Taking into account all contingencies, and applying a broad range of scientific theories plus adding known facts I would say when it is finished.
Long after everything on it is dead.
4,573,969,522 years: I am more optimistic than digitalia.
As long as it's here and spinning around, I think.
as long as the doomsday.. :P
The Earth will exist until the sun turns into a Red Giant. Basically shedding its material and then shrinking into a white dwarf (planet sized star) the sun will completely incinerate the Earth and all the other planets, so in about 5 billion years or so. Respect from, the quantum physicist. ;)
Earth will exist for either:
a) until our sun expands into a red giant consuming the inner planets but not quite reaching Earth, still close enough to reduce our planet to a cinder block which will continue in orbit of our sun (now a white dwarf star) until it gets smashed up by an impact or other means. This is in approx 4.5 to 6 billion years from now as Digitalia said above.
b) As a planet capable of supporting life as we know it probably another 10 to 30 million years. Geological records have shown that this is a median cycle for major climatic shifts from almost total Ice age conditions to tropical forests at the poles.
c) As a species whether we like it or not we are still evolving and changing, adapting to change either from outside influences or forced upon ourselves by our use of technology. Given that we have gone from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens in around 1.5 million years I'd expect that in another 1.5 million years a species of human will be mooching around that will be just as dissimilar to us as we are to H.Erectus - Philosophically speaking perhaps another "End of the Earth" as far as we are concerned.
Hey, my pleasure :)
depends on what you mean by "our"? how long can we exist on this planet? Lots of variables, including our abilities to adapt/evolve. We could destroy our habitat with nuclear fall out at any moment. I think the dooms day clock is pretty close to doomsday on that point. We could be struck by a meteor, we could have volcanic eruptions or be over radiated by a solar wind. But that's for our demise. As for the earth's existence, it will we around for how ever long it takes to become destroyed by a universal event. I get such a tickle out of those who say we are destroying the earth.. No we are destroying man's existence on earth.. but perhaps that's what is supposed to happen so that we might be the next fuel source for the next inhabitants?
And contrary to popular belief. Something I exactly believe is what we are perhaps supposed to be doing in the larger scheme of things, so as to lay a foundation for the next go round of life here.
Until the zombie apocalypse ends.
still i live
you exist you know
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