Defining the Anthropocene

  title={Defining the Anthropocene},
  author={S. Lewis and M. Maslin},
  • S. Lewis, M. Maslin
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine, History
  • Nature
  • Time is divided by geologists according to marked shifts in Earth’s state. Recent global environmental changes suggest that Earth may have entered a new human-dominated geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Here we review the historical genesis of the idea and assess anthropogenic signatures in the geological record against the formal requirements for the recognition of a new epoch. The evidence suggests that of the various proposed dates two do appear to conform to the criteria to mark the… CONTINUE READING
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