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The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2016
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Title
The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene
Published in
Science, January 2016
DOI 10.1126/science.aad2622
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Authors

C. N. Waters, J. Zalasiewicz, C. Summerhayes, A. D. Barnosky, C. Poirier, A. Ga uszka, A. Cearreta, M. Edgeworth, E. C. Ellis, M. Ellis, C. Jeandel, R. Leinfelder, J. R. McNeill, D. d. Richter, W. Steffen, J. Syvitski, D. Vidas, M. Wagreich, M. Williams, A. Zhisheng, J. Grinevald, E. Odada, N. Oreskes, A. P. Wolfe

Abstract

Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth. Vigorous debate continues about whether this warrants recognition as a new geologic time unit known as the Anthropocene. We review anthropogenic markers of functional changes in the Earth system through the stratigraphic record. The appearance of manufactured materials in sediments, including aluminum, plastics, and concrete, coincides with global spikes in fallout radionuclides and particulates from fossil fuel combustion. Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles have been substantially modified over the past century. Rates of sea-level rise and the extent of human perturbation of the climate system exceed Late Holocene changes. Biotic changes include species invasions worldwide and accelerating rates of extinction. These combined signals render the Anthropocene stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene and earlier epochs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 20 1%
Brazil 11 <1%
United Kingdom 9 <1%
Italy 9 <1%
France 7 <1%
Germany 7 <1%
Canada 6 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Other 26 1%
Unknown 1746 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 409 22%
Researcher 318 17%
Student > Master 288 16%
Student > Bachelor 233 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 101 5%
Other 317 17%
Unknown 181 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 444 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 378 20%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 290 16%
Social Sciences 129 7%
Arts and Humanities 60 3%
Other 265 14%
Unknown 281 15%

Attention Score in Context

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#1,815
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#129
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#28
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