Now it's been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew
Now man's reign is through
But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
— Zager and Evans, "In the Year 2525"
As any high school student knows, the surface of the earth is composed
of plates that have a tendency to move through time. Thus there has
been a substantial change in the landforms of the earth since the earth
was young. This process continues today — you can feel it in every land-
based or oceanic earthquake.
Personally, I would give our planet 100 more years until complete
environmental collapse. And homo sapiens I would give maybe
another one hundred years after that. (I know, I'm such an optimist.)
But whatever happens, the Earth will go on. With or without us.
Early Pre-Cambrian, ~ 650 million years B.P.
The first life on Earth would shortly follow.
Early Carboniferous, ~ 350 million years B.P.
Early Jurassic, ~ 195 million years B.P.
There were dinosaurs in Canada at this point.
Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), ~ 18,000 years B.P.
In Europe, this time was represented by a culture
called the Solutrean.
Future Earth, ~ 50 million years A.P.
Notice that the Mediterranean Sea no
"In my beginning is my end."
Future Earth, ~ 250 million years A.P.[/I]
(Source: The Paleomap Project)