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Thursday, January 31, 2008 

Geologists Say Man-Made Changes Have Created New Epoch In Earth's History

"Geologists from the University of Leicester propose that humankind has so altered the Earth that it has brought about an end to one epoch of Earth's history and marked the start of a new epoch.

Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams at the University of Leicester and their colleagues on the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London have presented their research in the journal GSA Today.

In it, they suggest humans have so changed the Earth that on the planet the Holocene epoch has ended and we have entered a new epoch - the Anthropocene.

They have identified human impact through phenomena such as:
* Transformed patterns of sediment erosion and deposition worldwide
* Major disturbances to the carbon cycle and global temperature
* Wholesale changes to the world's plants and animals
* Ocean acidification "


Reactionary right wing mouthpieces will argue that none of this is occuring and will completely deny that mankind has affected the planet negatively. It is unfortunate that in our modern world, their uninformed opinion carries any weight at all.

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