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RE: mass extinctions and technology



At 10:57 PM 30/09/2002 -0400, you wrote:
That anyone can imagine that the presence of civilization will not be readily
detectable 65 Myr from now boggles one mind. But this concerns the pyramids,
specifically the question of what will be left of them in 10,000 years. The
answer is what is there now. The damage we see to the great pyramids today is
not due to erosion. Hundreds of years ago the Muslim mayor of Cairo was fed
up with those pagan monuments outside the city and figured they would make a
fine quarry for stones for more mosques and city walls. He had pretty much
finished stripping off the smooth outer clading when he was persuaded by a
lot of appalled people to stop. The cladding remains near the top of one of
the two largest structures, and remains in pretty good shape. It does not
rain enough in the region to cause significant erosion to the solid stone
structures, they will last for hundreds of thousands of years if not longer.

G Paul

Climate can change a lot in 10,000 years without human interference. One average sized glacier and its all over for the pyramids. For example, 18,000 years ago the Wisconsinan ice sheet had spread as far south as northern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and 21,000 years ago almost all of New York State was covered.


Mark