Up until now, scientists have referred to us as being in the Holocene epoch
that began with the end of the Ice Age.
Yes, we are bringing the Holocene Epoch
to a dismal end, and we need to face the full horror of what we are doing.
To date, all human culture--our written history, our massive population growth, and the movement toward urban life--has been contained within the Holocene Epoch
Among the topics discussed are carbonate and karst cave geology, inorganic water chemistry, the architecture of speleothems, and testing the climate and environmental proxies of the Holocene epoch
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Some scientists are even in favor of announcing the end of the Holocene epoch
and naming the current epoch the "Anthropocene," signaling a period in which humankind is the dominant natural force on the planet.
To validate the Anthropocene, all these changes will be measured against the range of variation in our current geological period -- the Holocene epoch
-- which began some 12,000 years ago as Earth emerged from the last ice age.
During the last 12 000 years (the Holocene epoch
), when climate has been relatively stable, levels of greenhouse gases show less variability.
The first study establishes a new composite curve for the changing sea level in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the Holocene Epoch
, that is, since the height of the most recent ice age.
The agricultural revolution initiating the Holocene epoch
allowed certain Eurasian populations to explode, says Hawks, and for increasingly complex human cultures to flourish.