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The Anthropocene as a Geological Time Unit A Guide to the Scientific Evidence and Current Debate

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By: Jan Zalasiewicz(Editor), Colin N Waters(Editor), Mark Williams(Editor), Colin Peter Summerhayes(Editor)
369 pages, 8 plates with colour illustrations; 135 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
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About this book

The Anthropocene, a term launched into public debate by Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen, has been used informally to describe the time period during which human actions have had a drastic effect on the Earth and its ecosystems. The Anthropocene as a Geological Time Unit presents evidence for defining the Anthropocene as a geological epoch, written by the high-profile international team analysing its potential addition to the Geological Time Scale. The evidence ranges from chemical signals arising from pollution, to landscape changes associated with urbanisation, and biological changes associated with species invasion and extinctions. Global environmental change is placed within the context of planetary processes and deep geological time, allowing the reader to appreciate the scale of human-driven change and compare the global transition taking place today with major transitions in Earth history. This is an authoritative review of the Anthropocene for graduate students and academic researchers across scientific, social science and humanities disciplines.

Contents

1. History and Development of the Anthropocene as a Stratigraphical Concept Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Waters, Mark Williams, Colin Summerhayes, Martin Head, Reinhold Leinfelder, Jacques Grinevald, John McNeill, Naomi Oreskes, Will Steffen, Scott Wing, Phil Gibbard, Davor Vidas, Trevor Hancock and Anthony Barnosky
2. Stratigraphic Signatures of the Anthropocene Bob Hazen, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Waters, Andy Smith, Neil Rose, Agnieszka Galuszka, An Zhisheng, Simon Price, Daniel deB. Richter, Sharon A Billings, James Syvitski and Colin Summerhayes
3. The Biostratigraphical Signature of the Anthropocene Mark Williams, Anthony Barnosky, Jan Zalasiewicz, Martin Head, Ian Wilkinson, David Aldridge, Colin Waters, Valentin Bault and Reinhold Leinfelder
4. The Tectonosphere and its Physical Stratigraphical Record Peter Haff, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Waters, Mark Williams, Anthony Barnosky, Reinhold Leinfelder and Juliana Ivar do Sul
5. Anthropocene Chemostratigraphy Ian Fairchild, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Summerhayes, Colin Waters, Reinhold Leinfelder, Agnieszka Galuszka, Michael Wagreich, Neil Rose, Irka Hajdas and Catherine Jeandel
6. Climate Change and the Anthropocene Colin Summerhayes and Alejandro Cearreta
7. The Stratigraphical Boundary of the Anthropocene Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin Waters, Mark Williams, Colin Summerhayes, Eric Odada, Michael Wagreich, Erich Draganits, Matt Edgeworth, J.R. McNeill, Will Steffen and Martin Head

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Biography

Contributors:
- Jan Zalasiewicz
- Colin Waters
- Mark Williams
- Colin Summerhayes
- Martin Head
- Reinhold Leinfelder
- Jacques Grinevald
- John McNeill
- Naomi Oreskes
- Will Steffen
- Scott Wing
- Phil Gibbard
- Davor Vidas
- Trevor Hancock
- Anthony Barnosky
- Bob Hazen
- Andy Smith
- Neil Rose
- Agnieszka Galuszka
- An Zhisheng
- Simon Price
- Daniel deB. Richter
- Sharon A Billings
- James Syvitski
- Ian Wilkinson
- David Aldridge
- Valentin Bault
- Peter Haff
- Juliana Ivar do Sul
- Ian Fairchild
- Michael Wagreich
- Irka Hajdas
- Catherine Jeandel
- Alejandro Cearreta
- Eric Odada
- Erich Draganits
- Matt Edgeworth
- J. R. McNeill

New
By: Jan Zalasiewicz(Editor), Colin N Waters(Editor), Mark Williams(Editor), Colin Peter Summerhayes(Editor)
369 pages, 8 plates with colour illustrations; 135 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Media reviews

Advance praise:

"A very timely account of the progress and problems in defining the Anthropocene from its geological signature. The authors have brought together a plethora of scattered evidence to clarify where the science is now, and how it will impact on so many fields, from atmospheric and ocean chemistry to the legal system. This book will be hard to beat as a summary of the impact of humankind on the permanent record that will be entombed in the rocks of the future."
– Richard Fortey, FRS, Natural History Museum

"Geologists' notion of the Anthropocene is one of the most powerful frames through which we can redefine humanity's changing relationship with the planet, and this hugely impressive book provides the definitive scientific account."
– Iain Stewart, BBC TV presenter, University of Plymouth

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