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* ReclaimedByNature: The whole purpose of the series is all about theorizing about the effects of nature on all of mankind's greatest creations if everyone in the world were suddenly no longer there to protect them.

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* NeverTrustATitle: Read the title carefully. Listen to the final line of the first special: "There was life before people. There will be life after people." Sounds more like the title of a series about how the world changed after people first ''arrived'', doesn't it? "Life after people," as opposed to "life before people," is actually a very different situation than "life after people ''are gone''."


--> There was life before people. There will be life after people.

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--> There -> ''There was life before people. There will be life after people.''

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* WeAreAsMayflies: Humans truly ''haven't'' been around for that long, and most of the changes that occur on planetary and intergalactic levels take years to millennia longer than the human life span. The series really sends home the message how ''Homo sapiens sapiens''' space on the great timeline of history is actually very small and insignificant compared to the big picture.

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* WellThisIsNotThatTrope: The part of the OpeningNarration that clarifies "This ''isn't'' the story of ''how'' we might vanish..."

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''Welcome to Earth... population: zero.''

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''Welcome ->''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 Earth... population: zero.the world we leave behind...''

->''Welcome to Earth. Population: Zero.
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** A parrot's skeleton was seen lying in a dusty birdcage.

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** A parrot's skeleton was seen lying in a dusty birdcage. Cue Monty Python "ex-parrot" jokes.

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* RegionalRedecoration: Without people diverting the water from the Niagara River, the erosion rate of Niagara falls increases from 1 foot per year to 6 feet. After 1,500 years, this increased erosion pushes the Canadian side of the falls so far back that the American side has completely dried out.


* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Comparing the fates of Co-Op City (which would flood and collapse in a century) and the San Rimo Apartments (which will eventually burn):

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* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Comparing the fates of Co-Op Co-op City (which would flood and collapse in a century) and the San Rimo Remo Apartments (which will eventually burn):



* FollowTheLeader: Both ''Life After People'' and ''Aftermath: Population Zero'' tread exactly in the same footsteps as the book ''The World Without Us'', which had become so explosively popular the previous year (Time Magazine named it one of their Books of the Year for 2007) that it was practically begging for exactly this type of series.

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** During the collapse of the Sydney Opera House
---> "One of the most iconic buildings in the world is headed [[LandDownunder down under]]."
* KillItWithFire:
** Several cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, and San Fransisco are destroyed by wildfires.
** Rags soaked in linseed-oil would spontaneously combust, burning down the San Remo Apartments.
* KillItWithWater:
** Water damage plays a crucial role in the collapse of several buildings such as the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building and the Oriental Pearl Tower.


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* TheBigEasy: Discussed.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Well, [[SubvertedTrope what about them?]], they vanished, too. On the other hand, the things we've sent into space are worth noting. Quite a bit of focus is given to how long mankind's space-borne achievements will last, including the International Space Station (not very long), to artifacts left on the Moon (about 10,000 years) to the Voyager probes (a ''very'' long time).

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Well, [[SubvertedTrope what about them?]], they vanished, too. On the other hand, the things we've sent into space are worth noting. Quite a bit of focus is given to how long mankind's space-borne achievements will last, including the International Space Station (not very long), to artifacts left on the Moon (about 10,000 years) to the Voyager probes (a ''very'' long time).



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* DesolationShot

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* TheEiffelTowerEffect - The final fate of every major landmark is more or less complete erasure by the elements, except possibly the simpler and sturdier momuments that have already survived the ravages of time, such as the Pyramids, or similar structures made of granite, limestone, and such. It's discussed that Mt. Rushmore's faces might be just partially recognizable after 10 thousand years.

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* TheEiffelTowerEffect - TheEiffelTowerEffect: The final fate of every major landmark is more or less complete erasure by the elements, except possibly the simpler and sturdier momuments monuments that have already survived the ravages of time, such as the Pyramids, or similar structures made of granite, limestone, and such. It's discussed that Mt. Rushmore's faces might be just partially recognizable after 10 thousand years.



*** Subverted for anything that manages to get itself buried and/or "fossilized".

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*** ** Subverted for anything that manages to get itself buried and/or "fossilized".



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--> [[KillItWithFire One will be marred by fire]] in a [[TitleDrop Life After People]]. Will the other face [[KillItWithWater death by water?]]

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--> [[KillItWithFire One will be marred by fire]] in a [[TitleDrop Life After People]].People. Will the other face [[KillItWithWater death by water?]]



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*** New York City's [=MetLife=] Building, due to methane gas leaking in from the tunnels of adjacent Grand Central Station.
*** Breweries. Grain dust is highly explosive, and rotting grain generates heat.
*** Fireworks factories. Surprised?
*** Subverted with military hardware, which is surprisingly explosion-free considering that gunpowder destabilizes after about a century. Also, ballistic missiles need constant monitoring to ensure that their own fuel doesn't do them in, and pressure-activated devices like landmines can trigger even during a hard freeze. The series missed lots of opportunities here.

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*** ** New York City's [=MetLife=] Building, due to methane gas leaking in from the tunnels of adjacent Grand Central Station.
*** ** Breweries. Grain dust is highly explosive, and rotting grain generates heat.
*** ** Fireworks factories. Surprised?
*** ** Subverted with military hardware, which is surprisingly explosion-free considering that gunpowder destabilizes after about a century. Also, ballistic missiles need constant monitoring to ensure that their own fuel doesn't do them in, and pressure-activated devices like landmines can trigger even during a hard freeze. The series missed lots of opportunities here.


[[NetworkDecay Despite being entirely about a purely hypothetical and arguably unlikely future rather than being about history]] (making it more of a nature/ecology program than a history program), the original ''Life After People'' special became History Channel's [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030703256.html?hpid=artslot highest rated program]] ''ever''. Although, of course, one could argue that most of the predicted results are accompanied by historical records of what happened - for example at 20-25 years after people, they showed the ruins of Pripyat, which was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster 20-25 years before the show aired. Other accounts of shorter periods also quoted records of pets eating their owners' corpses for survival if they were locked inside and could not get out to find food. However, this is only a small portion of the show, and most of it is still speculative.

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[[NetworkDecay Despite being entirely about a purely hypothetical and arguably unlikely future rather than being about history]] history (making it more of a nature/ecology program than a history program), the original ''Life After People'' special became History Channel's [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030703256.html?hpid=artslot highest rated program]] ''ever''. Although, of course, one could argue that most of the predicted results are accompanied by historical records of what happened - for example at 20-25 years after people, they showed the ruins of Pripyat, which was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster 20-25 years before the show aired. Other accounts of shorter periods also quoted records of pets eating their owners' corpses for survival if they were locked inside and could not get out to find food. However, this is only a small portion of the show, and most of it is still speculative.


* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Subverted. Our TV & radio waves - [[AliensStealCable once thought to last forever in space]], deteriorate after a few light years. The ''Voyager'' spacecraft and their Golden Records will be dinged up beyond recognition in a few thousand years.

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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Subverted. Our TV & and radio waves - [[AliensStealCable once thought to last forever in space]], deteriorate after a few light years. The ''Voyager'' spacecraft and their Golden Records will be dinged up beyond recognition in a few thousand years.


** ArtisticLicenseEngineering: the most likely failure mode for elevator emergency brakes is plastic creep, meaning the brakes will partially release and the elevator will slowly slide down to the bottom of the shaft.

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** ArtisticLicenseEngineering: the The most likely failure mode for elevator emergency brakes is plastic creep, meaning the brakes will partially release and the elevator will slowly slide down to the bottom of the shaft.

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