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The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene

Waters, Colin; Zalasiewicz, J; Summerhayes, Colin; Barnosky, Anthony D.; Poirier, Clement; Galuszka, Agnieszka; Cearreta, Alejandro; Edgeworth, Matt; Ellis, Erle; Jeandel, Catherine; Leinfelder, Reinhold; McNeill, John R; Richter, Daniel deB; Steffen, Will; Syvitski, James; Vidas, Davor; Wagreich, Michael; Williams, Mark; Zhisheng, An; Grinevald, Jacques; Odada, Eric O; Oreskes, Naomi; Wolfe, Alexander P.


Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth. Vigorous debate continues about whether this warrants recognition as a new geologic time unit known as the Anthropocene. We review anthropogenic markers of functional changes in the Earth system through the stratigraphic record. The appearance of manufactured materials in sediments, including aluminum, plastics, and concrete, coincides with global spikes in fallout radionuclides and particulates from fossil fuel...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2622


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