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The sixth extinction : an unnatural history

Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kolbert, Elizabeth.
Sixth Extinction : An Unnatural History.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN: 1408851237 9781408851234
OCLC Number: 1193555182
Notes: Originally published: 2014.
Description: 1 online resource (319 pages :) illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Cover; Praise for The Sixth Extinction; Title Page; Epigraph; Contents; Prologue; Chapter I: The Sixth Extinction; Chapter II: The Mastodonâ#x80;#x99;s Molars; Chapter III: The Original Penguin; Chapter IV: The Luck of the Ammonites; Chapter V: Welcome to the Anthropocene; Chapter VI: The Sea Around Us; Chapter VII: Dropping Acid; Chapter VIII: The Forest and the Trees; Chapter IX: Islands on Dry Land; Chapter X: The New Pangaea; Chapter XI: The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound; Chapter XII: The Madness Gene; Chapter XIII: The Thing with Feathers; Acknowledgments; Notes; Selected Bibliography. Photo/Illustration CreditsA Note on the Author; By the Same Author; Also Available by Elizabeth Kolbert; eCopyright.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Kolbert.

Abstract:

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankinds most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolberts book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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