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Life after People: Introduction (01:20)


This introduction orients viewers to the upcoming video of what will happen to the Earth and preserved human bodies after people disappear.

Who or What Will Survive? (02:46)

One day after people, museums with controlled temperatures to store mummies shut down. One month after people, bodies remain frozen with liquid nitrogen at cryogenic facilities but begin to warm up without people to replenish the liquid nitrogen.

Cryogenically Frozen; Immortality Drive (02:14)

Once the frozen bodies reach -184 degrees Fahrenheit, the decaying process begins. The human embryos, eggs, and sperm samples quickly decay as their supplies of liquid nitrogen run out. The Immortality Drive, contained at the International Space Station contains digitized human DNA .

3 and 6 Months After People (03:58)

Michael Angelo's artwork in the Sistine Chapel is kept in a computer controlled environment. Without electricity, the system shuts down. The paintings are safe for now. Antarctica huts used in the early 1900s remain in tact due to the 3 below zero temperatures.

9 Months After People (02:32)

The world's oldest commission war ship, the USS Constitution, sits afloat in Boston. Its wood starts leaking as the pumps to drain the water are no longer active. Winter waves wash over the deck -- forcing the ship further under water.

3 and 5 Years after People (02:33)

Without recalibration from stations on Earth, the ISS loses 2 miles of altitude each month. It reenters the atmosphere where air, friction, and gravity cause the ISS to burn with the digitized DNA. 5 years after people, plants attack Boston's Old North Church.

20 and 25 Years after People (02:41)

Houston's Great Domed Sports Stadium sits in 125 degree weather and has become a bat cave filled with weeds, muck, and "guano." 25 years after people, mold and insects have turned museum mummies into skeletons.

35 Years after People (02:15)

In Moscow, the corpse of Lenin is said to have been given repeated baths in formaldehyde, ethanol, and methanol. With no one to tend to it, the body decomposes. The wooden steeple of Boston's Old North Church tumbles due to storms.

Hashima Island (02:34)

We tour this once thriving coal mining town. Left to the elements, degredation is "startling." When the coal business shut down in favor of petroleum, 5,000 workers and their families moved to the mainland. 35 years later, only decayed buildings remain.

35 Years of Natural Destruction (02:17)

Viewers tour Hashima Island and learn how 35 years of wind and rain can destroy buildings and turn playgrounds and tricycles to rusty, corroded scraps of metal. Concrete, reinforced buildings are damaged due to salt water, wind, and rain.

Battleship Island (02:53)

Hashima's concrete buildings earned the island's nickname "Battleship Island." A man who lived on Hashima as a boy visits his old apartment. The wood is completely destroyed and the passageways connecting the buildings are falling apart.

50 Years after People (02:09)

The words of mankind live through domesticated parrots who now live in the wild.

75 Years after People (02:21)

Boston's Bunker Hill Bridge is made of concrete and steel. Weather has cracked the protective plastic coating on the cables exposing them to bird droppings, containing high levels of ammonia and salt. This, mixed with rain, corrodes the cables and the bridge collapses.

100 and 150 Years after People (02:42)

In New York, the Statue of Liberty's skeleton begins failing as the steel wraps that hold the copper to the frame pull away. In Houston, the Astrodome comes crashing down after a century of neglect. New England's John Hancock tower falls due to corroding steel columns.

200 Years after People (02:00)

Parrots continue to use human speech passed down by their ancestors. Houston's tallest building has its windows blown by hurricanes and the insides are corroded from rain. The corroded frame gives way and the building collapses.

300 and 500 Years after People (02:32)

In New York, galvanic corrosion causes Lady Liberty's torch bearing arm to fall into the ocean along with other parts leaving imprints in the mud at the bottom. In the Sistine Chapel, Michael Angelo's painting made with Lapis lazuli is fading as high humidity breaks apart the structure of this color.

10,000 Years after People (02:13)

Five centuries after people,The Sistine Chapel's walls are weakened and the vault of the roof pushes the walls apart causing it to collapse. Almost all traces of human life are buried under vegetation and sand.

100 million Years after People (00:56)

Man tried to make his mark on the world but those marks have been erased. In the end, what survives are the simple mineral compounds man was made of (human bones).

Credits: The Bodies Left Behind: Life after People (00:23)

Credits: The Bodies Left Behind: Life after People

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The Bodies Left Behind: Life after People

Part of the Series : Life after People (Season 1)
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This program theorizes about what would happen if people disappeared from Earth and how this would play out in Boston and Houston. The fate of embalmed, mummified, and cryogenically frozen bodies is discussed. We also see what happens to the Statue of Liberty and the Sistine Chapel. Finally, we look at the Japanese island of Hashima, which was abandoned by people 35 years ago. Part of the series Life After People. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL45426

Copyright date: ©2009

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