The Ends of the World | Peter Brannen | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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The Ends of the World | Peter Brannen | Talks at Google

TL;DR

Geologist and science journalist Peter Brannen discusses how volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts have caused the worst mass extinctions in Earth's history.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What triggered the end Ordovician mass extinction?

The end Ordovician mass extinction was likely triggered by a massive ice age caused by a decline in carbon dioxide levels, resulting in sea level drop and a loss of shallow water habitats.

Q: How do these mass extinctions affect current climate change concerns?

The mass extinctions provide important lessons about the dangers of sudden changes in carbon dioxide levels, global warming, ocean acidification, and anoxia. It is crucial to take action now to avoid similar catastrophic outcomes.

Q: What organisms survived these mass extinctions?

Some survivors of mass extinctions include fish, amphibians, reptiles, and certain plant and animal groups. However, even survivors faced significant population declines and were negatively impacted.

Q: How does the formation of continents, such as Pangaea, relate to mass extinctions?

The presence of supercontinents like Pangaea may have made the planet less resilient to mass extinctions due to the disruption of key climate regulation processes. Our current planet, with its more diverse and oxygenated oceans, may be more resilient to mass extinctions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • There have been five major mass extinctions in the last 559 million years, with the most recent being the end Cretaceous extinction which killed the non-bird dinosaurs.

  • While the end Cretaceous extinction is commonly associated with the impact of an asteroid, there is growing evidence that volcanic eruptions from the Deccan Traps in India also played a major role.

  • Other mass extinctions such as the end Permian and end Triassic were likely caused by massive volcanic events, injecting carbon dioxide and creating extreme global warming, ocean acidification, and marine anoxia.

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