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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, Agnieszka Galuszka, Daniel de B. Richter, Waters, Colin N, Zalasiewicz, Jan, Summerhayes, Colin, Barnosky, Anthony D, Poirier, Clément, Gałuszka, Agnieszka, Cearreta, Alejandro, Edgeworth, Matt, Ellis, Erle C, Ellis, Michael, Jeandel, Catherine, Leinfelder, Reinhold, McNeill, J R, Richter, Daniel deB, Steffen, Will, Syvitski, James, Vidas, Davor, Wagreich, Michael, Williams, Mark, Zhisheng, An, Grinevald, Jacques, Odada, Eric, Oreskes, Naomi, Wolfe, Alexander P, Waters, Colin N., 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, 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 28 3%
Brazil 13 1%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Germany 9 <1%
Italy 9 <1%
Canada 7 <1%
France 7 <1%
India 5 <1%
Mexico 4 <1%
Other 37 4%
Unknown 794 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 242 26%
Researcher 189 20%
Student > Master 141 15%
Student > Bachelor 114 12%
Professor 57 6%
Other 182 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 244 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 234 25%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 176 19%
Social Sciences 66 7%
Unspecified 56 6%
Other 149 16%

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#490
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