Yesterday I Couldn’t Spell Anthropocene ~ Today I Find Out I Am Part Of The Cause

January 8, 2016
The mushroom cloud of the first test of a hydrogen bomb “Ivy Mike” looms over the Pacific Ocean in 1952. Scientists propose that a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, began in 1950, marked in rocks and sediments by the fallout from nuclear tests during the 1950s and 1960s. (Reuters)

Hi Luv et alii,

In the new paper summarizing their findings, they list a large number of “markers” that humans have left in rock, soil and ice around the world. In addition to the radioactive fallout, they make a note of:





Copper alloys

Elemental aluminum (only found as an ore in nature).


Black carbon and other particles from fossil fuel combustion.

High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers and pesticides.

The start of new epochs is often accompanied by climate change and mass extinctions, both of which humans are causing now.

“Humans now control several of the fundamental dials or knobs on the planetary system,” said Alexander Wolfe, an adjunct professor of paelobiology at the University of Alberta who is a member of the working group and a co-author of the paper.

Wolfe studies the remains of lake microorganisms in sediments deposited over decades and centuries, and says he has personally observed enormous changes marking the past 50 years.’

I suppose that I could be honoured to be part of the creation of a new Epoch, but considering the markers… I’m not.

Are you?

The Old (and ashamed) Man



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