So, in a post-apocalyptic scenario I’m working on, one of the main things is that at the time, there were people dumping their entire life savings out the window and into the street. They just didn’t want them anymore, money couldn’t help them in this scenario, and millions of dollar bills still litter the streets because no one else wanted them either.
My story is set 30-40 years after the initial event, and I’m having a character walking the ruins of a city. I want there to still be thousands of bills in the streets, but realistically, would they still be there after all that time, and not have rotted away or anything?
- No one has been going around collecting them, but they were probably stepped on for the first few years or so.
- There hasn’t been any major fires or attacks after the bills were dumped, so nothing has burned them all up or obscured them with rubble.
- There have been animals snooping around in the cities, and they’ve been exposed to the elements, wind, rain, snow, and the like.
- They’re sitting on top of asphalt and concrete instead of just dirt, so would this slow down the decomposition?
Edit: What if some of them were blown into corners, or under balconies and awnings? Would this protect them from the elements more? How much would the geographical location of the city matter, as in different climates effecting decomposition time?