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Chapter 16: The ‘Anthropocene’
Whereas geomorphology (landform science) gave insufficient attention to human impact until the second half of the 20th century, subsequent studies of the impact of human agency on the Earth's surface and its processes are now known to be substantial. This has produced a range of overarching concepts and terms. For geomorphologists it has involved measuring the consequences, deciding what is ‘natural’, and reviewing their research agenda. The degree of human impact has encouraged the proposal that the Anthropocene should be defined as a new era in the geological timescale.
Paul J. Crutzen (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000) wrote that ‘Considering [these and] many other major and still growing impacts of human activities on earth and atmosphere, and at all, including global, ...