The Making of Mass Extinctions
This interactive module explores the environmental factors and species involved in five major mass extinctions.
Extinction is a normal part of the evolutionary process. But during five periods in Earth’s history, extinction rates greatly exceeded normal levels. This Click & Learn allows students to compare these five major mass extinction events, examine each of their causes, and determine whether a sixth mass extinction is likely in the future.
The “Poster” PDF provides an accessible version of the content in this Click & Learn.
anthropocene, asteroid, atmosphere, carbon dioxide, extinction rate, species, sulfur dioxide, supercontinent, timeline, volcano
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.D, HS-ESS1.C, HS-ESS2.A, HS-ESS2.D, HS-ESS2.E
AP Biology (2019)
EVO-3.E, EVO-3.G, EVO-3.H
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 2.5, 9.5, 9.9
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-2.G, EIN-4.B. STB-4.F
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
Vision and Change (2009)