January 8, 2016
'In the new paper summarizing their findings, they list a large number of "markers" that humans have left in rock, soil and ice around the world. In addition to the radioactive fallout, they make a note of:
Elemental aluminum (only found as an ore in nature).
Black carbon and other particles from fossil fuel combustion.
High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers and pesticides.
The start of new epochs is often accompanied by climate change and mass extinctions, both of which humans are causing now.
"Humans now control several of the fundamental dials or knobs on the planetary system," said Alexander Wolfe, an adjunct professor of paelobiology at the University of Alberta who is a member of the working group and a co-author of the paper.
Wolfe studies the remains of lake microorganisms in sediments deposited over decades and centuries, and says he has personally observed enormous changes marking the past 50 years.'
I suppose that I could be honoured to be part of the creation of a new Epoch, but considering the markers... I'm not.
The Old (and ashamed) Man