Thursday, December 03, 2009

Live Science article gives credibility to Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004); a sudden Ice Age could really happen!

Remember Roland Emmerich’s “earlier” global catastrophe with “The Day After Tomorrow” (20th Century Fox), with the sudden global deep freeze, ironically opening around Memorial Day 2004? Jake Gyallenhaal, as Sam, was pretty much at the end of his youth then, as his scientist dad (Dennis Quaid) tries to reach him in New York. His dad has discovered that the arctic ice cap is starting to fracture and quickly melt, disrupting ocean currents that support the Gulf Stream.

Today Live Science has an article by Charles Q. Choi, “Big Freeze: Earth could plunge into sudden ice age”, link here. It was reproduced this morning on MSNBC.

According to latest research, the ice age of 12000 years ago started when Lake Agassiz melted and overflowed. A similar result could happen if the Greenland ice cap were to melt quickly. An ice age could develop in less than a year, giving humans little time to react.

Some scenarios have an ice stage starting with a polar “super storm” which would probably develop in the late fall.

A movie similar to Emmerich’s is an ABC TV film “Ice” from 1998, directed by Jean de Segonzac, where the whole US, even including southern California, starts to freeze suddenly starting on May 1.

The Live Science article contains a link to “10 top ways to destroy earth”, similar to an ABC-History Channel show of a few years ago, in 2006. (It was called “Last Days on Earth”, with link here.) I like the one about vacuum energy, or a mini-black hole using neutronium (that one sounds a little more plausible to me—my novel manuscript assumes that a “virus” is able to create a mini-black hole and transmit it in a tumor DNA as a disease, with the ultimate possibility that people’s identities combine, Smallville-style). Another neat idea is self-replicating Van Neumann machines. A foreign body really could disturb the orbit of Earth, and either knock it toward the Sun, or as in a Jules Verne novel, away. High school physics teachers could have fun with this article.

Here is a UK video on disaster movie director Roland Emmerich.

Wikipedia attribution link for poster of "Day After Tomorrow" film. I maintain that, in the spirit of the link, inclusion of the photo is "fair use" because this blog post adds to the notion that the premise of the 2004 film is actually somewhat credible scientifically and should be taken seriously by the world's political processes.

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