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Petrifying Earth Process: The Stratigraphic Imprint of Key Earth System Parameters in the Anthropocene

Zalasiewicz, J; Steffen, Will; Leinfelder, Reinhold; Williams, Mark; Waters, Colin

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The Anthropocene concept arose within the Earth System science (ESS) community, albeit explicitly as a geological (stratigraphical) time term. Its current analysis by the stratigraphical community, as a potential formal addition to the Geological Time Scale, necessitates comparison of the methodologies and patterns of enquiry of these two communities. One means of comparison is to consider some of the most widely used results of the ESS, the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept of Rockström and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorZalasiewicz, J
dc.contributor.authorSteffen, Will
dc.contributor.authorLeinfelder, Reinhold
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Mark
dc.contributor.authorWaters, Colin
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-30T00:37:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0263-2764
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/245915
dc.description.abstractThe Anthropocene concept arose within the Earth System science (ESS) community, albeit explicitly as a geological (stratigraphical) time term. Its current analysis by the stratigraphical community, as a potential formal addition to the Geological Time Scale, necessitates comparison of the methodologies and patterns of enquiry of these two communities. One means of comparison is to consider some of the most widely used results of the ESS, the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept of Rockström and colleagues, and the ‘Great Acceleration’ graphs of Steffen and colleagues, in terms of their stratigraphical expression. This expression varies from virtually non-existent (stratospheric ozone depletion) to pronounced and many-faceted (primary energy use), while in some cases stratigraphical proxies may help constrain anthropogenic process (atmospheric aerosol loading). The Anthropocene concepts of the ESS and stratigraphy emerge as complementary, and effective stratigraphic definition should facilitate wider transdisciplinary communication.
dc.description.sponsorshipColin Waters publishes with the permission of the Executive Director, British Geological Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, and is funded by the British Geological Survey’s Engineering Geology programme.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2017
dc.sourceTheory, Culture and Society
dc.subjectAnthropocene
dc.subjectEarth System science
dc.subjectstratigraphy
dc.titlePetrifying Earth Process: The Stratigraphic Imprint of Key Earth System Parameters in the Anthropocene
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor049999 - Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB7025
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationZalasiewicz, J, Leicester University
local.contributor.affiliationSteffen, Will, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLeinfelder, Reinhold, Freie Universitat
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Mark, University of Leicester
local.contributor.affiliationWaters, Colin, British Geological Survey
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2-3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage83
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage104
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0263276417690587
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:55:55Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85019157446
local.identifier.thomsonID000400908900005
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