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STRATI 2013 pp 989-993 | Cite as

Evidence for a Stratigraphic Basis for the Anthropocene

  • Colin N. WatersEmail author
  • Jan Zalasiewicz
  • Mark Williams
  • Simon J. Price
  • Jon R. Ford
  • Anthony H. Cooper
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

The Anthropocene was proposed as a term (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000) before consideration was given to the nature of the key signatures, contrasting with standard procedures for defining such units. The term is being widely used in both popular and scientific publications before a decision is made as to whether it warrants formalisation and definition of a Global Stratigraphic Section and Point (GSSP). The deliberate human modification of the landscape and its subsurface, and the creation of human-generated novel sedimentary deposits, minerals, and landforms, are characteristic features of the development of Earth’s surface and near surface, which has accelerated in the past two centuries. The large-scale intentional excavation, transportation, and deposition of mixtures of rock and soil to form anthropogenic deposits and landforms represent a new geological process that could be used as a diagnostic signature of the Anthropocene.

Keywords

Anthropocene Stratigraphy Anthropogenic deposits 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin N. Waters
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jan Zalasiewicz
    • 2
  • Mark Williams
    • 2
  • Simon J. Price
    • 1
  • Jon R. Ford
    • 1
  • Anthony H. Cooper
    • 1
  1. 1.British Geological Survey, Environmental Science CentreNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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