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Doomday book : the science behind humanity's greatest threats / c Marshall Brain

Brain, Marshall. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 1454939966
  • ISBN: 9781454939962
  • Physical Description: ix, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario CA : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc, 2020.

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How might the world as we know it end? In this illustrated guide, How Stuff Works author Marshall Brain explores myriad doomsday scenarios and the science behind them. What if the unimaginable happens? A nuclear bomb detonates over a major city, for example, or a deadly virus infects millions around the world. There are other disasters we don't even have to imagine because they've already occurred, like violent hurricanes or cataclysmic tsunamis that have caused horrific loss of life and damage. In How Stuff Works, Marshall Brain explained how our world functions; in The Doomsday Book, he explains how everything finally ends--the decimation of nations and cities, of civilization, of humanity, of all life on Earth. Brain takes a deep dive into a wide range of doomsday narratives, including manmade events such as an electromagnetic pulse attack, a deadly pandemic, and nuclear warfare; devastating natural phenomena, such as an eruption from a super-volcano, the collapse of the Gulf Stream, or lethal solar flares; and science-fiction scenarios where robots take over or aliens invade. Each compelling chapter provides a detailed description of the situation, the science behind it, and ways to prevent or prepare for its occurrence. With fun graphics and stunning photographs at every turn, The Doomsday Book will be the last book you'll ever have to read about the last days on Earth. Scenarios include: - Asteroid Strike: a massive asteroid could obliterate life--just as it might have killed the dinosaurs. - Gray Goo: self-replicating nanobots engulf the planet. - Grid Attack: an attack on our power grid shuts down the internet, affecting airports, banks, computers, food delivery, medical devices, and the entire economic system. - Gulf Stream collapse: the shutdown of this important ocean current causes temperatures to plummet. - Ocean acidification: if the oceans' PH levels shift due to a rise in carbon dioxide, all marine life and perhaps all terrestrial life could die.
Subject: Disasters.
Emergency management.

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