The Road To Disaster

Copyright 2008 Andy Delbrdige


What is just around the corner? Are we due for a globe altering catastrophic event? Many scientists would answer this question in the affirmative. Catastrophic events have been occurring since at least the Big Bang billions of years ago. In the last 5 billion years, since the birth of our home planet, events such as meteorites, volcanoes, earthquakes have been occurring on a frequent basis. A popular theory states that due to a Mars-sized meteorite hitting Earth 4.5 billion years, a part of the our planet was shoved out into space creating the moon. We are familiar with the accepted theory of the Yucatan meteorite of 65 million years ago that swept 70% of all species on the Earth into oblivion.

As far as man is concerned, these events are not all bad news for humans. Erasing dinosaurs helped pave the way for man to dominate the Earth and shape our surroundings to benefit us, therefore creating an environment that results in having few predators.

Environment-changing meteorites have continually been crashing into the surface of our planet. We know of just a few of these, comparatively. The meteor crater of 50,000 years ago in Arizona, the meteor that helped to create our biggest natural tributary, the Chesapeake Bay, and the aforementioned Yucatan meteorite are but a few examples. Our planet’s ability to bounce back and rid the evidence of these invaders through erosion have made it a science to uncover them. Unlike the moon, which has no weather as we know it to cover up craters left by these collisions, the Earth, through the millennia, have healed these would-be scars on the surface. But their effects upon this planet have been immeasurable, as far as life is concerned.

Humans have benefited as a result of these otherwise negative occurances. No one knows for sure, but it is possible we are all aliens of this planet--our primitive-life ancestrial forms perhaps arriving here through a natural vehicle colliding onto this planet. It could be that the ancestors of single-celled amoebas arrived via a meteorite.

Point being, all so-called catastrophes not only exterminate some life forms, but lead to other life forms, and the creation of an eventual oasis, a habitat whose sudden change benefits others, perhaps partly due to extermination, or cleansing, of former species, partly due to environmental changes.

But, as far as we, the human race, is concerned now and today, just like lightning hitting our home, we do not want to see anything disrupting our environment on our bigger home, the Earth. To think like this, we are selfish. For, as far as we know, all previous major catastrophes not only made the home we have now, but provided an oasis for us to thrive. In so doing, these events terminated other life forms. By chance, making way for us. This cycle, not doubt, still continues.

There is no reason to believe these catastrophic events have stopped just because we are flourishing. In fact, humans have existed for just a blink of an eye compared to Earth’s lengthy history. The meteorites hitting Jupiter in recent years are evidence of that. These events occurring on Earth have not ended. It is a matter of time.


As members of the human species, our days are numbered. Our days have been numbered since our origin. Just as a newborn baby’s days are numbered, due to certain eventual death, our days have been numbered since the origin of our species. Nature has a way of cleansing itself. One day, perhaps next week, perhaps in a million years, a new species, or a present one, will take its turn to flourish.

How or what the next event is, and to what degree this next event changes life on this planet we can only speculate. It could cause humans to be extinct. It could pave the way for the next species, whatever that is or will be, to flourish. Rest assured, the cochroaches will still habitate the Earth.

It has been determined that on average, every 25,800 years, the Earth experiences what called a polar shift. This is when the North Pole ends up being the South Pole, and vice versa. It has been shown that Alaska was at one time a tropical climate, the South Pacific, a frozen arctic tundra. The only question is how long this shift takes. Some say within hours, some say the Earth flips over over the course of years—no one knows for sure. Most believe that a large majority of the human species will not survive. The pressures from the Earth will create catastrophic earthquakes and tidal waves. Volcanoes, perhaps even super volcanoes will erupt, creating a blanket of smoke in our atmosphere for decades.

Many say the next polar shift will occur on December 21, 2012---the termination date of the Mayan calendar. On this date, it is known that the Earth will line up directly between the center of the Milky Way galaxy and the sun. Will these gravitational forces create the polar shift? Will Earth’s magnetic field flip-flop? Stay tuned. The apocalypse may be in our lifetime (well, perhaps at the end of our collective lifetime).

So, the next event most likely will not benefit us, but an up-and-coming species, or one yet to originate, may just depend on the next catastrophic event.


Do you think our scientists will discover an asteroid before it levels an area the size of a city? Sure they will, perhaps two months prior earthquakes and tsunamis taking place all over this globe.