal.
TB: I was responding to Brandon.
I mostly agree with you. The debt comes from irresponsible government & bloated bureaucracy. Takers feeding takers!
You & I have already paid more than our fair share.
Never said get somebody else to pay the debt. The ones contributing to the debt should. I'm not one of these people. I don't decide the budget.
No you don't decide the budget directly but we elected them and we are the beneficiary.
Not having kids pushes our debt to other's kids.
A couple of ice ages will wipe out much of our traces of existence.
How unfortunate: LONG before this planet could make it 100million years, man-made global warming will've reached such lethal and irreversible extremes, Earth would self-incinerate and we'd make complete ashes of ourselves.
Lol, wow. You don't actually believe that liberal fairy tale, do you?
Oh my!!! I so wish there was a dislike option!
Ah folks: Tongue firmly planted in cheek! This was my attempt at bein' goofy but I reckon it was an epic fail, particularly for dear truenuff...
-I'ma work in progress, truenuff!- :)
Here, lemme pour us a cup o' my famous java!:
G'Mornin', everyone!... :D
Our Trash maybe - just like that movie Wall-E!
yeah, but nothing we would want to be remembered by
Humans have done a lot! Stop being so negative :P. You and your ancestors are smart and the top of this planet's species!
actually I see our( progress) in a downward slide, hopefully the things they find will be from our ancient ancestors, the Myans, Egyptians, Ming dynasty, that's when things where quality and built yo last, none if this good til the next upgrade come
comes out crap that we have in our modern era.
That's an erroneous belief based on the fact that, by necessity, the only artifacts we have of those cultures are the things that were built to last. They had plenty of junk, too.
sorry you think that way guys, maybe you enjoy replacing things every few months, I do not
Yes. We have evidence of what was here 100 million years ago.
Almost certainly. We have found primitive fossils billions of years old, and advanced fossils hundreds of millions of years old. No reason to think some of us, our trails, or our trash won't last that long.
Billions of year old fossils?
Nvm, no idea what I was thinking. I was for some reason thinking you said/meant trillions lol.
More or less. Stromatolites aren't really fossils but similar evidence for bioligical activity 3.5 b years old.
All our nuclear waste
If the planet is still intact
Archaeological dig of Hiroshima/Chernobyl!
Hopefully those will be the only two.
Aliens would find the waste deposits. The uranium wouldn't be enriched anymore but U235 has a half life of 4.5 billion years and would be there in concentrations that aren't natural.
Yes. We're the loudest. However a collision like we had with Thea would inevitably destroy it. After all, everyone and everything here is just star dust from other planets/rocks.
If we can see evidence of dinosaurs now, I'm pretty sure they'll see evidence of Twinkies in the future.
I read that as 100 years at first and was like, damn there are a lot of pessimistic people.
Definitely. Our landfills alone will preserve our garbage, buried deep, which will likely get deeper then someday re-emerge to the surface through erosion. We've created all sorts of permanent memoirs of us.
Depends what it is :P in a few hundred years it will likely change into a different substance.
I don't think earth will be here at that point
Where will it be?
The earth is 4.5 billion years old and is roughly halfway through its lifespan. 100 million years is a drop in the bucket.
I guess it could be hit by something really big and end up an asteroid belt.
We may disagree how old it is but that is irrelevant. I don't believe the earth will be able to sustain for a significant amount of time more what is being done to it. Which means earths time will be ended.
There's nothing irrelevant or mysterious about the fact that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old
That is not the debate we are having.
Who is debating? I just want to know where you think the planet will be at that point?
I think it will be gone. Sadly, but gone.
Right, I got that.
But it will be gone because....
It'll just be gone. What's so hard to understand about that? Like, poof! Nothing there anymore.
It's, uh, based on string theory.
God will eventually have it destroyed.
Oh ok, makes sense
Such a kind, compassionate God
He is a loving God. This is a temporary home, I would like it to last longer but we aren't doing it much justice.
Depends if the sun has exploded yet or not.
Expected in 5 billion years, however, due to mass loss of the sun, the Earth will move in a higher orbit and survive the red giant phase. The nova won't be very violent. Atmosphere and all water gone, but stone probably won't melt.
Barring outside unforeseeable cataclysm, the Sun is not anticipated to explode. Rather, in 4 billion years or so, it will expand past Earth orbit, then contract into a dwarf. Its mass is to low to nova / supernova.
Explode was probably a poor choice of word but yea I was trying to say it might depend if earth got taken out by the sun yet, I figured 100 million years wasn't enough time yet but wasn't certain.
Some sort of sign of our nuclear activities if they keep up. Also, sewers/aqueducts seem to weather time pretty well. Some of them might still be around if we aren't.
Yes because then the earth will be a glorified celestial planet with resurrected humans living on it.
Yes, they are called undead or zombies.