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GoForSmoke


Imagine in 1000 years when archeologists try to understand how our civilization worked. The designs for the chips will be long gone, the encryption keys for DVDs lost, the data will have disintegrated anyway, we will become the "unknown" civilization. At least when you look at ancient history their writing is on jars or stone tablets.


They'll know us by the concentrated toxic waste sites, worldwide general pollution layer, and the end of many species fossils. It will be as thin as the K-T layer, or less.

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Imagine in 1000 years when archeologists try to understand how our civilization worked. The designs for the chips will be long gone, the encryption keys for DVDs lost, the data will have disintegrated anyway, we will become the "unknown" civilization. At least when you look at ancient history their writing is on jars or stone tablets.


They'll know us by the concentrated toxic waste sites, worldwide general pollution layer, and the end of many species fossils. It will be as thin as the K-T layer, or less.




I'd like to think they would know us for having invented the H-bomb but then not destroying ourselves with it.  But then maybe I'm not as much a pessimist as you may be?  ;)

Lefty

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Lefty, talk to geologists. 1 ice age and what they call time and everything gets flattened. The post-mortem of rock layers millions of years old is never terribly flattering. Just from the last 7500 years or so the record points to us as the source of the latest great species die-off.

That's not pessimism. It is honest realism based on the evidence. Call it pessimism, you might as well believe in animals that dress up in clothes and act like humans too. Or take the view that until Europeans came to America the people here all got along in total harmony with each other and nature and there was no tooth decay until sugar was introduced and the 100's of other BS stories I've heard dropped since cowboy movies became passe.

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JoeN

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Mar 26, 2013, 03:18 pm Last Edit: Mar 26, 2013, 03:23 pm by JoeN Reason: 1

Imagine in 1000 years when archaeologists try to understand how our civilization worked. The designs for the chips will be long gone, the encryption keys for DVDs lost, the data will have disintegrated anyway, we will become the "unknown" civilization. At least when you look at ancient history their writing is on jars or stone tablets.


Except for that Mount Rushmore thing, all the huge and obvious less artistic things we have done to the earth to improve it for human use (flattening land for roads, digging canals, port dredgings, etc.) and all the weird equipment on the moon which will still be around.

As for the ice age issue, ice ages are very bad but the ice cap doesn't cover the entire globe.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Glacial_Maximum

Anyway, Algore says we are past that now because of our fossil fuel farts.
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GoForSmoke

You know that geologic ages ago the Appalachians were big mountains? The Rushmore faces won't last forever unless it gets buried deep. Aren't they already showing signs of erosion? Notice how fossils are found in sedimentary rock? Buried, protected, impressions filled by minerals.

Of course NONE of that is true if you're a Creationist. In which case you can't really think and refuse to be honest about what you do see and have.

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JoeN


You know that geologic ages ago the Appalachians were big mountains? The Rushmore faces won't last forever unless it gets buried deep. Aren't they already showing signs of erosion? Notice how fossils are found in sedimentary rock? Buried, protected, impressions filled by minerals.

Of course NONE of that is true if you're a Creationist. In which case you can't really think and refuse to be honest about what you do see and have.




Given enough time everything goes away, that is for sure, but I think Rushmore is going to survive 1000 years unless someone decides to deface them (there have been recent incidents of similar things happening, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan).  The pyramids have survived so far and don't seem to be going anywhere despite, as you say, some small amounts of erosion.  It's going to take a lot to erode those away..
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GoForSmoke

You're right Joe. But I'm thinking 500,000 years minimum and more like 10+ million.
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