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KS3 English - The science behind science fiction: Post Apocalypse

Resources on the science behind science fiction to support your Year 8 Library lesson, compiled by your librarians.

Post Apocalypse

apocalypse - definition

  1. a time when the whole world will be destroyed
  2. a situation in which many people die and many things are destroyed

source : Macmillan dictionary


On this page you will find information on

Biological  and Nuclear weapons

Meteorite strikes


Climate change / Rising water levels


The latest 'Apocalypse' news from Popsci

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Questions about supervolcanoes


What is a supervolcano?

What are some other examples of supervolcanoes?

What is the chance of another catastrophic volcanic eruption at Yellowstone?

Meteorite Map

Click the image to read from an article about meterorite strikes around the globe. Remember to also view the interactive map.

What would you guess are the chances that Singapore would experience a meteorite strike?

Meteorite Map
1 in 10: 3 votes (13.04%)
1 in 50: 5 votes (21.74%)
1 in 100: 8 votes (34.78%)
Never!!: 7 votes (30.43%)
Total Votes: 23

Biological and Chemical weapons

Like a nuclear bomb, a chemical or biological weapon is a weapon of mass destruction. An effective attack using a chemical or biological agent can easily kill thousands of people.

What is nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy is produced in two different ways, in one, large nuclei are split to release energy (fission). In the other method, small nuclei are combined to release energy(fusion).

How does climate change affect us?

How does climate change affect us? and Why does it matter?

Created from EPA webpages

Climate change basics

Journal Articles

How the world will end?

You will burn. You will freeze. And the moon will explode. Four gruesome apocalypse scenarios from the September 1939 issue of Popular Science.

Supervolcanoes, meteor strikes, nuclear weapons

Super Volcanoes

Is The Earth Cooking Up Another Super Volcano?

A hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

Biological weapons

click on arrows to display related information


Botulinum Toxin


Like to know more about other Biological Threat Agents ?

What are biological weapons?

When have biological weapons been used

How can biological weapons be defended against?

Read the FULL article from  HERE

Nuclear weapons

Click on the first link to view the nuclear program of each country

Flood Maps

Click and move the mouse pointer to any location on the globe and use the zoom options to view the Flood Maps for the region. This widget is sourced from

Who is most affected by sea level rise?

Books in the Senior Library

Meteor Strike in Russia - February 2013