Saturday, January 19, 2008

book notes

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

-- Within 36 hours, the NYC subways would be completely flooded
-- The newer NYC building will disappear pretty quickly, while the older, over-engineered ones will last.
-- Predicts a major earthquake destroying most of Istanbul within 30 years, with cheap construction on a major fault line.
-- Floating plastic is now the major surface feature of the oceans, especially the Pacific, outnumbering plankton 6 to 1.
-- Most of the food chain now ingests plastics constantly and no one knows what happens if and when plastic decomposes.
-- Estimated life for Mount Rushmore -- 7.2 million years
-- During Chernobyl reactor fire, "the Soviet Union seeded clouds headed east so that contaminated rain wouldn't reach Moscow. Instead, it drenched the USSR's rishest breadbasket, 100 miles from Chernobyl at the intersection of Ukraine, Belarus, and western Russia's Novozybkov region."