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The End is Nigh!!
on 28 August 2003
Well not quite, but in this very readable and eye opening little book, Bill McGuire (dubbed ‘Disaster Man’ by the media), gives an scientific insight into the natural catastrophes that are lying in wait, ready to be unleashed upon the human race. His guide takes us through the various Armageddon type scenarios that may signal ‘adios’ to the human race; Super Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Asteroid Impacts, Global Warming and the reoccurrence of an Ice Age!
It is slightly alarming when we consider that the last volcanic super-eruption plunged the planet into a bitter volcanic winter some 73,500 years ago. While little more than 100,000 years ago gigantic waves caused by a collapsing Hawaiian volcano mercilessly pounded the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. However, most worryingly of all 65 million years ago a 10 kilometre wide asteroid crashed into the sea off the coast of Mexico, signalling the end for the mighty dinosaurs who had ruled the planet far longer than the human race!
The events that McGuire is examining have always been part of the earth’s history and will continue to be. He does well in conveying the message that it is simply a matter of time until one of these events will signal the end of the world as we know it today! McGuire examines the background to such events and considers the likelihood of any reoccurrence in the near future. ‘A Guide to the End of the World’ provides an intriguing read from start to finish, and left me with a healthy respect for the destructive potential of the earth and its surrounding space.