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Title: Petrifying Earth Process: The Stratigraphic Imprint of Key Earth System Parameters in the Anthropocene
Authors: Zalasiewicz, Jan
Steffen, Will
Leinfelder, Reinhold
Williams, Mark
Waters, Colin
First Published: 13-Feb-2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Theory, Culture & Society, 2017, 34 (2-3), pp. 83-104
Abstract: The Anthropocene concept arose within the Earth System science (ESS) community, albeit explicitly as a geological (stratigraphical) time term. Its current analysis by the stratigraphical community, as a potential formal addition to the Geological Time Scale, necessitates comparison of the methodologies and patterns of enquiry of these two communities. One means of comparison is to consider some of the most widely used results of the ESS, the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept of Rockström and colleagues, and the ‘Great Acceleration’ graphs of Steffen and colleagues, in terms of their stratigraphical expression. This expression varies from virtually non-existent (stratospheric ozone depletion) to pronounced and many-faceted (primary energy use), while in some cases stratigraphical proxies may help constrain anthropogenic process (atmospheric aerosol loading). The Anthropocene concepts of the ESS and stratigraphy emerge as complementary, and effective stratigraphic definition should facilitate wider transdisciplinary communication.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0263276417690587
ISSN: 0263-2764
eISSN: 1460-3616
Links: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0263276417690587
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/41087
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017. The Authors. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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