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STRATI 2013 pp 981-982 | Cite as

Do Old Mining Waste Deposits from Austria Define an “Old” Anthropocene?

  • Michael WagreichEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Mining waste deposits from Austrian Stone Age mining are the oldest anthropogenic deposits recognized on geological maps of Austria. These anthropogenic deposits come from extensive Bronze Age mining for copper (e.g., the Mitterberg area, Salzburg District) and salt (e.g., the Hallstatt area, Upper Austria), having an age around 1400 BC. Based on these mapped geological units, which should be included into a forthcoming definition of the Anthropocene, I argue for an “old” base of the Anthropocene to include such anthropogenic deposits.

Keywords

Anthropocene Mining waste Austria Stone age 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geodynamics and SedimentologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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