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Have humans created a new geological age ?
May 12, 2011 | 19 comments
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Have we so irrevocably altered our planet that we've actually entered in to a new geological age ?
This topic will be discussed at length on Wednesday during a major conference at the Geological Society in London. Over the last 11,700 years we have been in the Holocene epoch - are we now in the so-called Anthropocene age ?
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester is one of the leading proponents of the Anthropocene theory. He told BBC News: "Simply put, our planet no longer functions in the way that it once did. Atmosphere, climate, oceans, ecosystems… they're all now operating outside Holocene norms. This strongly suggests we've crossed an epoch boundary. "
Source: BBC News
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