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Old 01-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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This is about two "what if's" namely;

[1] What if there was no carboniferous period, 320 million years ago.

[2] What if there was no oil producing period, there is no specific date for this, as I understand it billions of years ago countless billions of tiny crustaceans lived & died in the oceans around the world, their life period was very short, but they ate, bred & died in their billions, one of the components of those tiny bodies was on oily substance & as they died this substance sank to the sea bed & over those billions of years formed vast quantities of crude oil which has sustained the production of refined oil & petrol in many countries to this day & beyond.

So here are the questions;

If there was no carboniferous period, ie; no trees growing & dying, with no humans yet to make use of the timber, there would be none to eventually lay down thick seams of coal, no coal seams, no trains, [& no wood-burning trains] no coal fired electricity production = no electric heat, light etc

If there was no oil, as surmised earlier, a similar situation develops, only much much more important, no petrol, no cars, no diesel, no heavy transport & no airplanes, [aircraft fuel is a derivitive of petroleum as you know]

Of course oil can be made by growing rape, sunflowers etc but nowhere near enough to power everything that depends on crude oil, even if every land surface in the world was covered by these crops & we have to remember that there'd be no oil to power the heavy machinery needed to gather & transport the crops & so on, without oil to process these crops, the whole thing would come to a dead end, & the crops would be wasted.

I know I've painted a very gloomy picture, but as the title says, "what if?", any ideas guys??
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I know a lot of people do not necessarily share my beliefs but I find it hard to believe that everything in this world we live in (and beyond) was merely a gigantic coincidence...
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no plastics

most important we probably wouldnt have much variations of metal since coal was a primary fuel for getting enough heat to develope and melt metals

we'd probably still be in the prenethanadrol (spelling sucks, i know) stage
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What if the world was flat/?
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then there would be no gravity and we would just float off
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siick

what if there was no such thing as a murder
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it would be legal to kill anyone for any reason
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TES Oblivion would be a lot less fun.
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it would be legal to kill anyone for any reason
and thats why were all still alive
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Sensible answers please, I thought it wouldn't be long, this thread is supposed to raise at least a spark of interest, I know it's a rhetorical subject, but the title gives a huge clue as to it's purpose, so come on guys if you have nothing sensible to say please don't bother to post, OK?
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