The stratigraphic basis of the Anthropocene Event

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Gibbard, P 
Walker, M 
Merritts, D 
Finney, S 
Abstract

This paper outlines the stratigraphic basis of a proposed Anthropocene Event. It considers a diachronous event framework to be more appropriate for understanding the Anthropocene than treating it as a new geological series/epoch. Four general categories of material evidence are identified as of particular relevance: ‘artificial’ strata with natural constituents; humanly modified ground; legacy sediments; and ‘natural’ geo-deposits containing artefactual material. All these arise from the interaction and mixing of human, natural, and hybrid human-natural forces. Taken together, such stratigraphic evidence supports the case for recognising the Anthropocene as an unfolding event.

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37 Earth Sciences, 3705 Geology
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Quaternary Science Advances
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2666-0334
2666-0334
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Elsevier BV