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Main Title The sixth extinction : an unnatural history /
Author Kolbert, Elizabeth.
Publisher Henry Holt and Company,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 853618709
ISBN 9780805092998; 0805092994; 0805099794; 9780805099799; 1408851237; 9781408851234; 1408851229; 9781408851227; 1408851210; 9781408851210; 1408857111; 9781408857113; 9781250062185; 1250062187
Subjects Mass extinctions. ; Extinction (Biology) ; Environmental disasters. ; Extinction, Biological. ; Ecological and Environmental Phenomena. ; SCIENCE--Environmental Science. ; SCIENCE--Life Sciences--Evolution. ; Massenaussterben ; Anthropozñ ; Espèces (biologie)--Extinction. ; Catastrophes naturelles. ; Utdèoende (biologi) ; Miljèokatastrofer. ; Anthropozän ; Human ecology. ; Nature--Effect of human beings on. ; Anthropozèan.
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EIAM  QE721.2.E97K65 2014 c.1 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 09/16/2019 STATUS
EIAM  QE721.2.E97K65 2014 c. 2 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 09/16/2019
EJAM  QE721.2.E97K65 2014 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 12/22/2014 STATUS
EOAM  QE721.2.E97K65 2014 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 09/22/2014
ESAM  QE721.2.E97K65 2014 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 08/20/2014
Edition First edition.
Collation [III], 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index.
Contents Notes
Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around the cataclysm is us. In this book the author tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. She provides a moving account of the disappearances of various species occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up to Lyell and Darwin, and through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human. -- Publisher description.