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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

Colin N Waters, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Summerhayes, Anthony D Barnosky, Clément Poirier, Agnieszka Gałuszka, Alejandro Cearreta, Matt Edgeworth, Erle C Ellis, Michael Ellis, Catherine Jeandel, Reinhold Leinfelder, J R McNeill, Daniel deB Richter, Will Steffen, James Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Mark Williams, An Zhisheng, Jacques Grinevald, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Alexander 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 19 <1%
Brazil 10 <1%
United Kingdom 9 <1%
Italy 9 <1%
France 6 <1%
Germany 5 <1%
Canada 5 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
Other 26 <1%
Unknown 2576 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 510 19%
Researcher 406 15%
Student > Master 376 14%
Student > Bachelor 325 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 131 5%
Other 425 16%
Unknown 498 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 568 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 465 17%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 368 14%
Social Sciences 162 6%
Engineering 73 3%
Other 423 16%
Unknown 612 23%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1938. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 January 2024.
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#4,871
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Outputs from Science
#271
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Outputs of similar age
#38
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Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 1,171 outputs
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