Earth's Black Box

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 26, 2022, 15:15

By establishing the Earth's Black Box, Australian artists and scientists expect to have the rest of the world accountable for their actions. This Earth box is a solar-powered vault that will gauge the size of a shared bus and an upside-down curb stop structure, with a 3-inch wide (7.5 centimetres) steel shell designed to survive a catastrophe, similar to how an aircraft's black box is designed to resist an accident.

Additionally, much as a black box is stored away in the securest place of an aircraft, Earth's Black Box remains stowed in the safest portion of the planet in Tasmania. Furthermore, Earth's Black Box will remain packed with hard drives catching and preserving climate-related information once it goes online. Keep reading the article below to read more about Earth's Black Box that will help you better prepare for your UPSC mains and prelims examination.

Important Facts About Earth's Black Box

  • Earth's Black Box's storage drives usually endure between 30 and 50 years.
  • This black box will be 3-inch thick with steel materials covered with PV solar panels.
  • The Earth's Black Box will be constructed off Australia's south coast, in Tasmania, an island state.
  • It will collect information on weather changes such as sea and land, temperature readings, resource use, species extinction, human population, ocean acidification, and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) levels in the environment.
  • It will also gather contextual data such as media headlines and trending topics, important news stories, and social media posts.
  • The island of Tasmania near Australia's south coast was chosen for its relative environmental and geopolitical safety. Also, given its slanted sides, the monolith will get constructed to withstand threats such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and destruction.
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Significance of Earth's Black Box

The Earth's Black Box will assist in the prevention of a significant climate change catastrophe, which is one of the most severe threats society encounters, deepening financial and medical differences, increasing the frequency and severity of natural catastrophes, and posing a threat to the world's food store.

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Earth's Black Box - Types of Information

Two diverse kinds of data will be gathered and stowed inside the Earth's Black Box. Firstly, it will gather climate-change-related information like land and sea temperature measures, energy consumption, species extinction, human inhabitants, atmospheric CO2 levels, and ocean acidification. Next, it will gather contextual information, like trending stories, newspaper headlines, key news reports, and social media posts.

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FAQs on Earth's Black Box

Q.1. What do we mean by Earth's Black Box?

This Earth's Black Box is a solar-powered vault that will gauge the size of a shared bus and an upside-down curb stop structure, with a 3-inch wide (7.5 centimetres) steel shell designed to survive a catastrophe, similar to how an aircraft's black box is designed to resist an accident.

Q.2. For how long will Earth's Black Box endure?

The Earth's Black Box usually endures for 30 to 50 years.

Q.3. What is the importance of Earth's Black Box?

The Earth's Black Box will assist in the prevention of a significant climate change catastrophe, which is one of the most severe threats society encounters, deepening financial and medical differences, increasing the frequency and severity of natural catastrophes, and posing a threat to the world's food store.

Q.4. Why was Tasmania chosen as the place to store Earth's Black Box?

The island of Tasmania near Australia's south coast was chosen for Earth's Black Box's relative environmental and geopolitical safety. Also, given its slanted sides, the monolith will get constructed to withstand threats such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and destruction.

Q.5. What will be the dimensions of the Earth's Black Box?

The Earth's Black Box will be 3-inch thick with steel materials covered with PV solar panels.