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Lydia GilbrideMass ExtinctionsScience of Natural Disasters01/07/2019Mass ExtinctionsIn Neil DeGrasse Tyson’sCosmos: A Spacetime Odysseyhe represented thefive mass extinctions of the past as a temple, or a museum, and he called them theHalls Of Extinction, a monument to the broken branches of the tree of life. He then wenton to explain that for every one of the millions of species alive today, thousands mayhave died of in the past. The mass extinctions have always fascinated me, and I oftenfind myself thinking about the next one to come, but as it turns out, we’re living in it.Everyday, we’re losing hundreds of small flying insects, which is a major problem foranimals who survive by eating them.Not only is it a problem for them, it’s a problem for us. When the smallestcreatures start to go extinct, it causes a domino effect, crippling even the largest animalspecies. About 1,000 times the natural rate of animal species go extinct in an average

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