A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 133, Sunday
May 13th, 2018
Chapter Seven: The Other Side
Volcanic eruptions of this magnitude were the prime movers of planetary evolution. Even the oceans were not immune from the fallout. All the organic matter on the surface of Earth perished, becoming just another layer of clay. An event like this was a crucible, even more so in the present time, than it had been in the past.
What was taking place in this iteration of the evolutionary cycle was something brand new. The biological evolution would take place as it had hundreds of times before in the history of the planet. In this cycle, however, a cognitive evolution was taking place, an evolution of the group consciousness, it was a designed evolution, it had been carefully planned by Jim, over the past seventy thousand years.
It was intended
Half of the world’s population perished within days of the blast, most of the rest in the weeks, and months that followed.
By the end of the year, without intervention, the number of human being living on Earth would be down to a few thousand, or less.
Every species was affected; mammal, reptile, avian, insect. Those living on land were hurt the worst. There was widespread extinction. Entire ecosystems were just gone. Only nature’s apex survivors would continue; the crocodile, the turtle, and the frog.
Coastal areas provided recourse for the survivor. There were fish, there was water, there was mobility and there was power.
But it would take decades before the poisons were filtered from the atmosphere, all mammalian life would change as a result.
Life would endure.
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