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Title A stratigraphical basis for the anthropocene / edited by C.N. Waters, British Geological Survey, UK [and four others].
Imprint London : The Geological Society, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource (vi, 321 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color).
Series Geological Society special publication, 0305-8719 ; no. 395
Geological Society special publication ; no. 395. 0305-8719
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Lyell Collection, Special Publications, Geological Society of London Web site, viewed May 23, 2014).
Subject Climatic changes -- Effect of human beings on.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Sequence stratigraphy.
Geological time.
Genre Electronic book.
Contents A stratigraphical basis for the Anthropocene? -- The 'Anthropocene' as a ratified unit in the ICS International Chronostratigraphic Chart: fundamental issues that must be addressed by the Task Group -- The term 'Anthropocene' in the context of formal geological classification -- Can an Anthropocene Series be defined and recognized? -- An assessment of lithostratigraphy for anthropogenic deposits -- The relationship between archaeological stratigraphy and artificial ground and its significance in the Anthropocene -- The mineral signature of the Anthropocene in its deep-time context -- Geomagnetic and mineral magnetic characterization of the Anthropocene -- Is the fossil record of complex animal behaviour a stratigraphical analogue for the Anthropocene? -- Palaeontological evidence for defining the Anthropocene -- Coral reefs in the Anthropocene: persistence or the end of the line? -- Microbiotic signatures of the Anthropocene in marginal marine and freshwater palaeoenvironments -- Assessing the Anthropocene with geochemical methods -- Definition of the Anthropocene: a view from the underworld -- Ice Sheets and the Anthropocene -- The release and persistence of radioactive anthropogenic nuclides -- Volcanic markers for dating the onset of the Anthropocene -- Technology as a geological phenomenon: implications for human well-being.
Summary Humankind has pervasively influenced the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere, arguably to the point of fashioning a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. To constrain the Anthropocene as a potential formal unit within the Geological Time Scale, a spectrum of indicators of anthropogenically-induced environmental change is considered, and shown as stratigraphical signals that may be used to characterize an Anthropocene unit, and to recognize its base. This volume describes a range of evidence that may help to define this potential new time unit and details key signatures that could be used in its definition. These signatures include lithostratigraphical (novel deposits, minerals and mineral magnetism), biostratigraphical (macro- and micro-palaeontological successions and human-induced trace fossils) and chemostratigraphical (organic, inorganic and radiogenic signatures in deposits, speleothems and ice and volcanic eruptions). We include, finally, the suggestion that humans have created a further sphere, the technosphere, that drives global change.
Other Author Waters, C. N.