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Human beings have forced the Earth into a new geological era


According to scientists, human activity is responsible for a new epoch. Our planet has entered a new geological era due to human activity.

It has been dubbed the Anthropocene Epoch and our activity has left a lasting imprint on the planet.

It follows the Holocene Epoch, which lasted 11,700 years and saw humans build civilisations.

The scientists believe that the proposed Anthropocene Epoch came to fruition as a result of a population boom in the mid-20th century which caused widespread environmental change, according to the report published in Science.

A new epoch has long been suggested but researchers have now been able to measure the impact that human activity has had on the world when looking at geological strata like sediments and ice.

The review showed that human activity has left a permanent imprint on the planet.

Dr Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey said: “Humans have long affected the environment, but recently there has been a rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminium, concrete and plastics, which are leaving their mark in sediments.

“Fossil-fuel combustion has dispersed fly ash particles worldwide, pretty well coincident with the peak distribution of the ‘bomb spike’ of radionuclides generated by atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.”

Professor Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester, chair of the 24 member Anthropocene Working Group added: “All of this shows that there is an underlying reality to the Anthropocene concept.

“Not only would this represent the first instance of a new epoch having been witnessed first hand by advanced human societies, it would be one stemming from the consequences of their own doing.”


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