Geological Epoch

Epoch, Geological


an interval of time in the earth’s geological history, during which a layer of rock that forms a series was deposited. Epochs are subdivided into ages. Two or three epochs constitute a period. (See alsoGEOCHRONOLOGY.)

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Still less do we know of the mutual relations of the innumerable inhabitants of the world during the many past geological epochs in its history.
During the geological epochs the ocean originally prevailed everywhere.
Thus it may be that, contemporary with the later geological epochs, they are due to the expansion of natural forces.
The Pleistocene geological epoch, the most recent Ice Age, began 2.
Fanged kangaroos, known as balbarids, may have lived as recently as 10 million years ago, tagging their extinction to the later part of the Miocene instead of to the middle of that geological epoch.
Rather than just destroying an ecosystem, wiping out a species, or transforming a landscape, we've disturbed the functioning of the Earth's system as a whole, so much so that we have brought about a new geological epoch, from the Holocene to the Anthropocene.
Previous mass extinction events have marked the end of one geological epoch and heralded the start of another.
The human species has now begun to affect the planet on a scale that justifies labelling this era as a new geological epoch.
Human domination of the planet's ecosystems and the rapid increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases have caused scientists to propose that we now live in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (from the Greek anthropos, or human being).
The Rockefeller Foundation Lancet Commission on planetary health (2015) has called for the need to safeguard human health in what they called the "Anthropocene Epoch" - a new geological epoch that recognizes the impact of humanity on the earth's ecological systems.
The idea that the technological application of modern science has reconfigured the biogeophysical composition of the planet to such an extent that humanity has entered a new geological epoch of its own making (i.
International contributors in environmental studies, humanities, English, art, womenAEs studies, gender studies, queer studies, anthropology, earth science, and geography are united here to consider how feminism and queer theory deal with the Anthropocene era, the current geological epoch when human activities impact the environment on a massive scale surpassing the impact of nonhuman forces.

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