Context: A group of scientists have identified a small lake in Canada as the ground zero for ‘Anthropocene’.

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What is Anthropocene?

  • It is an unofficial unit of geologic time which is used to denote the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems, especially since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. 
  • Neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) nor the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) has officially approved the term as a recognised subdivision of geologic time.
  • This term was first coined by Nobel Prize – winning chemist Paul Crutzen and biology professor Eugene Stoermer.
  • The phenomena’s which are associated with this geological time are global warming, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, mass-scale soil erosion, heat waves, deterioration of the biosphere and other detrimental changes in the environment.

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