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Sixth Mass Extinctions

UtherPenguin
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2/25/2016 2:29:44 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
Is a sixth mass extinction in our lifetimes an inevitability? (assuming we aren't already in said mass extinction.)
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TBR
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2/25/2016 4:13:49 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/25/2016 2:29:44 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
Is a sixth mass extinction in our lifetimes an inevitability? (assuming we aren't already in said mass extinction.)

Yea, mass extinction is... Well, baring supernatural, how we go out. If not on this planet, then another.
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2/25/2016 4:15:07 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/25/2016 2:29:44 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
Is a sixth mass extinction in our lifetimes an inevitability? (assuming we aren't already in said mass extinction.)

Sorry. Glossed over "in our lifetimes". Well l then. Possible, yes. Inevitable.... only time will tell, and not that much time either.
Stronn
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2/26/2016 7:25:18 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/25/2016 2:29:44 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
Is a sixth mass extinction in our lifetimes an inevitability? (assuming we aren't already in said mass extinction.)

Assuming you mean the lifetime of our species, then probably. Given the history of life on Earth, it would be naively optimistic to think otherwise.

Of course, there is a remote chance we will become extinct prior to any mass extinction event, say through some human-specific pathogen, which would mean the next mass extinction would not occur in our lifetimes.
DanneJeRusse
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2/28/2016 3:13:52 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/25/2016 2:29:44 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
Is a sixth mass extinction in our lifetimes an inevitability? (assuming we aren't already in said mass extinction.)

Based on past mass extinctions and how many comets/asteroids have already hit the Earth that could cause a mass extinction, scientists estimate roughly about a thousand years from now. Hopefully, by then, we would have built enough space stations such that we our future generations will watch it all happen from LEO.
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