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Waters of Death (01:14)


This introduction orients viewers to the upcoming video of what could happen to seaside cities and famous landmarks if people disappeared from Earth.

1 Day After People (02:19)

Man relies on water for many things. Weather satellites orbit 510 miles above Earth. Their solar panels will power them for decades but the data is sent to empty stations making it impossible to notify Dubai or New Orleans of rains.

2 Days After People (02:08)

At the Audubon Aquarium electrical power fuels the pumps that bring oxygen and remove waste. Electricity soon stops and generators kick in...until they run out of fuel. In Seattle, Pike Place Market fills with rodents as decaying fish release trimethylamine.

3 Days After People (02:55)

Oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico continue pumping one and a half million barrels a day. With no consumption, underwater pipes clog up. Head, body, and crab lice die due to lack of human blood. 1 week after people, alligators feast on escaped pets at water holes.

1 Week After People (02:03)

Emergency generators stop running at the Audubon Aquarium. The aquarium's water cleaning system and oxygen pumps shut down. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the aquarium's staff was evacuated.

All Air Breathers Survive (02:00)

The Audubon aquarium's emergency generator shuts down. Circulating pumps stop and fish use all the tank's oxygen. They suffocate or choke on their own waste. Viewers see an exhibit full of dead marine animals with one survivor.

1 Year After People (02:10)

Hot salt air seeps in and mold, bacteria, and yeast eat away linens and the walls of Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel. 9,000 tons of steel begin to corrode. If humans disappeared from Dubai, deterioration would begin within a year.

Water's Brutal Attack (02:05)

1 year after people, the Audbuon aquarium only has one survivor. The white alligator can slow its heart rate to conserve energy, allowing them to live without food for up to a year. Viewers see Hurricane Katrina tear through New Orleans.

Four Years After Hurricane Katrina (04:12)

Viewers tour New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward, a grim example of life after people. Hurricane Katrina destroyed houses beyond repair. An expert takes viewers through one home, explaining the damage.

Vulnerable Homes (02:08)

New Orleans has suffered many hurricanes and tropical storms but drainage pumps always dried things out. Inside apartments, high moisture levels are promote the growth of Stachybotrys (black mold) which decomposes drywall and wood.

20 and 30 Years After People (02:25)

Flea-like crustaceans eat through the Seattle sea wall causing the structure to break. Water pours into the city. 30 years after people, New Orleans is basically a jungle growing around structures. With the levees unattended, the city fills with rain.

50 Years After People (02:31)

The New Orlean levees are now holding the flood in instead of keeping water out. 50 Years after people, a Russian satellite runs into a U.S. satellite without humans to control the space-ways. The Seattle Space Needle is corroding and the glass is cracking.

Water Damage (03:19)

Maintenance of the Space Needle is detailed. Leaves from trees that reclaimed the city fall on the base of the Space Needle holding moisture and causing corrosion. Falcons make nests in the top of the Space Needle. The Burj Al Arab Hotel collapses.

110 Years After People (02:55)

In the Gulf of Mexico, only one oil platform stands after a century of hurricanes. A final wave pushes the rusty structure over into the sea. 110 Years after people, marine animals create habitats in the ruins of man's achievements.

125 Years After People (02:10)

Viewers learn the history of Moscow's St. Basil Cathedral's history. Decades of water damage and cracked drainage pipes are wearing on the building. A final crack sends the domes crashing into each other.

Final Days (02:31)

In New Orleans, the levees are being worn away by the nutria. Barriers fall apart and the failure of the levees ironically reduces the flood waters. 200 years after people, the Space Needle comes crashing down.

300 and 1,000 Years After People (02:20)

In the flooded marshlands of New Orleans, the tallest building finally is taken down by winds and rain. 1,000 years after people, New Orleans buildings are gone but plastic Mardi Gras beads still lie in the mud.

10 Million Years After People (02:51)

New Orleans' above-ground cemeteries are known as cities of the dead and date back to the time of George Washington. After people, geologic forces will pile up sediment, pushing fossilized corpses a mile and a half underground where combined pressure and heat will turn them into oil.

Summary and Credits: Waters of Death: Life after People (01:05)

All of man's achievements lie underwater or in a pile of rubble on the ground while humans turn to oil underground. (Credits)

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Waters of Death: 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 to seaside cities, including Seattle, if people disappeared from Earth. The fate of landmarks, including the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, is explored. The program also examines in detail the buildings in New Orleans that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina and ultimately abandoned. Part of the series Life After People. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL45435

Copyright date: ©2009

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