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This shockwave shifted the solar orbit of Ceti Alpha 5 and as a result, a chain reaction of catastrophes ensued. The planet's plate techtonics were greatly disturbed resulting in massive planet-wide earthquakes. Volcanic activity also increased substantially, resulting in an extreme increase in C02 being released into the atmosphere. This caused a runaway greenhouse effect increasing the surface temperatures from an average of 82 degrees F to 140+ degrees F. The surface temperatures are expected to increase continuously and irreversibly as the oceans evaporate and the atmosphere thickens . The PH. balance of the surface water was altered, rendering it too acidic for marine life, killing off a vital part of the planets food chain. All plant vegetation was extinguished due to a combination of acid rain and severe drought brought on by a complete disruption of the planet's water cycle. Animal vegetation naturally followed the plant life into extinction. Planet rotation increased dramatically, causing wind speeds of up to an average of 120 to 170 mph. Months long sandstorms now envelope as much as 73% of the planet's surface. Visibility during a sandstorm is less than 1 ft. Due to an ever increasing amount of C02 being continuously released, the Oxygen content of the atmosphere is steadily declining. It is now slightly below 10%, whereas prior to the disaster, the content of atmospheric gases was recorded at the following levels: 35% Oxygen, 63% Nitrogen, 1.5% Argon and 0.5% Carbon Dioxide.Due to these now extremely harsh, planet wide surface conditions, it is nolonger possible to exist on the surface without an environmental support suit. Ceti Alpha 5's sole remaining life-form, the Ceti Eel, has survived mainly because it's habitat is naturally beneath the surface and consists of multitudinous tunnels dug deep into the ground. At the present time It is not yet known what sustains the eels for with such a complete absence of animal and plant vegetation to be used as a food source, as well as desert like temperatures and lack of water, such life should be completely impossible, although recent theories point to possible ingestation of the soil for sustenance and hydration. Due to the constantly increasing temperatures, and the ever declining Oxygen content of the atmosphere, it is certain that eventually even the Ceti Eel will fall victim to the same fate as all the other lifeforms indigenous to Ceti Alpha 5 have.
The adult Eels are basically the size of small rodents and aren't particularly dangerous in and of themselves, but their larvae are known to gestate within the brains of certain species of mammals. Crawling into the ear canal and burrowing deep inside the brain of the sleeping host, the immature offspring slowly grow, resulting in a progressive and fatal syndrome with symptoms including pain, paralysis and eventuall death for the host organism. In beings of higher intellect, such as humans, madness and dementia also are known to occur.
Before the ecological disaster, Ceti Alpha 5 was a virtual garden of Eden. It supported a variety of plant and animal life, including various mammillian and reptiallian species. Marine life in the oceans was plentiful. Most of its life-forms were remarkably similar to their counterparts on Earth. Birds of various sizes and colors filled the skies. Wild Ceti-buffalo roamed the plains. There was also a large variety of fauna comprising seemingly endless acres of wild, untamed forest. The environment was clean and untouched by pollution caused by industrial civilizations. At the time of its colonization in 2267, by KHAN NOONIEN SINGH and his followers, there were no signs of intelligent life on Ceti Alpha 5. Upon arrival a complete survey scan of the planet was conducted by the federation starship Enterprise, confirming more than adequate conditions to support life. 6 months later, the planet fell into ruin by an unforeseen cosmological event: The destruction of Ceti Alpha 6, forever changing its landscape from a resemblance of paradise to a reality of Hell.