The World Without Us



Alan Weisman [wikipedia] theorizes what would happen to the planet if humans suddenly dissapeared.

Hover over each time period to see what happens.

Link - via Militant Platypus

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ok...as far as Houston and the river delta thing:
The region's geology developed from river deposits formed from the erosion of the Rocky Mountains. (straight from wiki ya'll)

rivers in or around Houston:
Trinity
San Jacinto
Brazos
San Bernard
Colorado (see above)
Tres Palacios
Navidad
Lavaca

this was very interesting and news to me, a native Houstonian. Thanks!
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Is a melt down when they spew lots of radiation everywhere?

If so I really find it difficult to believe that these plants would do that without constant human intervention.

But then again, I'm not a scientist or a nuclear engineer so what do I know...
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Houston is not built on a river delta. There are hardly even any rivers there. Plus it's like an hour away from the coast. That would have to be one large river.
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Unfortunately the book itself isn't as interesting as this diagram. The stuff about forests reestablishing themselves, animals reclaiming territory and petrochemical plants burning away is dealt with pretty quickly, and the book starts the standard hardcore "humans are shit" eco-preaching. Yawn.
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