Are we now living in the Anthropocene?

Zalasiewicz, J. and Williams, M. and Smith, A. G. and Barry, T. L. and Coe, A. L. and Bown, P. R. and Brenchley, P. and Cantrill, D. and Gale, A. and Gibbard, P. and Gregory, F. J. and Hounslow, M. W. and Kerr, A. C. and Pearson, P. and Knox, R. and Powell, J. and Waters, C. and Marshall, J. and Oates, M. and Rawson, P. and Stone, P. (2008) Are we now living in the Anthropocene? GSA Today, 18 (2). pp. 4-8. DOI

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In 2002, Paul Crutzen, the Nobel Prize–winning chemist, sug- gested that we had left the Holocene and had entered a new Epoch—the Anthropocene—because of the global environ- mental effects of increased human population and economic development. The term has entered the geological literature informally (e.g., Steffen et al., 2004; Syvitski et al., 2005; Cross- land, 2005; Andersson et al., 2005) to denote the contemporary global environment dominated by human activity. Here, mem- bers of the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London amplify and extend the discussion of the effects referred to by Crutzen and then apply the same criteria used to set up new epochs to ask whether there really is justification or need for a new term, and if so, where and how its boundary might be placed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2007 AREP IA55
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: GSA Today
Volume: 18
Page Range: pp. 4-8
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:04
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:54

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