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What would the world be like...
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In the wake of the hurricane in Florida - and the prediction that these kind of extra-violent/strong hurricanes will be the norm in the coming years, due to global warming - I was thinking what the world would be like if we added another really disrupting nuisance to our daily life!?! Imagine that twice a day, on irregular intervals the whole world would suffer a hailstorm, where each hail has the size between a baseball and a basketball.

How would we our societies look like if we had to factor in a hailstorm that would smash pretty much everything we have out in the opening these days? Imagine what kind of wildlife, flora & fauna, that would have to evolve out of that? In a developed society, like we have now, I guess we would have developed some sort of early-warning system, so people might have a few minutes to get into safety, and I guess outside we would have to have built open fortified shelters for pedestrians just about everywhere. And for those that are to far away from an open shelter must have some sort of protection with them, that would be easily deployable. Like always carrying a backpack with a sort of pop-up-tent made out of some strong, light, metal alloy, of some kind. Or in worse case scenario; only having a very strong helmet. Big Grin

Our cars and houses would look pretty different from how they look today, and everything would have to be reinforced in some way. Out of necessity I think we would have invented/developed stronger glass, and metals, that would endure these everyday hailstorms. But the real question is; would mankind have survived and have the means to build societies at the same pace as mankind have done now, without this menace of hailstorms? It's a bit like wondering how life on other planets, with totally different environments and starting positions, would look like

There are loads of other environmental hassles one can dream up; like a tide that always rose and sank 50 meters each day (how would we adopt to that?). Or that we would have an perpetual continental drift? Not a violent continental drift; we must be able to survive it. But strong enough so that it would make the worlds continents look different each year. Being a map-maker would be a lucrative business in a world like that, I guess. Wink
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Globally that might be enough to significantly reduce progress. I mean once a day would severely damage agricultural development.

The one possible upside is it might possibly make deserts more inhabitable?
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(09-13-2017, 04:12 PM)Sciborg_S_Patel Wrote: Globally that might be enough to significantly reduce progress. I mean once a day would severely damage agricultural development.

The one possible upside is it might possibly make deserts more inhabitable?

Yeah, that's true - and it wouldn't be much of any animals either - all smashed to a pulp by basketball-hail. Most forest would look like Tunguska after just one hailstorm. Smile  The twice/day-hail was a bit much. Even once a month would smash all harvest and wildlife to bits.

But I wonder how we would survive if the effects of global warming was sped up a notch or two. Raised sea levels a few meters in just 2-3 years. Goodbye to Holland and most of the small islands in Asia/Pacific, that are already struggling now as it is. Every coastal city around the world would become Venice. I wonder if civilization would come to an halt if this happened worldwide. Almost all commerce that rely on shipments would cease indefinitely. The costs, from moving every coastal city inland a few miles, would make even the riches bankrupt. Our way of life are pretty fragile.
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