Segments in this Video

1 Hour After People (03:35)


Oil refineries and chemical plants all over the world are still functioning. Now a feeder tank has run dry, increasing temperatures and trapping deadly gasoline vapors. The fumes explode and within seconds, the entire refinery is aflame.

3 Days After People (02:27)

A Lacy breed dog runs out of food and water and becomes a hunter.

4 Days After People (02:50)

In Detroit, some of the city's waterworks plant machines still run, filling pipes to capacity. Pressure builds, and the clay soil becomes saturated, pushing water up. Sidewalks and streets buckle. Water flows in the streets.

1 Week After People (02:10)

As oil refineries burn in Texas, the 100,00 longhorn steer begin to run out of food. They will eat anything, and their horns offer some protection from predators, but their survival chances are unknown. Wildlife thrives in unexpected places.

2 Months After People (04:00)

An apocalyptic firestorm still burns along Houston's shipping channel. Steady rains fill the San Antonio River--engineered by man for flood control. See what will happen to San Antonio's river walk when there is no one there to lower the flood gates. In 1921 10' of water flooded these streets and killed 50 people.

3 Months After People (02:07)

Houston's oil refinery fires have finally exhausted their fuel. Enterprising packs of canines have discovered feral hogs in central Texas's scrublands. The Lacy dog seems destined for success.

6 Months After People (02:22)

The nine-banded armadillo has been freed of its biggest threat--speeding cars. Learn how and why these creatures are likely to thrive after people.

25 Years After People (02:34)

See how Detroit's Renaissance Center's steel-frame and glass outer skin will start to wear where the materials meet. Native trees like shagbark hickories and giant oaks have moved into the Atrium, along with feral dogs and wolves.

40 Years After People - Industrial (04:44)

Learn about Detroit's boom and bust. We visit the long abandoned Packard plant, where floors and foundation warp, crack, and decompose. Plants and animals have colonized the area; the plant's roof is turning into a forest due to windblown seeds.

40 Years After People - Residential (03:23)

See how Detroit's harsh climate will lay claim to the city's houses and other residential buildings. In another 75 years, buildings will crumble into unrecognizable heaps. See how a declining population has resulted in abandoned schools, which are already in a significant state of decline.

50 Years After People (03:42)

Detroit crumbles and its cars decay on the streets. In San Antonio, waterlogged foundations leave buildings tilting and silt and sand inundate the area. The Alamo is under attack from the limbs of massive oak trees that were once kept back by humans.

150 Years After People (02:44)

Vertical suspension cables give way on Detroit's Ambassador bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world. The vertical cables lay over one of two horizontal white lines known as catenary cables. Within seconds of the first segment giving way, the rest fall.

150 Years After People (01:06)

One of the upper floors of the central tower of Detroit's Renaissance Center finally loses its grip, and the rest of the central tower collapses, bringing down one of the adjoining buildings as it falls.

200 Years After People (03:24)

On the skeleton of the ambassador bridge, the white horizontal catenary cable that once held up the span is now helping to topple its remains. In San Antonio, the river has swallowed the city. The Alamo is barely standing. Learn why the Texas longhorn survives.

1,000 Years After People (02:21)

Massive oak trees look down on wetlands in Detroit. Learn why the Apollo moon buggies remain in mint condition. (Credits & Previews)

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The Road to Nowhere: Life after People

Part of the Series : Life after People (Season 1)
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.95



This program theorizes about what would happen if people disappeared from Earth and what might occur in Detroit and San Antonio. We look at oil refineries and the Alamo. Longhorn cattle flourish on the plains; dogs may rediscover their hunting instincts; and some animals, including armadillos, may adapt and thrive. Detroit’s Packard plant, abandoned 40 years ago, is also discussed. Part of the series Life After People. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL45434

Copyright date: ©2009

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