What if oxygen disappeared from Earth for five seconds?

2023-10-20 2023-10-20T08:15:18Z
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Weather of Arabia - Earth, this world that brings us all together, and our home that provides shelter for billions of living creatures that live, feed, and die here. We wake up every day and breathe in the fresh air and oxygen that fills our lungs as the sun rises and we begin our day.

But wait, what if there was no oxygen on Earth? What will happen to our world? Will life continue as it is now? What will happen to our atmosphere? And infrastructure? What will happen to us? Will we remain as we are now?

First, we must clarify that the chances of oxygen disappearing from the planet are zero. Scientifically, this is not possible, but now we will talk about everything that seems impossible

Oxygen represents 21% of the gases in the atmosphere, and there are other gases in the atmosphere such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and some other gases.

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The importance of oxygen to Earth and humans

Now let's talk about our Earth. The number of elements that make up the entire Earth's crust is 91, and the most abundant of these elements is oxygen, as oxygen represents about 46.6% of the weight of the Earth's crust, and the remaining percentage, which is 53.4% of the Earth's crust, consists of 90 other elements.

As for the presence of oxygen in the human body, 96% of the human body consists of only 4 elements, which are carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, in addition to oxygen, which constitutes 65% of the human body, which is one of the 8.7 million known species of living organisms on this Earth. .

What if oxygen disappeared for 5 seconds?

We've covered some of the basic information we needed to know; Now let's move on to what would happen if all that oxygen disappeared for just 5 seconds. It may seem simple, "What disaster will happen in 5 seconds?" , where we can refrain from breathing for much longer than 5 seconds. But this issue is not as simple as it seems.

The effect of the disappearance of oxygen on fire

First, with the disappearance of oxygen, any fire burning anywhere in the world would be immediately extinguished. And if you think you can start the fire again after 5 seconds. Yes, it is possible, but the 5 seconds in which there will be no oxygen will cause all machines and engines that operate with fire to stop.

Suddenly stopping the engines of cars and motorcycles will lead to a large number of accidents, and planes flying in the sky will lose control.

At this time, only electric machines and motors will operate.

What if oxygen disappeared from Earth for five seconds? Arab weather

The blue sky will turn into a black sky

The blue sky will suddenly turn black because the blue color of the sky is due to the presence of ozone in the upper layer of the atmosphere, which is composed of oxygen. As a result, harmful sunlight will reach the Earth and cause destruction.

The effect of the disappearance of oxygen on the eardrum

The eardrums in our ears will suddenly rupture due to the rapid change in atmospheric pressure because there will be a sudden shift in the oxygen ratio of 21% atmospheric pressure which the eardrum cannot handle.

We can take as an example the incident that occurred with the Titan submarine, which was 1,600 feet deep in the ocean. Suddenly, the submarine's internal pressure dropped, causing the submarine to collapse under the water pressure. The same fate awaits our eardrum membranes if oxygen is removed from the atmosphere, even if only for 5 seconds.

What if oxygen disappeared from Earth for five seconds?

The disappearance of oxygen will cause brain damage

The disappearance of oxygen from our atmosphere will result in a lack of proper oxygen supply to our brains, resulting in loss of consciousness, and people will be vulnerable to panic attacks.

We can understand this point from the incident that occurred in 1996 when 33 climbers were trapped on Mount Everest during a severe storm. Due to the extreme altitude and low oxygen levels, many of them suffered from hypoxia, a condition in which a person loses consciousness. 8 people died in this tragedy.

These are all small losses that someone might somehow be able to survive. But how can we save ourselves from this inevitable harm?

About 46.6% of the Earth's crust is made up of oxygen. If this oxygen suddenly disappeared from the Earth's crust, in the first place, all the skyscrapers that we have built fairly high would suddenly collapse because they contain the highest percentage of oxygen among the elements used in their construction. Without oxygen, all these structures would collapse like dry sand.

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Water also contains two-thirds oxygen, without which hydrogen becomes a free gas and expands, destroying all living cells and vaporizing the oceans.

The most important losses, which we cannot even imagine, are the cracking and disintegration of the ground under our feet. This is because 46.6% of the Earth's crust consists of oxygen, as we talked about, and starting from that moment we will begin to fall towards the Earth's core.

If this air were to disappear, we can't even imagine where we would go

Let's preserve and protect Planet Earth, appreciating the richness of resources it provides, including the air we breathe. This is a call to action to preserve the environment, maintain sustainability and a sustainable lifestyle. Remember that every small effort to preserve our planet matters.


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This article was written originally in Arabic and is translated using a 3rd party automated service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors whatsoever.
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