Oh for a gamma ray burst!

December 10th, 2011by trappedlost

I currently believe that the best thing that can happen to our planet is to be struck by a gamma ray burst. I’m not an astrophysicist, but I presume that most of the atmosphere would be boiled off into space, and that over half of the planet’s surface would be fried. Thus most people would be cooked, and the rest would suffocate. I daresay a few lucky individuals and groups would get into bunkers in time, but these people could never repopulate the planet; rather, they would merely eek out a claustrophobic and rodent-like existence for as long as their oxygen and tinned supplies could last.

(Remark. It would not be as though the human race never existed, because innumerable artifacts and records would survive, so alien visitors in the future could piece together our story and add us to the galactic database.)

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