T’Laan(a1), Balducci, R(a2)
Received: stardate 966.1
The currently accepted theory as to the direct cause of the extinction on Ego is a sudden climate change event. There is, however, no widely accepted theory as to what caused the climate change. There are no signs of widespread warfare sufficient to destabilise the atmospheric balance. There are no nearby supernovae remnants of the correct age. There are none of the chemical markers that would indicate a gamma-ray burst hit the planet.
In this paper, we will present a case for the climate change to have been caused by a subspace shockwave, likely originating near the Suliban system, and estimated to have occurred between 350 and 364 years ago. While subspace fields do not usually have a significant effect in normal space, Ego contains a number of mountain ranges which are rich in Gallicite. This mineral produces electrical discharges when exposed to even moderate subspace fields. The estimated subspace field strength which hit Ego is estimated to be in the range of hundreds of kilocochrane per unit time. This, combined with the amplifying effect from Kemocite deposits is capable of having produced widespread electromagnetic storms thereby increasing production of nitrogen oxides and nitric acid in the atmosphere, in turn reducing the solar radiation reaching the surface.