How to destroy the Earth

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    Jun 20, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Just in case you ever wanted to know... It's an interesting and entertaining read: http://qntm.org/destroy

    Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.

    You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.

    Fools.

    The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy.


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    Jun 20, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    The earth is very difficult to destroy.
    The inhabitants, well, no so difficult. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Destroying our own habitat is much easier.
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    Jun 20, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    You would probably have to blow it up from the inside somehow to truly destroy it. Or wait for our sun to become a supernova, but thats not going to happen for like a billion more years or something. I guess a third option would destruction by a black holeicon_sad.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    naivenewbie saidYou would probably have to blow it up from the inside somehow to truly destroy it. Or wait for our sun to become a supernova, but thats not going to happen for like a billion more years or something. I guess a third option would destruction by a black holeicon_sad.gif
    The closest black hole is at the center of this galaxy, and we're still relatively "close" to the outer edge. I don't think it's gonna eat us anytime soon.

    But then again, the theory of the black hole is still just a theory. There's still no concrete evidence that they even exist - at least not that I'm aware of.

    PS. If you really wanna destroy the earth, knock the moon out of orbit and let it crash into the earth. The earth will heal itself, but it will also be knocked out of orbit from the impact and go plummeting through the solar system, and possibly into the sun.
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    Jun 21, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    I think you could do it with a spaceship and an elephant icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 21, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe earth is very difficult to destroy.
    The inhabitants, well, no so difficult. icon_wink.gif


    which is what i often wonder about..i wonder if any alien beings..if they knew our planet was on the verge of being struck by an asteroid..which would result in the destruction of a promising race....who is not far from reaching a certain respected technological level..would they intervene to help?
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    Jun 21, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThe earth is very difficult to destroy.
    The inhabitants, well, no so difficult. icon_wink.gif


    which is what i often wonder about..i wonder if any alien beings..if they knew our planet was on the verge of being struck by an asteroid..which would result in the destruction of a promising race....who is not far from reaching a certain respected technological level..would they intervene to help?
    Nope. The human race has a history of trying to conquer new lands all the time. They'd let us get smashed, then take our planet away when it's inhabitable again.