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Making the case for a formal Anthropocene Epoch: an analysis of ongoing critiques

Zalasiewicz, J; Waters, Colin; Wolfe, Alexander P.; Barnosky, Anthony D.; Cearreta, Alejandro; Edgeworth, Matt; Ellis, Erle C.; Fairchild, I.J.; Felix M, Gradstein; Grinevald, Jacques; Haff, Peter K; Head, Martin J.; Ivar do Sul, Juliana; Jeandel, Catherine; Leinfelder, Reinhold; McNeill, John R; Oreskes, Naomi; Poirier, Clement; Revkin, Andrew; Richter, Daniel deB; Steffen, Will; Summerhayes, Colin; Syvitski, James; Vidas, Davor; Wagreich, Michael; Wing, Scott; Williams, Mark

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A range of published arguments against formalizing the Anthropocene as a geological time unit have variously suggested that it is a misleading term of non-stratigraphic origin and usage, is based on insignificant temporal and material stratigraphic content unlike that used to define older geological time units, is focused on observation of human history or speculation about the future rather than geologically significant events, and is driven more by politics than science. In response, we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/218203
Source: Newsletters on Stratigraphy
DOI: 10.1127/nos/2017/0385

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