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The Bodies Left BehindLife After People Episode   Review by Pattye Grippo

Ever wonder what the world would be like after every single person on the planet was gone? This new series is about what happens to the world we leave behind. In this first episode, they look at the various ways man attempted to achieve immortality - embalming, mummification, cryogenic freezing - and whether this allowed them to outlast the manmade structures and items humanity crated or whether it was a false hope.

On the first day after there were no people, power plants would start shutting down and most things would stop operating. Since many of the bodies that were embalmed and entombed in Egypt are now housed in museums that are climate controlled, this lack of power when there are no people would cause problem with those mummies, even though the mummies are thousands of years old already. Mold and bacteria would begin to attack and decay them. Later insects would begin to work on them and turn them into dust.

After the first month with no people, bodies that had been kept cryogenically frozen would still be in a state of deep freeze. Because they are kept at -320F degrees by liquid nitrogen, which does not need electricity to stay that cold. But, over time the liquid nitrogen slowly boils away. When there were humans, it was replenished regularly, but without humans it cannot be refilled. This allows the bodies to begin to warm and once they reach -184F degrees chemical reactions start and decomposition begins. In addition to the people being kept cryogenically frozen, approximately 400,000 human embryos are being kept frozen in clinics just the U.S. Once the liquid nitrogen runs out, they would no longer be frozen.

Three months after the disappearance of people, many pieces of the pieces of preserved art that were kept in precisely controlled environments would begin to deteriorate. Despite this, the lack of people help the art somewhat, as the throng of people who visit them would no longer be a problem. Six months after people ceased to exist, nature would begin to attack some of the structures and bodies left behind while preserving others. Nine months after would bring about more extreme consequences, including the destruction of some of man's greatest relics.

Five years after man was gone, weeds have overgrown buildings and sidewalks - beginning to obliterate all traces of man. Twenty years later, nature has reverted many structures and areas back to the state they were in before man claimed and altered them. 35 years after people find building crumbling and falling down, while at fifty years nearly all manmade things no longer resemble their original state. After 100 years with no people, weather and stress have taken their toll on even the most lasting structures. After 300 years, the Statue Of Liberty would begin to fail from corrosion and begin to fall apart. Finally after 10,000 years without man, nearly all traces of humanity are being under sand and vegetation. Only fragments of the once dominant culture would even remain.

Each segment of the series depicts these events in great detail through the use of computer illustrations and animations and allows us to glimpse what the world would become without us. It is an interesting and thought-provoking idea that everyone should watch!

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