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 A. Barnosky and Cl{\'e}ment 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. McNeill and D. Richter and W. Steffen and J. Syvitski and D. Vidas and M. Wagreich and Mark Williams and A. Zhisheng and J. Grinevald and E. Odada and N. Oreskes and A. P. Wolfe},
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… Expand
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  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 2019
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