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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

November 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Author: Susan Kolbert. 2014. 336 pp.

When: November 27, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Discussion Facilitator: Bruce Fryxell

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Please note that there are a few copies of the book available for checkout at the Dungeness River Center office.

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, author Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field.  Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.”

Notes: Pulitzer Prize winner; New York Times Book Review selection for 2014 Ten Best Books of the Year.

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Details

Date:
November 27
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

Dungeness River Audubon Center
Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
Phone:
360-681-4076
Website:
dungenessrivercenter.org/

Organizer

OPAS