End of the World Theories

When a calendar runs out any other year, it is simply thrown away, but as the apparent “End of the World” draws near, other people are questioning why this belief is based on the end of a calendar.

The ancient Mayan calendar created thousands of years ago ends this year on December 21st. Some people believe that this is a sign that the world is coming to an end. In fact, some movies, including “2012” and “2012, Doomsday,” both depict natural disasters that ultimately destroy the world.

There are numerous websites with several suggestions of why people believe the world will end in 2012. The solar-storm theory includes spiked sun activity and heavy sunstorms, activity peaking in 2012. The super-volcano theory is the eruption of a supervolcano, almost triple the size of an average volcano whose explosion will send debris and lava as far as 1,000 cubic kilometers, that will erupt in Yellowstone National Park blotting out the sun with ash and creating a winter that could last thousands of years. Scientists and geological experts quoted on many government websites believe this will happen because pressure has been building steadily in the volcano and it is overdue for an explosion they now believe will occur in 2012.

There’s no telling whether December 21st will be an A day or a D-day. But,whether the world ends or not, it probably isn’t a good idea to put off that essay that’s due after Winter Break.

Reporter: Josh