The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene

  title={The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene},
  author={C. Waters and J. Zalasiewicz and C. Summerhayes and Anthony D Barnosky and C. Poirier and A. Gałuszka and A. Cearreta and M. Edgeworth and Erle C. Ellis and M. Ellis and C. Jeandel and R. Leinfelder and J. R. McNeill and D. Richter and W. Steffen and J. Syvitski and Davor Vidas and M. Wagreich and M. Williams and A. Zhisheng and Jacques Grinevald and E. Odada and N. Oreskes and A. Wolfe},
  • C. Waters, J. Zalasiewicz, +21 authors A. Wolfe
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Evidence of an Anthropocene epoch Humans are undoubtedly altering many geological processes on Earth—and have been for some time. But what is the stratigraphic evidence for officially distinguishing this new human-dominated time period, termed the “Anthropocene,” from the preceding Holocene epoch? Waters et al. review climatic, biological, and geochemical signatures of human activity in sediments and ice cores. Combined with deposits of new materials and radionuclides, as well as human-caused… CONTINUE READING

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