The stratigraphic basis of the Anthropocene Event

Matthew Edgeworth*, Philip Gibbard, Michael Walker, Dorothy Merritts, Stanley Finney, Mark Maslin

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

9 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


This paper outlines the stratigraphic basis of a proposed Anthropocene Event. It considers a diachronous event framework to be more appropriate for understanding the Anthropocene than treating it as a new geological series/epoch. Four general categories of material evidence are identified as of particular relevance: ‘artificial’ strata with natural constituents; humanly modified ground; legacy sediments; and ‘natural’ geo-deposits containing artefactual material. All these arise from the interaction and mixing of human, natural, and hybrid human-natural forces. Taken together, such stratigraphic evidence supports the case for recognising the Anthropocene as an unfolding event.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl100088
Nifer y tudalennau11
CyfnodolynQuaternary Science Advances
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar19 Mai 2023
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Gorff 2023

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