Tree rings hold a clue to spatial activities. A study that was recently published in the International Journal of Astrobiology shows the reactions that explosions of supernovas have on the earth. If recent reports from laboratories and spatial scientists are to be believed, a single eruption in space can have life-changing impact on the earth. Moreover, these explosions can release energy, that is equivalent to the sun’s energy.
Brakenridge, a senior scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at CU Boulder has been studying galaxies and supernovas for quite some time now. He has said, that the eruptions and explosions that occur can have a life-changing impact on inhabitants of earth. A big explosion can wipe off the human civilization in totality. Moreover, even if the civilization stays, it has to brace for atmospheric changes. There will be harmful radiation and will definitely have an impact biologically and geologically on the earth.
Tree Rings – One Of The Primary Means Of Research
Senior scientist, Brakenridge has taken up a series of studies based on tree rings. A planet’s tree rings bear records as fingerprints for the future. His research and findings have suggested, that these supernovas can have a direct impact on the earth’s climate. He says, that the results are not conclusive yet. However, they offer some mind-boggling theories about the repercussion of these explosions and eruptions.
The extreme events that are occurring at a distance, are creating records on the tree rings.
More On Radiocarbon Emissions
Brakenridge’s research and finding show that carbon-14, which is also known as a radiocarbon is an isotope of carbon. They generally are not formed on the earth. Moreover, he says that these radiocarbons are a result of the entry of cosmic rays into our planet. The amount tends to increase year by year. Moreover, trees tend to pick up the carbon dioxide, and some of it contains radiocarbons.
Some scientists who researching on these phenomena for a long time, have said that the absorption is generally not steady. There may be spikes in tree ring absorptions or something less than that. Solar flares and ejections seem to spike up certain activities in these tree rings. Terrestrial studies having no definite answers are being research on a daily basis.
Turning To The Past
The scientist fraternity, including Brakenridge have noted that supernovas in distant galaxies produce huge amounts of gamma rays. They can trigger the formation of radiocarbons on earth. These are not that dangerous on their own. However, a spike in such rays show that the distant galaxies and their activities have an impact on earth. Radiocarbon levels are jumping up steadily since the last 13,000 years ago.
Scientists say, that a lot more research needs to go into this realm. No significant conclusion has been drawn yet. However, scientists are positive enough and ask the human race, that these related destructions may not start anytime soon. So, the human race can enjoy till the time. Moreover, new technologies can lessen the impact to a certain extent, but remains to be studied and seen.