We all know that oceans cover about 70 percent of the planet’s surface. So what if one day, all of the Earth’s oceans evaporated? What would the planet look like with no high seas? What would happen to all sea creatures and will humanity even survive?
These, of course, are hypothetical questions that can be a reality in the future. The truth is, it might actually be happening now.
What will happen if all the planet's water would evaporate?
In fact, the NASA/German Aerospace Center’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) satellites that measure the amount of water mass loss found the freshwater sources globally are in unprecedented decline.
The world’s oceans are the most important support system for life – they feed the water cycle, and they absorb and distribute solar radiation, reducing the impact of the sun’s harsh rays. Aside from that, oceans circulate warm tropical waters to the south and north poles, distributing heat energy evenly. As a result, oceans sustain life on Earth.
These reasons alone can answer the question, what will happen if there won't be oceans anymore?
With two-thirds of the world’s surface, our water is equivalent to 500 trillion Olympic-size swimming pools. Though we’d still have some water remaining since oceans account for 97 percent of all water on the planet. The 3 percent is held in lakes, underground water, ice caps, and rivers. An estimated 68.7 percent of fresh water is frozen in permanent snow, glaciers, and ice cap – but, those aren’t enough to sustain life and make up for the oceans’ loss.
Sea creatures are the first casualties if the oceans evaporated today. They won’t survive the ordeal. Humans might survive for a while longer if they have access to groundwater and freshwater. However, the sun’s harmful rays may burn everything and many creatures might not survive the heat. There won’t be oceans that can cool the climate and fires can span the countries.
Fires can release large amounts of carbon dioxide, which can be fatal to humans.
Though some plants and trees can survive without water for some time, they will die, too. People may need to move from one place to another in search for water. Massive migrations can be seen to the Southern Hemisphere to have access to the Antarctic ice sheet but it won’t be enough to sustain life for a long time.
How long will it take until the Earth becomes uninhabitable?
The remaining 3 percent of freshwater will evaporate in just a matter of days, leaving people and even animals to die from dehydration.
In about a year, the planet would become a lifeless rock and without the oceans, it might not be able to produce life ever again.
To prevent this, it’s important for all of us to conserve water and take care of our oceans, by addressing water pollution across the planet.
Scientists Destroy HIV-Positive Cells In Major Breakthrough
The new discovery could change the future for HIV-positive patients.
The cure for AIDS might finally be here. A group of scientists has successfully destroyed HIV-positive cells in a major breakthrough.
The researchers at Institut Pasteur in Paris have revealed that they might have a cure for AIDS. According to the scientists, they have successfully destroyed cells infected with the virus. Although the cells are typically treated with antiretroviral drugs, they claim to have found a way to eliminate infected cells.
Scientists may have found a way to combat the HIV virus in the body.
So how does it work? According to the medical journal Cell Metabolism, the scientists' discovery works in conjunction with antiretroviral drugs. Although the medication is able to block the infection, it is unable to remove the virus from the body. The breakthrough found a way to target the virus hiding in cells and completely destroy it....
NASA’s Official Mission Posters Are Awesome And Cringeworthy At The Same Time
Yes, NASA has official movie-style posters for their space missions!
As kids, most of us grew up dreaming of becoming astronauts. In our young eyes, we saw it as the coolest job in the world. Besides, astronauts get to explore outer space alll the time - just like in our favorite sci-fi movies.
Well as it turns out, there's at least one more similarity between astronauts and movies. In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) actually has official posters for their space missions and many of them are direct references to pop culture.
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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads
Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.
The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.
A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.
One of the amber deposits reveals that the ancient frogs had died beside a few tiny insects.
David C. Blackburn, one of the authors of the new study, explains why the ancient frog fossils are special....