Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth

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    Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.

    You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.

    Fools.

    The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily.

    Mission statement

    By any means necessary, to render the Earth into a form in which it may no longer be considered a planet. Such forms include, but are most definitely not limited to: two or more planets; any number of smaller asteroids; a quantum singularity; a dust cloud.

    To make the list, a method must actually work. That is, according to current scientific understanding, it must be possible for the Earth to actually be destroyed by this method, however improbable or impractical it may be.

    Methods are ranked in order of feasibility, with the least likely listed first and the most likely being No. 10.

    Current Earth-destruction Status

    Number of times the Earth has been destroyed: 0
    Number of plans currently in progress with the final aim of bringing about the Earth's destruction: 0
    Number of scientific experiments currently underway with the potential to bring about the Earth's destruction: 0
    Minimum amount of time until the Earth is destroyed by natural means (discounting total existence failure): 25 years
    Minimum amount of time until the Earth is destroyed by artificial means: 50 years

    What this guide is not
    This is not a guide for those whose aim is merely to wipe out humanity. I can in no way guarantee the complete extinction of the human race via any of these methods, real or imaginary. Humanity is wily and resourceful, and many of the methods outlined inside will take many years to even become available, let alone implement, by which time mankind may well have spread to other planets; indeed, other star systems.

    If total human genocide is your ultimate goal, you are reading the wrong document. There are far more efficient ways of doing this, many which are available and feasible right now. Nor is this a guide for those wanting to annihilate everything from single-celled life upwards, render Earth uninhabitable or simply conquer it. These are trivial goals in comparison.

    This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore.

    http://www.livescience.com/technology/destroy_earth_mp.html
     
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    Do one better

    A: find the resonant frequency of the earth

    B:create device that can emit a sound of that frequency long enough and loud enough to have an effect.

    C: Watch with glee as the machine tears the world apart like a singer with a wine glass.
     
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    This site has some footage of resonant frequency at work. The footage is of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which was made out of solid concrete and asphalt.

    http://www.physics2000.com/Movies/Car.mov

    The Bridge eventually fell, there were no casualties
     
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    The cause is actually harmonics and they are incredibly powerful ratios in the case of the bridge....height to length.
    Your scenarios re/destruction of the earth seem to be limited to the physical destruction which will of course happen as the sun becomes an expanding red giant and burns our little home here to a cinder.....that is inevitable. But we will surely not survive to even worry about that process......destruction of life on earth is a real possibility, at least the mammals and birds, insects and bacteria and a few other lifeforms will probably last for along time to come.
     
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    Yes harmonics hitting the resonant frequency of the bridge. Resonant frequency is a part of harmonics.
     
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    The earth itself probably wont be destroyed until the aformentioned Red Giant state of the sun in about a couple hundred billion years. Humans IMO will be long gone by then. Most dominant creatures dont last very long on this planet regardless of their living habits. The Earth just finds a way to rid itself of a species and moves onto a new one. Global warming etc doesnt mean a damn thing. When the earth wants to get rid of us, it will.
     
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    Destroying the earth itself may be difficult but usually in movies where they have some mad man threatening to destroy the earth they mean to destroy civilization as we know it. Don't think for a second that civilization couldn't be destroyed. The united states has enough Nukes to blast every continent on this planet back to the stone age if not actually make human life extinct. This could easily transpire in a matter of hours.
     
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    Nah .... just leave the lefties in charge.
     

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