Understanding the Anthropocene through the lens of landfill microbiomes

  title={Understanding the Anthropocene through the lens of landfill microbiomes},
  author={Yigal Achmon and Moshe Achmon and Forrest Ryan Dowdy and Orr Spiegel and Joshua Claypool and Juliano Toniato and Christopher W. Simmons},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
T Anthropocene epoch is generally defined as a new geological period created by the impact of rapidly intensifying human activities on the environment (Waters et al. 2016), although the definition and acceptance of this term are still debated in the geological community (SQS 2017). One of the main challenges pertaining to the study of the Anthropocene is that it is still in its infancy, and its duration so far covers only a brief moment in geological time. However, this provides an opportunity… 
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