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10,000 Year Clock Will Tell Time Til Your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandkids are a Distant Memory

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This has to be one of the strangest and coolest projects I have ever heard of. Way out in the desert wilds of West Texas, workers are starting the process of digging out the side of a mountain in the Sierra Diablo mountain range to install a clock that will keep time for the next 10,000 years. People will be able to visit the clock when it is completed, assuming they don’t mind a serious trek to get there.

The clock will be put into a cave inside a mountain and will have five chambers that people can visit. The five chambers will celebrate certain milestones in the clock’s life. The chambers will be for 1, 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000-year anniversaries of the clock, and each will have a special something inside that the clock will activate. The builders are only going to design the animations for the first and tenth anniversaries and are leaving the later dates to future generations.

The year-one chamber will have an orrery that will have the planets and other things to celebrate the first century of man in space. The clock will have a hand that moves once per year and one that moves once per century. It has a bell system that will let the clock activate a different chime each day for 10,000 years. Epic.

For more details on the project, head on over to the 10,000 Year Clock web site.






Comments (6):

  1. Cdat88 says:

    “The year-one chamber will have an orrery that will have the plants and other things to celebrate the first century of man in space.”

    Plants or Planets? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. Shane M. says:

    Plants shaped like planets.:)

  3. Cdat88 says:

    Really? Sounds better then some old clock sitting in the middle of a desert! Why didn’t you do a story on those? :)

  4. Lonnie says:

    I’m sorry but can someone explain What Is The Point? I’m all in favor of spend vast resources on projects that have a very small chance of adding to the knowledge of the human race but what will this do. They are spending a lot of money now and in the future for something that proves nothing except someone had lot of money to spend. Future generations will look at this the same way we look at the Winchester Mad house. Totally pointless!

    • Cdat88 says:

      Well, perhaps it is their money to spend? Seems to me to be a private project. If the resources being used have not been taken from you (or anyone else) without you knowing, why do you care? Should I guess that you would prefer some social project? More affordable housing? Something that has a political correct, environmental, or feel good tag attached?

      This may be an important time capsule. Possibly, due to it’s isolation, a small record of human existence. If we ever stupidly destroy ourselves, or bring our kind to the edge of ruin, it will show what we have done up to that point. Maybe humans 10,000 years from now will marvel out our primitive computers and technology. Either way, it could serve a valuable purpose. Or just be a expensive construction process.

      In the scheme of thing, I would be more concerned about other boondoggles being forwarded with public money, rather than private treasure. That strikes me as a more worthwhile effort.

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