Friday, November 13, 2009

Can an elephant survive a 1000 feet fall?

i need real scientific answers

Can an elephant survive a 1000 feet fall?
Fat chance.....

C'mon be serious...
Reply:yes but unlikely the bones a just dense enough to absorb the force of deceleration, this is "gosh" of evolution, which is why you don't break your skull when you trip, but you do if you fall off a step, i don't rate the suvival of an elephant with broken legs. the deceleration vs the elasticity becomes one via evolution
Reply:no absolutel not if a human falls that height he dies ,due to the speed mainly affected by the weight. the forces in which we fall must not exceed 12g (gravitational force) or we black out and mostly die due to either brain hammerage or the collision, so in the case of an elephant he will fall with greater force and surely die except if a huge miracle saves it .
Reply:The question is unscientific because the elephant could be in a C130 that runs into wind shear and falls1000 feet before it recaptures lift. This would not endanger the elephant if it were restrained. Would you put an elephant into a cargo plane without restraining it?

There are many other scenarios available.
Reply:Not without a parachute... Did you see "Operation Dumbo Drop"?
Reply:if he lands in deep water ?50/50 he might drown...
Reply:Nope. You can't get land animals very much larger than an elephant - the mass needed to be supported goes up with the volume of the animal (m^3), but the structural strength generally goes up with m^2 - so the larger the largest dimension of the animal, the harder it is for that animal to support itself, and basically the harder it is to keep it together. The smaller an animal, the further it can fall without damage. Hence humans can fall from a first storey window and not die, cats can fall from higher, mice and insects can fall from many hundreds of times their own height and scurry off undamaged. I think an elephant would be in danger of busting a organ or breaking a bone if it tripped, let alone fell from 1000 ft.

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