3.2 Mass Extinctions: Then and Now
In this activity you will review the what is known about the five major past extinctions and compare this to now, the time scientists are calling the 6th mass extinction. This is an exercise in thinking. You need to understand the causes of these extinctions but also the differences between historic extinctions and what is happening now.
The idea is to produce a graphic that illustrates the similarities and differences after doing some further research. I introduce this activity by listening to the first 11 minutes of a podcast from author Elisabeth Kolbert and providing an overview of the topic using 3.2 Mass Extinctions and the 6th Extinction.
Produce an infographic / graphic to show the how the five mass extinctions compare to the current 6th extinction. You should be comparing the causes.
Here are some resources to help you:
Extension Task 1
Listen to the Podcast on the 6th Extinction
Extension Task 2