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"If another branch on the tree of life someday produces geologists, they might notice the sudden strange disappearance of coral reefs at our Pleistocene-Anthropocene boundary and compare it to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary 200 million years earlier. Depending upon how clever these geologists of the future are, they might even notice the similarly wild swings in the carbon and oxygen isotopes in their rocks, pointing to a huge injection of carbon and a warming spike at both extinctions.  Though it might take only a few decades for us to wipe out coral reefs, if the End-Triassic mass extinction is any guide, these ecosystems will take not decades, centuries, or even millennia, but millions of years to restore.  The decisions made in the next few years by the energy industry and governments that regulate them will leave a record in the rocks that will last for hundreds of millions of years." - Peter Brannen - The Ends of the World, Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions.