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Geology of Mankind

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For the past three centuries, the effects of humans on the global environment have escalated. Because of these anthro-pogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, global climate may depart significantly from natural behaviour for many millennia to come. It seems appropriate to assign the term ‘Anthropocene’ to the present, in many ways human-dominated, geological epoch, supplementing the Holocene—the warm period of the past 10–12 millennia.

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  • Continental Shelf
  • Warm Period
  • Natural Behaviour
  • Ozone Hole
  • Sulphur Dioxide Emission

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The text was first published as: Paul J. Crutzen: Geology of mankind—The Anthropocene. Nature, 415, 2002: 23. The permission to republish this artiucle was granted on 19 August 2015 by Ms. Claire Smith, Nature Publishing Group & Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.

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    These presentations can be listened to on the website of the Max-Planck Institute on Chemistry (MPIC) at: http://www.mpic.de/aktuelles/pressemeldungen/news/konferenz-zu-ehren-von-atmosphaerenchemiker-paul-crutzen.html. The English programme is at: http://www.mpic.de/fileadmin/user_upload/images_presse/Images_PIs/Crutzen_Symposium/Program_Anthropocene_Symposium_SB11_small.pdf. The presentations can also be approached on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0HuKpbMREU.

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Crutzen, P.J. (2016). Geology of Mankind. In: Crutzen, P., Brauch, H. (eds) Paul J. Crutzen: A Pioneer on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change in the Anthropocene. SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice(), vol 50. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27460-7_10

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