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New geological era named the Meghalayan Age

By T.K. Randall
July 18, 2018 · Comment icon 22 comments

Welcome to the Meghalayan. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Scientists have announced that the last 4,200 years of Earth's history have been given an official name.
The Meghalayan Age, which covers more than four millennia, began with a period of catastrophic drought which crippled several civilizations for the better part of two centuries.

It is thought that shifts in ocean and atmospheric circulation were to blame.

Each distinctive period of Earth's history stretching back 4.6 billion years has its own name. Most of these 'epochs' are also subdivided in to several smaller 'ages', of which the Meghalayan is one.
Most of these subdivisions of our planet's past mark certain geological events and other disasters - such as asteroid strikes - which brought about significant change to life on Earth.

Our civilization exists within what is known as the Holocene Epoch which began 11,700 years ago.

Within the Holocene, the Meghalayan was preceded by the Northgrippian and Greenlandian ages.



Source: BBC News | Comments (22)




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Comment icon #13 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
   Missed that! 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Almighty Evan 6 years ago
Yes, haha, apply a label first, rather than recognize that at an earlier time when many now were not yet alive, America was MORE of a Christian nation THEN than now, which is what my post supported, But, as also I stated, since EVERYTHING has been politicized, I completely understand. Thank you for allowing me to state my position more clearly. Have a nice day!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
Our "Higher Power" is the same as the Siberian ( Tengri) and Chinese one (Tian). Kiitaaniituuwit  "The Living Universe" who is neither good nor evil but "Balance".  You do not worship the "Living Universe" because you are part of it and that would be "self worship" and like the Chinese and Siberians we believe we are not the center of the Universe, just part of it and nothing special.  That is nothing like the Christian "God".
Comment icon #16 Posted by Carnoferox 6 years ago
Well that doesn't have much to do with the current geological age, unless you believe it should be called Postdiluvian instead of Meghalayan.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Bavarian Raven 6 years ago
And before the Clovis people, there was probably yet another set of beliefs. But life goes on. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Socks Junior 6 years ago
I am inordinately excited now to point out Meghalayan sediments when passing litter on the side of the road. Or when seeing a rusty tin can in the desert. So many opportunities. There is also the fun of talking about how unexpected it is that the Great Flood arranged all the rocks in ways that can readily be explained by other means. Ah, sarcasm is low-hanging fruit, but it's also satisfying in some ways.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Almighty Evan 6 years ago
Whatever. I don't care what it's called, and won't be baited. Have a nice day!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Socks Junior 6 years ago
@Piney, you did some fieldwork related to the "Great Flood", right? 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
Which one? There were many in North America.   I helped track Lake Hudson. 
Comment icon #22 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
Sorry, Lake Albany too.


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