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The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact


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The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact

Elizabeth Kolbert

The Holocene - or "wholly recent" epoch - is what geologists call the11,000 years or so since the end of the last ice age. As epochs go, theHolocene is barely out of diapers; its immediate predecessor, thePleistocene, lasted more than two million years, while many earlierepochs, like the Eocene, went on for more than 20 million years. Still,the Holocene may be done for.