The sixth extinction chapter 5 summary

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Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction": A Summary Review

Kolbert travels around the globe to seek resolution and to learn what signs of extinction there are, what species are endangered, what the possible causes are for the crisis, when did it start and what naturalists and scientist are doing to try to prevent as much loss and damage as possible. Her travels not only take her to spots around the globe where species are vanishing and scientists are working day and night to understand the phenomenon and diminish its impact, she travels back in time to learn about early scientists who first proclaimed that the extinction process existed. She describes the theories and explanations for extinction from these long-ago scientific researchers and naturalists. In her information-gathering endeavor, she learns some basic things about extinctions. There is a natural extinction process that goes on virtually at all times. 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. The background extinction is based on the theory of natural selection in which weaker species are ultimately pushed out by predation and loss of habitat and other natural occurrences including disease.

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The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt & Co, 2014. Reviewed February 27, 2016.

Elizabeth Kolbert presents a rare blend of erudition, eloquence and down-to-earth observation and investigation. She is a staff writer for The New Yorker , and a professor at Williams College, and has won several awards and fellowships, mostly recent the Pulitzer for non-fiction. Part science history, part personal reflection, part travelogue, its erudition never becomes dry, and its asides enliven and illumine. That's a good thing. The book tackles a topic—the wave of biological extinctions characterizing our time—that is far from cheerful.


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