Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vegas after people

The History Channel has a series called "Life After People," which is about how the earth would (will?) change when humans cease to exist--say, if we were all wiped out by disease or famine or war. (Cheery topic, eh?)

Several weeks ago they had an episode that was specifically about Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and how they would fare when uninhabited by people. (Sorry about the delay in bringing it to your attention. I taped it when it first aired, but then didn't get around to watching the tape until last night.) The timeline starts with Day 1, then progresses through hundreds of years. E.g., a few days in the power fails and the figures at Madame Trussaud's start to melt.

Interestingly, they estimated that the Vegas casinos would last somewhere between 200 and 300 years with no maintenance before collapsing from deterioration of their structures. In Atlantic City, it would undoubtedly be a lot less than that because of the pounding from the ocean, salt water in the air, etc.

Anyway, you can see more excerpts from the show here. If you missed it, it's worth checking the schedule, as it will inevitably be shown several more times. I found it quite interesting.

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