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Title: Colonization of the Americas, ‘little ice age’ climate, and bombproduced carbon: Their role in defining the anthropocene
Authors: Zalasiewicz, Jan
Waters, C. N.
Barnosky, A. D.
Cearreta, A
Edgeworth, Matt
Ellis, E. C.
Gałuszka, A.
Gibbard, P. L.
Grinevald, J.
Hajdas, I.
Do Sul, J. I.
Jeandel, C.
Leinfelder, R.
McNeill, J. R.
Poirier, C.
Revkin, A.
Richter, D. D. B.
Steffen, W.
Summerhayes, C.
Syvitski, J. P. M.
Vidas, D.
Wagreich, M.
Williams, Mark
Wolfe, A. P.
First Published: 29-May-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Anthropocene Review, 2015, 2 (2), pp. 117-127
Abstract: A recently published analysis by Lewis and Maslin (Lewis SL and Maslin MA (2015) Defining the Anthropocene. Nature 519: 171–180) has identified two new potential horizons for the Holocene−Anthropocene boundary: 1610 (associated with European colonization of the Americas), or 1964 (the peak of the excess radiocarbon signal arising from atom bomb tests). We discuss both of these novel suggestions, and consider that there is insufficient stratigraphic basis for the former, whereas placing the latter at the peak of the signal rather than at its inception does not follow normal stratigraphical practice. Wherever the boundary is eventually placed, it should be optimized to reflect stratigraphical evidence with the least possible ambiguity.
DOI Link: 10.1177/2053019615587056
ISSN: 2053-0196
eISSN: 2053-020X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, The Authors. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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