Open Questions: Mass Extinctions

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Recommended references: Web sites

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Introduction



Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes


Sites with general resources

BBC Extinction Files: Mass Extinctions
Good collection of information on the topic, with many illustrations and attention to specific mass extinction events. Part of the BBC Evolution Website.
The Siberian Traps
"This website is designed to provide information about the Siberian Traps and the contemporaneous end-Permian mass extinction, and to outline our research on these topics." Site is maintained by Andy Saunders and Marc Reichow of the University of Leicester. Includes a little information about flood basalts and mass extinctions and a few external links.

Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Extinction event
Article from Wikipedia.
Ten things that cause mass extinctions
December 2009 article from Cosmos Magazine, listing 10 possible causes of mass extinctions.
Flood Basalts, Mantle Plumes & Mass Extinctions
A page of general information on the subject, including a table of flood basalt episodes and corresponding extinction events.
Did Asteroid-Induced Firestorm Destroy the Dinosaurs?
November 1999 article from Space.com. Describes how an asteroid impact may have caused the release of methane which ignited, caused a global firestorm, and led to a mass extinction event.
How an Asteroid Impact Causes Extinction
November 1999 article from Space.com. Explains the possible consequences of an asteroid impact which could lead to mass extinctions.
Extinctions: Cycles of Life and Death Through Time
Nice overview of the various mass and minor extinction events in Earth's history, with speculation as to possible causes. Part of the Hooper Virtual Paleontological Museum.
Chicxulub Impact Event
General information on the impact event which thought to have caused the mass extinction 65 million years ago.
Dinosaur dust-up: Princeton paleontologist produces evidence for new theory on extinction
September 22, 2003 article in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin about the research of Gerta Keller that casts doubt on the asteroid impact theory of end-Cretaceous extinction event.
E.T. Molecules Explain a Mass Extinction
February 2001 Scientific American news article about evidence that an asteroid impact caused the Permian-Triassic mass extinction.
Deeper Impact
May 2001 Scientific American News Scan article about the possibility that the Permian-Triassic mass extinction may have been caused by an asteroid impact.
Lone Offender Killed the Dinosaurs
March 2001 Scientific American news article about research that implies an asteroid impact was the sole cause of the KT mass extinction.
Volcanic Accomplice
March 2001 Scientific American Science and the Citizen article, subtitled "Deadly impacts may have exacerbated massive eruptions."
Extinctions Tied to Impact from Space
February 2001 news article from Science News about evidence for an impact event as the cause of the Permian-Triassic mass extinction.
Was it sudden death for the Permian period?
July 2000 news article from Science News about evidence that the Permian-Triassic mass extinction occurred in a time period of less than 8000 years.
A Mathematical Model for Mass Extinction
Brief single page.


Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Impact from the Deep
Peter D. Ward
Scientific American, October 2006
Repeated Blows
Luann Becker
Scientific American, March 2002, pp. 76-83
During the last 600 million years the Earth has sustained impact from meteorites five or more kilometers in size an average of once every 10 million years. Such impacts may account for most or all of the top five known mass extinction events.
What caused the spectacular extinctions at the end of the Permian period?
Richard Monastersky
Science News, February 1, 1997


Recommended references: Books


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