Five Ways to End the World

Sure-fire methods to shut it all down

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    An artist's impression of the asteroid impact that hit lower Chesapeake Bay 35 million years ago.

    National Science Foundation
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    An artist's view of a large asteroid hitting the Earth.

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    Barringer Crater, otherwise known as Meteor Crater, in Arizona, formed about 50,000 years ago.

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    An artist's take on the Chicxulub asteroid impact 65 million years ago, which may have killed the dinosaurs.

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    The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, which noticeably cooled the world for the next two years.

    U.S. Geological Survey
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    Lava from the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii flows into the Pacific.

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    A fissure eruption on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii. Similar, but much larger, eruptions may have killed the dinosaurs.

    U.S. Geological Survey
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    The Western Ghats range in India, part of the Deccan Traps created by thousands of years of continuous lava flows 65 million years ago.

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    Nuclear test 'Badger' at the Nevada Test Site, April 18, 1953.

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    The 'Castle Bravo' hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll, March 1, 1954 -- at 15 megatons, the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated by the United States.

    U.S. Air Force
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    An artist's impression of three stages of a star like our sun being devoured by a black hole. The star gets too close, left; is stretched apart, middle; and finally swirls into the hole, right.

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    An artist's view of a supermassive hole at the center of an old, dying galaxy.

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    An artist's impression of planet HD 189733b, which orbits very close to its sun. This is how the Earth will look as the sun is about to gobble it up in about 5 billion years.

    ESA/NASA/C. Carreau
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    An artist's impression of a star boiling the water off a planet, as will happen to the Earth in about 2 billion years as the sun expands.

    ESA/Alfred Vidal-Madjar, CNRS/NASA