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Humans have ushered in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, according to a panel of scientists.
Experts have voted to recognise the term and the dawn of the epoch, a vast period of geological time spanning millennia, but it will be several years before the term is fully accepted.
Term - Man - Origin - Middle - Humans
The term means 'Age of man' and its origin will be back-dated to the middle of the 20th-century to mark when humans started irrevocably damaging the planet.
Scientists are now working on defining when it started and what geological feature best describes its initiation.
Quest - 'golden - Spike - Hydrogen - Bomb
This quest for a so-called 'golden spike' may include the Hydrogen bomb tests of the 50s which produced vast amounts of radioactive matter immortalised in the world's geological records.
The explosion of chicken farming and increased fossil fuel incineration are also potential signs of the Anthropocene, leaving an indelible mark on the world.
Professor - Jan - Zalasiewicz - University - Leicester
Professor Jan Zalasiewicz, from the University of Leicester, chaired the panel of experts on the issue who took their first formal vote this week.
The result and start of the term's acceptance is unsurprising as it passed an informal vote in 2016 at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town.
Anthropocene - Unit - Time - Process - Strata
'The Anthropocene works as a geological unit of time, process and strata,' said Professor Zalasiewicz.
'It is distinguishable. It is distinctive.'
Today - Action - Order - Spike - Indicator
Today will see them discuss what further action is required in order to find a 'golden spike' - a clear indicator of the Anthropocene in the geological record.
This clear marker the researchers are searching for is technically called a Global boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) and the future of the Anthropocene hinges on its discovery.
Spike - Date - Location
The spike nails down a date, but also pinpoints a primary 'signal' at a specific location.
The 34-member Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) will now build a proposal to put...
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