Monday, November 10, 2008

Day 143: A new era: the Anthropocene

An-My Lê, from the Trap Rock series

"All of recorded human history has taken place within the Holocene, which textbooks and encyclopedias explain is still unfolding today.

But now, a distinguished group of British geologists has provocatively proposed that the Holocene is over and that we have entered a new geological era - the Anthropocene - in which humans have left such a distinctive footprint on the Earth's surface through carbon pollution, nuclear fallout, urbanization and other traces of our immense technological power that it should be officially recognized by international scientific bodies as "a formal epoch." -from

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