What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared? This isn’t the story of how we might vanish – it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. Building off the success of HISTORY’s two-hour special Life After People, this ten part series continues the exploration of a world wiped clean of humanity, in even more vivid detail. Just like the special, each episode will use cinematic CGI to reveal – in scientific detail – the fate of every aspect of the man-made world. What happens to the millions of animals that supply our food? The chemicals stored in industrial complexes? Which animals take over subways? Do satellites fall to earth? When does Mt. Rushmore wither away? Every episode will unfold in the hours, days, months and years after people disappear and will combine three to four different kinds of stories, from animal outbreaks to structural collapses, building to a unique visual finale. Welcome to Earth, population zero.
Episode Nine - The Road to Nowhere
Aired: 17 June 2009
What happens to the world when mankind stops traveling around it? Oil refineries keep pumping out fuel, but they're turning into ticking time bombs. In the Motor City, a series of harsh northern winters dismantles an automotive headquarters. In Texas, a life-giving river turns into destroyer, while the Alamo succumbs to a new invader. Also, one breed of dog re-discovers its natural hunting instincts, armadillos reach new frontiers and long-horn cattle face a future they've already experienced.