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Anthropocene Epoch UPSC NOTE

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  • Scientists recently proposed formalising an ‘Anthropocene Epoch’ on the geologic time scale, triggering several debates.

  • The earth’s geological history is divided into multiple epochs depending on their natural character. 

  • We are officially currently in the Holocene Epoch, which started around 11,700 years ago. 

  • But many scientists believe the Holocene Epoch has ended and the Anthropocene Epoch has started.

  •  A period of time characterised by humankind’s large-scale effects on the earth, including climate change and pollution.

What is Anthropocene Epoch?

  • The Anthropocene Epoch is a proposed geologic time period that reflects the significant impact humans have had on Earth's geology and ecosystems. 

  • It's distinct from the current official epoch, the Holocene, which began around 11,700 years ago after the last ice age.

  • The Anthropocene is not yet formally recognized by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the official body for naming geological time periods.

  • The defining characteristic of the Anthropocene is the substantial influence of human actions on

Earth's systems. 

  • This influence is evident in climate change, biodiversity loss, and changes in land use.

  • There's no universally agreed-upon starting point for the Anthropocene



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Anthropocene Epoch UPSC NOTE
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