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Mass Extinction

Earth & Space Science

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You will get to learn all about the inner dynamics of the Earth and the theory of plate tectonics. In addition to learning how to measure and predict the location of earthquakes, you will learn about other natural disasters, and study the history of mass extinctions on Earth.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the concept of mass extinction.
  • Explain the consequences of mass extinctions.

Everything You'll Have Covered

According to scientific evidence, when did five mass extinctions occur on Earth? Which one of these caused dinosaurs to become extinct?

~ 1. 443 million years ago

2. 354 million years ago

3. 248 million years ago

4. 206 million years ago

5. 65 million years ago; dinosaur extinction

What are some factors that may have contributed to these mass extinctions?

~ Mass extinctions may have been caused by volcanic events; an increase in sea level; impact events, such as a meteorite striking the Earth; or large changes in the Earth's climate.

How severe are mass extinction events?

~ Each of the mass extinction events destroyed approximately 50% of the Earth's genera. All together, over 98% of the species that have lived on Earth are now extinct.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: adaptability, evolution, and global cooling.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary mass extinction,,