The geology of the Anthropocene

Price, Simon James; Ford, Jonathan Richard; Cooper, Anthony H.; Aldiss, Don; Brown, Teresa; Smith, Alan. 2012 The geology of the Anthropocene. In: 34th International Geological Congress: Theme 4.2. Global Geochemical Mapping: understanding the chemical Earth, Brisbane, Australia, 5-10 Aug 2012. (Unpublished)

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Humans have become major global forces in reshaping the Earth’s surface. The deliberate shift of soil and rock for large scale and rapid urbanisation, waste disposal and mineral exploitation, humans has transformed the landscape. Some estimates suggest that the material moved annually by humans exceeds that transported by rivers to the oceans by a factor of almost three. The global impact of humans on landscape evolution and the sedimentary cycle is significant. Evidence for this landscape transformation and anthropogenic sedimentation is commonly left behind in the geological and archaeological record, in the form of anthropogenic landforms and Artificial Ground. In association with anthropogenic changes to the other parts of the physical, chemical and biological earth system, some scientists argue that there is evidence that we have entered a new geological Epoch: the Anthropocene.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Land Use, Planning and Development
Date made live: 07 Aug 2012 14:26 +0 (UTC)

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