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6 Times the World Came Close to Annihilation

Remember that one kid in school who always ended up getting hurt, no matter how hard he tried staying out of harm’s way? Well, Earth is like that danger-prone little boy, having endured one mishap after the next, yet dusting itself off with a renewed sense of purpose. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and our planet has lived to see the sunrise on many occasions, but here are six times when—whether through natural upheavals or disease—the world came dangerously close to annihilation.