The sixth extinction

This fungus was unintentionally imported to the US by humans. While Kolbert makes all of this lucid and entertaining, as well as terrifying, I must admit to some fatigue when I got to the final The sixth extinction. Today their habitat has been reduced to a few tiny pockets of the original area.

It is pretty harsh on countries like South Africa which is doing a good job of protecting lions. However, if current emission intensities remain as they are today, bythere will no longer be a region above 3.

When the first settlers arrived in Icelandthe auk population was probably in the millions. Kolbert states that studies by the National Zoological Park in Washington, DCand a mycologist at the University of Mainehave identified the reason for the increased mortality of Panamanian frogs as a type of Chytrid fungus.

The extinction of one species takes hundreds of years in this process which is why it is an unremarkable and invisible attrition of animals and plants.

They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act. Evidence indicates that humans were instrumental in how the fungus traveled.

Looking for a good horror novel that will keep you up late at night? In his book, Darwin described life as a constant competition between life forms for a finite number of resources.

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Any living thing that depends on the ice will be faced with extreme challenges that could ultimately drive them to extinction. This will lead to an increase in energy needed for calcification. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.

Amphibians have been on Earth for longer than mammals or birds ; they were even here before dinosaurs. Well, I have just the ticket: Most scientists believe that the Cretaceous extinction was caused by the impact of a massive meteor that impacted the earth.

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This can be extremely deadly, as it was in the case of American bats killed by the psycrophilic fungus Geomyces destructans. An Unnatural History When Written: Throughout history, there have been five mass extinction events: Always needing and wanting more from our natural resources, we, like kudzu, multiply rapidly, take over every inch of land available to us, and choke out the life that surrounds us.

Islands on Dry Land[ edit ] Kolbert points out how everything in life is interconnected, and discusses the importance of patch dynamics. Kolbert makes the case for recognizing the Anthropocene as a mass extinction event by exploring its casualties and its future victims.

In doing so, he has since the beginning of his existence disturbed the natural lives of other species. Reading about mass extinction can really take a toll on someone whose worldview can basically be summed up as "people suck.

The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound[ edit ] The Sumatran Rhino was once so abundant in numbers it was considered an agricultural pest. The New Pangaea[ edit ] Kolbert points out that there is an evolutionary arms racein which each species must be equipped to defend against their potential predators, and need to be more fit than their competition.

It had a large, intricately grooved beak. Cite This Page Arn, Jackson.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

One whose body count grows exponentially as his appetite becomes more ravenous, never sated? We can feast like kings!Kolbert’s most successful book, both critically and financially, was The Sixth Extinction, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in Get the entire Sixth Extinction LitChart as a printable PDF.

“The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert is the story of the investigative journalist’s quest to discover if the Earth is undergoing the sixth time that the majority of species on earth are at risk or indeed headed for extinction. The town of El Valle de Antón, in central Panama, sits in the middle of a volcanic crater formed about a million years ago.

The crater is almost four miles across, but when the weather is clear. A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

The Sixth Extinction is the kind of book that helps us recognize the actual planet we live upon.” ― New York Review of Books “Surprisingly breezy, entirely engrossing, and frequently entertaining /5(K). Feb 16,  · In “The Sixth Extinction,” Elizabeth Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to convey the history of earth’s previous mass extinctions and .

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