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Old 26th May 2008, 21:36
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Life After People?

Anybody else watch this Channel 4 documentary? absolutely fascinating but as one has said elsewhere, rather sobering, tiz a question posed on prune by oneself a few years ago.
On my part the question arose when it was decided to let a bowling green in the me park revert to nature,said green had been mowed rolled and lovingly tended for a hundred years or so,but how quickly rough nature reclaimed it,almost cruel it were.
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Old 26th May 2008, 21:41
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Fascinating stuff. I come away armed with the certain knowledge that if every other cove & heel were to disappear, I should leg it for the Hoover dam - I'd still have elektrickery & it'd be about the last thing to fall on my head.

Flying kittys eh?
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Old 26th May 2008, 21:47
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Interesting topic, good CGI, but found the tone just a bit patronising. Just a bit.
Bloke talking about metal structures decaying over time - "This is a process called corrosion".

And there was quite a bit of repetition, now I think about it.

Maybe I'm just in a stroppy mood tonight?
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Old 26th May 2008, 21:58
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but found the tone just a bit patronising
Yes, but think about the wide audience this program is open to

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Old 26th May 2008, 23:05
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I thought quite a large amount of it was quite over-sensationalised.
I've been into many places that have been left vacant for way over five years (mainly engaging in photography) and pathways and roads, whilst overgrown, are still easily visible.
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Old 26th May 2008, 23:24
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One of the few stories I remember from my parentally enforced sunday school days, before I dropped out of religion forever, aged about 14:

Chap is tending his pristine garden when the new vicar walks by.

"Good morning", said the vicar, "What a lovely garden you have".

"Thankyou" said the man, "I did it all by myself".

"Don't you mean with the help of the good Lord?" said the vicar.

"Well, maybe" said the man, "But you should have seen the bloody awful state it was in when he had it all to himself!"
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Old 27th May 2008, 05:14
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I watched part of it on Discovery-a load of Gaia worshipping BS....I actually got so angry I turned off the TV.
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Old 27th May 2008, 06:04
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Just out of interest for those who didn't see the documentary, how long did they say it would take the earth to reclaim the man made structures?

Can't imagine it would be a short time, the pyramids were built 5000ish years ago and they are still around!
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Old 27th May 2008, 07:23
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Longest lasting man-made objects on earth will be brass ornaments etc, buried underground. Eventually even they will be subducted my a tectonic plate. Maybe about 5 million years.

Objects on the moon will last a few million years longer before damage from micro-meteorites will wear them away.

Longest lasting will be the Voyagers in the interstellar void. It will be a long, long time till they make landfall again...
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Old 27th May 2008, 07:31
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The program was quite good the effects were well done,but it assumed that everthing would more or less stay as it is now, no mention of weather changes or earthquakes volcanoes etc, to go forward that far surely there would be some catastrophic changes to the earth.
With reference to the pyramids I just think the desert would reclaim them in a much shorter time than was suggested.
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Old 27th May 2008, 17:10
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Any news on whether it's going to be repeated on More 4 or E4?
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Old 27th May 2008, 17:28
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http://www.channel4.com/video/brandl...e-after-people

if you can watch it online then it is available here for another seven days.
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Yeah, thanks - the wretched Channel Four "watch again" site only supports PCs, not Macs.
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Old 27th May 2008, 20:06
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Didn't mention anything about climate change...

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Old 27th May 2008, 21:44
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A bit repetitive and no causal reason postulated as to why humans perished yet animals survived. If a 'nuclear winter' or some similar catastrophe were to occur, then either the animal kingdom would also be destroyed, or pockets of human existence might persist (though I'm not certain that 'man' could adapt to a primeval way of life after all these years of evolution).
Worth watching if you've nothing better to do . . .
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Old 27th May 2008, 21:50
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I once read that if all the birds were to disappear, we would follow in fairly short order since the resultant explosion in insect population would soon destroy all food sources.
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Old 27th May 2008, 22:12
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I can certainly imagine that a proliferation of insects could have disastrous effects on humans, but wouldn't it also affect animals too?
If something happened such that birds could no longer fly (not outwith the bounds of probability - though I cannot remember exactly how . . . ) then the insect population might explode.
Australia seems to have more flies than Britain . . .
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Old 27th May 2008, 22:24
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Most critters are tied together in a chain,effect one you effect the whole chain,saying that I imagine the one species who's disappearance would effect the natural world least would be ours.
Lets face it who would miss us? dogs? moggies? they would just revert.
One can imagine mother nature looking down on a earth devoid of humanity and saying "Thank **** for that"
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Old 28th May 2008, 09:08
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I agree with Tony, humans are the scurge of the planet all take and no give. The earth would be a wonderful green and lush planet without us.
Too many of us on the earth already anyway.
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Old 28th May 2008, 12:08
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Certainly, G-CPTN. I imagine it would affect animals marginally before humans, since humans rely on animals as a source of food, and animals mostly rely on vegetation which would have disappeared.
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