Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The New Epoch: Anthropocene



An epoch is a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event or a unit of geological time – as a point of reference, you may remember Ross Gellar on Friends going on and on about the Mesozoic or Paleozoic eras.

Geologists have been considering adding a new epoch for the modern day: the Anthropocene. This epoch measures the first time in Earth's history when humans have become a predominant geophysical force. The article says, “Naming such a new epoch would also recognize that humans now share responsibility with natural forces for the state of our planet's ecological environment.”
This epoch has been discussed since its coining in 2000 by geologist Paul Crutzen, but is gaining steam.

It is interesting to think how our use of land and natural resources has such a profound impact on the planet itself.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

To me, this is actually a pretty big step in awareness. I think the average Joe associates the outcry of being green with climatologists, environmentalists and Al Gore. Having another branch of science (geology in this instance) identify -- in a lasting way -- that humans cause real change in the planet is big. This is something that would be noted in textbooks other than climate theory... . I'm down with the new epoch!

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