Earth's escaping atmosphere could WIPE OUT life and transform our planet into a hostile Mars-like world

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Post  ALLAKAKA on Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:19 pm


  • Every minute, 400lbs of hydrogen and 7lbs of helium escapes our atmosphere
  • This process, known as atmospheric escape, is driven by heat from the sun
  • An expert has said the process will slowly turn our planet into a Mars-like world
  • This process is likely to happen over a few billion years, she said  

By Abigail Beall For Mailonline
Published: 13:37, 21 December 2016 | Updated: 13:39, 21 December 2016


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Post  nicko on Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:40 pm

I'm not worried Al.
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Post  ALLAKAKA on Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:00 pm

@nicko wrote:I'm not worried Al.




Not even the meek will inherit the earth.  ROFL
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Post  Flix on Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:43 pm

One way or another we'll be long gone before that happens.

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Post  fatbob5 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:55 am

A few billion years and the sun will start to expand anyway

http://www.universetoday.com/12648/will-earth-survive-when-the-sun-becomes-a-red-giant/
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Post  Lord Edmund Moletrousers on Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:32 pm

I will go out later today and stock up on candles, bottled water, Mars Bars and a few oxygen cylinders......
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Post  Flix on Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:24 pm

i can't find anything about this but from what I read on here there is a fixed or reasonably fixed amount of atmosphere and thats it?  and this regular leaking will remove all the atmosphere in millions of years time?  So its no atmosphere or a red giant or a large asteroid - well it doesn't have to be that large really or perhaps a black hole the, the range for earth's destruction seems limitless.

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Post  nicko on Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:42 pm

Tree's give out oxygen don't they?    So stop cutting them down and plant more.
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Post  Flix on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:38 pm

Yes we need more trees. The Amazon forest is being lost at an alarming rate, it can go from rain forest to cattle ranch in 10 days. We need to, far from inviting immigration and upping the developed countries numbers, even though the powers that be keep telling us we'll have shortage of workers and the old people are going to cause so many problems even though I see people in their eighties still hale and hearty and working and how can we have a shortage of workers when we have little in the way of manufacturing and what we have is generally automated and becoming more so by the day soon hardly anyone will have a job or will have to job share and eat on alternate days. Less people more resources to let everyone have a decent life style, less damage to the environment and the other species we share this lump of rock with.

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Post  wyatt1 on Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:41 pm

@Flix wrote:Yes we need more trees. The Amazon forest is being lost at an alarming rate, it can go from rain forest to cattle ranch in 10 days. We need to, far from inviting immigration and upping the developed countries numbers, even though the powers that be keep telling us we'll have shortage of workers and the old people are going to cause so many problems even though I see people in their eighties still hale and hearty and working and how can we have a shortage of workers when we have little in the way of manufacturing and what we have is generally automated and becoming more so by the day soon hardly anyone will have a job or will have to job share and eat on alternate days. Less people more resources to let everyone have a decent life style, less damage to the environment and the other species we share this lump of rock with.
Absolutely agree.  +
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Post  Flix on Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:02 pm

We should take a lesson from the animal kingdom, which many people are convinced we aren't part of, when resources are few there's either a die off, or most animals won't breed that season, its a pity humans can produce so easily, bit of a design flaw there, once every five years would be ample or maybe seven like the Vulcans.

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Post  Flap Zappa on Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:34 pm

it's been escaping since we first got an atmosphere. Without our magnetic field the solar wind would have stripped it away far quicker.
there is a finite amount of helium on the planet, I am pretty sure we cannot manufacture it. When it's gone it's gone for good. The kids party business will be finished.

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Post  fatbob5 on Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:21 am

@Flap Zappa wrote:it's been escaping since we first got an atmosphere. Without our magnetic field the solar wind would have stripped it away far quicker.
there is a finite amount of helium on the planet, I am pretty sure we cannot manufacture it. When it's gone it's gone for good. The kids party business will be finished.
Helium has more important uses , it is a coolant in MRI scanners for example

http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/element/2/helium
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Post  Flap Zappa on Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:00 pm

@fatbob5 wrote:
@Flap Zappa wrote:it's been escaping since we first got an atmosphere. Without our magnetic field the solar wind would have stripped it away far quicker.
there is a finite amount of helium on the planet, I am pretty sure we cannot manufacture it. When it's gone it's gone for good. The kids party business will be finished.
Helium has more important uses , it is a coolant in MRI scanners for example

http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/element/2/helium
yes and we are wasting a limited resource on kids balloons

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