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When did the Anthropocene begin? a mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal

Zalasiewicz, Jan; Waters, Colin N.; Williams, Mark; Barnosky, Anthony D.; Cearreta, Alejandro; Crutzen, Paul; Ellis, Erle; Ellis, Michael A.; Fairchild, Ian J.; Grinevald, Jacques; Haff, Peter K.; Hajdas, Irka; Leinfelder, Reinhold; McNeill, John; Odada, Eric O.; Poirier, Clement; Richter, Daniel; Steffen, Will; Summerhayes, Colin; Syvitski, James P. M.; Vidas, Davor; Wagreich, Michael; Wing, Scott L.; Wolfe, Alexander P.; An, Zhisheng; Oreskes, Naomi


We evaluate the boundary of the Anthropocene geological time interval as an epoch, since it is useful to have a consistent temporal definition for this increasingly used unit, whether the presently informal term is eventually formalized or not. Of the three main levels suggested e an ‘early Anthropocene’ level some thousands of years ago; the beginning of the Industrial Revolution at ~1800 CE (Common Era); and the ‘Great Acceleration’ of the mid-twentieth century e current evidence suggests...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary International
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.045
Access Rights: Open Access


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