A movie was made recently which informed its viewers that life on Earth would end in 2012. Everything we have ever known would deteriorate in front of our eyes and life would start all over again from the very beginning. While this movie blames it on global warming, let us list some other ways that life on our planet can end.
1. Giant Meteor
If a giant meteor was to fall through the sky and onto the Earth, life as we know it would end pretty quickly. It would result in the formation of a massive dust cloud and the rubble that would be created would prevent the sun rays from entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The vegetation would die within a short period of time and a brand new ice age would begin.
2. Global Epidemic
There is a new strain of flu that is discovered every year. If not chicken flu, it’s bird flu and if not that, it’s swine flu- it’s never ending. It is not difficult to predict that a strain may be discovered in the near future that may kill the human race altogether because a vaccine for it would not have been created yet.
3. Super Volcano
Super volcanoes calderas like the Yellowstone National Park are potentially very dangerous. This super volcano erupts after 600,000 years and according to statistics, it erupted last 640,000 years back. Therefore, it goes without saying that the next eruption is long overdue.
4. Human Error
Humans are far from perfect and they make mistakes quite often. They also have urges to do bend and break rules and do what they are told not to. Let us take the example of military or nuclear weapons of mass destruction. These weapons either have codes or buttons that instruct humans not to press them. One mistake and a long chain of disasters will be unleashed onto the world and life on Earth would end.
5. Earth’s Magnetic Field
The Earth’s Magnetic field protects the Earth from harmful solar winds. However, this shield will soon deteriorate completely. According to research, this magnetic field reverses after every 250,000 years and the last time it reversed was 780,000 years ago. Therefore, this too is overdue. Naturally, without this shield, life on Earth would end quite rapidly.
6. Global Warming
This theory has been explored umpteen times by now. The ozone layer which protects the Earth’s surface from harmful UV rays of the Sun is getting damaged due to extreme human activity. This has resulted in climatic changes which will ultimately melt the glaciers completely and allow Mother Nature to end life on Earth.
7. Solar Flares
Scientists say that the sun has developed sun spots and is releasing solar flares that are very dangerous in the long run. The particles that are consequently discharged hit the Earth very often and the intensity is increasing as we speak. These scientists also say that the Sun will, in the near future, release a large solar flare which will burn each and every human within a few seconds.
This theory may seem amusing to some but aliens could always enter our planet from Mars or Venus and end life on Earth.
Just like an expansion led to the formation of the universe, a reversal of the same activity could end life on it as well or a black hole could swallow our surroundings and create a vacuum.
10. Cosmic Shock Wave
There are new galaxies and stars which explode and become a part of the solar system. The theory here is that the energy that is released will eventually accumulate and create a shock wave, ending life on Earth.