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Deep Time Walk App Review

My experience walking through billions of years across time in my neighborhood. 

It's not necessary to only believe in climate change, but is important to understand it. What better way to learn how humans have affected our planet by then traveling back in time, all the way to the creation of this planet. Here is my experience with the Deep Time Walk App. 

deep walk app
The Deep Time Walk is a ground-breaking new project, which enables anyone, anywhere to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth.

As you walk across 4.6km of deep time (representing 4.6bn years of Earth’s big history), you witness clumping, boiling, crashing, wrecking, cracking, smashing, pumping, forcing, swarming, freezing, fermenting and engulfing. You learn how our moon was formed, meet volcanoes and encounter the immense meteorites of the Late Heavy Bombardment. Later in the walk you experience key events such as the first appearance of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, the Great Oxidation, the appearance of planet-wide temperature regulation, the evolution of the first nucleated cells, and, eventually, the appearance of multicellular life.

It was incredible to be walking beneath trees and learning about the rise of oxygen, hearing about the first fossils and finding a lonely shell on the sidewalk. This experience of synchronicity of the audio and visual experience was amazing, and later I found out, quite common to deep time walkers. 

shell orlando downtown lake

Walking those billions of years really gives you a sense of scale, of how much has happened in the world before us humans arriving on the scene, and when we humans finally arrive in the scene is  towards the last part of the walk, where we start measuring the distance using an arm's reach:

frank weaver orlando deep walk

"The final 20cm of the walk represent 200,000 years - roughly the time during which our species, Homo sapiens, has been on Earth. The last ice age (13,000 years ago) is represented by just the last 1.3cm. In the final 1/5th of a millimetre (200 years), you witness the miniscule time that has elapsed since the start of the industrial revolution. In doing so, you start to fathom your infinitesimal and unique place in time and space. We are caught in the last frame in the long unfolding dance of life on Earth. You realise how we humans have become a dangerous geological force during our very brief tenure on our planet."

...and that's where I ended my walk. My journey across billions of years ends on the present moment, as I walk near a bus stop filled with litter, and nature held back with a human made chain link fence...

This immersive experience has been incredible, and it really gave me a perspective of time while teaching me the history of our planet.

 I really recommend to give it a try, and see what type of experiences you find.  

If you are interested in learning about this project visit their website, and at the moment they are having a crowdfunding campaign to increasing the reach and impact of the app