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It is customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end as superstitions T.H. Huxley, 1860.


Beginning from the Holecene human activity has increased and became more and more intensive as a results of transition from food appropriation to food production. It should be separated from the common group “activity of organisms” and considered as an independent geological agent increasingly affecting the course of many exogenous and some endogenous, processes. The course of these processes during the whole Proterozoic and Phanerozoic (about 2.5 billion years) is compared with that during the last 10 thousand years. The Earth's face changes quickly. This makes it possible to assert the transition from the Quaternary or the Pleistocene to the Quinary or the Technogene which has begun in the Holocene and will set in completely during the next millenium.


A partir de l'Holocène l'activité humaine s'est accrue et est, devenue de plus en plus intense du fait de la transition de l'appropriation de norriture à sa production. Elle doit être séparée du groupe commun «activité des organismes» et considérée comme un agent géologique indépendant, qui influence certains processus exogènes ainsi que quelques processus endogèssus endogènes. Le cours de ces processus pendant tout le Protérozoïque et le Phanerozoïque (environ 2.5 milliards années) est comparé à celui des 10 derniers millénaires. La face de la Terre change rapidement. Cela permet d'affirmer la transition du Quaternaire ou du Pleistocène au «Quinaire» ou «Technogène», qui a commencé à l'Holocène et se développera pendant le prochain millénaire.

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Ter-Stepanian, G. Beginning of the technogene. Bulletin of the International Association of Engineering Geology 38, 133–142 (1988).

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