Oxygen makes up 21% of the atmosphere – but what happens if it were to double? Scientists have long researched on this matter. Correspondingly, the results are thought-provoking.
These are four things that’s going to hypothetically
happen once the inevitable occurs:
- Insects would be visibly bigger
Evolution has taken into place making insects adapt to the irregular occurrence. They’re able to adjust themselves on coping up with possible extermination from oxygen poisoning.
A study conducted by Geo Society
in 2010 proved that theory. At the end of the research, dragonflies were 15% larger than their usual equivalents when they were raised in a comparable atmospheric environments from birth to death.
- Flying, Gliding, and Parachuting will become popular
Flying paper planes, Gliding, and Parachuting are going to become a popular sport once that occurs.
Air pressure is going to be doubled considerably making things, objects, or even humans soar significantly.
- Decrease in Plant Productivity
A major process of photosynthesis is called Calvin Cycle; however, when the oxygen doubles, it’s unable to perform its normal development.
It would lead to photorespiration which can cut off the plant’s productivity rate by 25%. If oxygen continues to increase, its consequences will be greater.
There are plants which are able to withstand photorespiration from happening – these are C4 plants. You may know them as corns and sugarcanes.
- Wildfires are going to be a common thing
Plants will have a great contribution in starting wildfires. In the first place, fires aren’t hard to start. It will only take 24% for a damp grass to burn.
Once it’s been doubled to 48%, there will be massive wildfires that would engulf the earth. Accordingly, these wildfires are going to be impossible to put out.
In the present day, at only 21% oxygen, it’s currently impossible for anyone to extinguish a bush fire.