Scientists use supercomputer to find out when humanity will perish

Researchers have used a supercomputer to predict when not only humanity will come to an end but all mammals currently living on land.

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A team of researchers asked a supercomputer when will humanity completely perish, and the answer they received not only impacts humans but hundreds of other species of mammals.

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The researchers penned a study published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience, where they explain that compiling factors such as solar radiation and landmass configurations, can lead to a prediction of when all landmass mammalian life will be eradicated from the surface of Earth. The team found that in as little as 250 million years Earth's tectonic plates will converge to form Earth's next supercontinent, Pangea Ultima.

The scientists write the creation and decay of Pangea Ultima will produce extreme levels of CO2, particularly from volcanic rifting and outgassing. The intense levels of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere combined with the heat of the Sun will make Earth unable to sustain many forms of landmass life. Within these kinds of conditions, humanity won't be able to grow any food, with the supercomputer finding that temperatures would increase to between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius, which is approximately 104 - 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

"The overall combination of higher CO2 degassing and altered continental weatherability results in a prediction of 621 ppm (range 410-816 ppm) CO2, or a range of approximately 1.5-3 times Pre-industrial," found the study

"Given mammals' continued survival, predicted background levels of 410-816 ppm combined with increased F⨀ will probably lead to a climate tipping point and their mass extinction. The results also highlight how global landmass configuration, and F⨀ play a critical role in planetary habitability," reads the study's abstract

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