Cath Neal Publishes Archaeological Insights on the Anthropocene

Posted on 28 December 2016

Article provides perspectives on the scale and diversity of the physical technosphere

Cath Neal is one of a number of authors from an international team who have just published about the changing impact of human activity on the planet in The Anthropocene Review. The technosphere is comprised of all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet – from houses, factories and farms to computer systems, smartphones and CDs, to the waste in landfills and spoil heaps. The mass of this sphere is now estimated to be approximately 30 trillion tons showing extremely rapid growth.

Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams, Colin N Waters, Anthony D Barnosky, John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Matt Edgeworth, Cath Neal, Alejandro Cearreta, Erle C Ellis, Jacques Grinevald, Peter Haff, Juliana A Ivar do Sul, Catherine Jeandel, Reinhold Leinfelder, John R McNeill, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Simon James Price, Andrew Revkin, Will Steffen, Colin Summerhayes, Davor Vidas, Scott Wing, and Alexander P Wolfe

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Scale and diversity of the physical technosphere: A geological perspective
The Anthropocene Review 2053019616677743, first published on November 28, 2016 doi:10.1177/2053019616677743