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The Sixth Extinction: Reedbeds. Kenfig Pool, South Wales Print

Jon Wyatt

United Kingdom

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The largest freshwater lake in Wales, it was formed when the encroaching dunes cut off the local rivers in prehistoric times. The Sixth Extinction "I sought the future and past catastrophe of the social in geology, in that upturning of depth that can be seen in the striated spaces, the reliefs of salt and stone, the canyons where the fossil river flows down, the immemorial abyss of slowness that shows itself in the erosion and geology." - Jean Baudrillard The evolution of life on earth has been disrupted by five ‘mass extinction events’ the worst of which wiped out 95% of all life. Current rising carbon dioxide levels and rates of species extinction has led scientists to conclude that the planet is now experiencing a sixth mass extinction event. In 2011 the world’s leading paleogeologists converged on an area close to my birthplace in the UK’s Westcountry. The latest clues to the cause of one of the mass extinction events were thought to lie in the rocks and fossil record of the cliffs and foreshores of North Somerset. More precisely, in an inch-thick layer of buff-coloured limestone that is rarely exposed in the strata of the cliffs. A layer below which life teemed, but above which most of the planet’s species simply vanished. The news report seemed quaintly incongruous – scientists hunting for clues to cataclysmic global events on my local beach armed only with rock hammers and some sandwich bags. Following the team of paleogeologists as they pursued the two hundred million year old mystery led me to the coastlines of North Somerset and South Wales and a meteorite crater in western France. Sifting tiny clues from the strata of the geology, they used forensic methods to recreate a picture of an ancient global ecosystem. Adopting the same locations, I examined local historical and environmental records, hunting back through the spans of geological time for traces of other extinct ecosystems, transient echoes of that mass extinction. Photographing the residue that remains in the alchemy of the rocks or the shadows of the undergrowth, each image in the project reflects a particular ecosystem ‘die-off’. From the debris of a meteorite strike to the tell-tale traces of lethal sea level fluctuations; from the geomorphic evidence of the UK’s worst natural disaster to the traces of vanished communities and the footprints of Neolithic man. Each ecology has dissipated to a new strata of dust, awaiting rediscovery by future paleogeologists. Clues to mass extinction events yet to come. Silver gelatin prints on Ilford resin-coated paper (pearl finish). Paper size: 24 x 20 in. Image size: 22 x 16.5 in. Edition of 12 + 2 Artist’s Proofs Includes signed Certificate of Authenticity. Also comes with a label denoting edition number and signed by the artist that can be affixed to the back of a frame. Other editions available:- 40 x 30 in. Image size: 36 x 27 in. Limited edition of 9 + 2 A/P’s

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Print:Giclee on Photo Paper

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Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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Award-winning British photographer Jon Wyatt's work documents the growing detachment of modern cultures from our physical landscape. Landscape photography is used to document landscape issues. Through a lens of landscape iconography, his projects address issues of earth science and ecosystem transition, conservation and ecology, and the ethics of land use and ownership.

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