A ‘proper’ stratigraphic view of the ‘Anthropocene’

Readers may recall my occasional rants over the years against the growing bandwagoning for an  ‘Anthropocene‘ epoch at the top of the stratigraphic column. I , for one, was delighted to find in the latest issue of GSA Today a more sober assessment of the campaign by two stratigraphers who are well placed to have a real say in whether or not the ‘Anthropocene’ is acceptable, one serving on the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the other on the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (Finney, S.C. & Edwards, L.E. 2016. The “Anthropocene” epoch: Scientific decision or political statement? GSA Today, v. 26 (3–4).

4 thoughts on “A ‘proper’ stratigraphic view of the ‘Anthropocene’

  1. Core Concept: Are we in the “Anthropocene”?
    John Carey
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    vol. 113 no. 15
    3908–3909, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603152113


    1. Dear Piso Mojado

      Thanks for the link to the PNAS piece on progress towards an Anthropocene Epoch. ICS chair Stan Finney puts it very nicely – ‘The leaders of the [anthropocene] working group are having too much fun publishing and getting publicity’ for them to get round to submit a proposal to the International Commission on Stratigraphy. The easiest but most boring means of resolving the issue is to propose a change to the name of the Holocene. But, somehow, I can’t imagine that being a coup for the AWG.

      ‘Wet Floor’ is an excellent handle by the way!

      Steve Drury


    1. Thanks for the link, PM. It’s good to find support for my view of the ‘Anthropocene’. I’ll probably write a piece about it. Regards Steve Drury


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