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Time for a new epoch? - the Anthropocene

The notion that the influence on earth's systems by humankind is so great that this phase of earth's history needs a proper name is not new, already in 1873 the Italian geologist Antonio Stoppani suggested the term Anthropozoic , in 1879 the American geologist Joseph LeConte discusses in his textbook the Psychozoic and in 1927 the French philosoph Édouard Louis Emmanuel Julien Le Roy adopts the Noosphere from Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky to denote the third epoch of earth - after the inanimate geosphere and animate biosphere the epoch of human thought has begun...

July 22, 2011 — David Bressan
The Sciences

The discovery of the periglacial realm

With this first regular post I would briefly introduce one of my favourite field (in the geological sense) of interests - the periglacial zone and one of its largest and most characteristic landscape features.The term periglacial was introduced by the Polish geologist Walery von Lozinsk in 1910 and 1911 to describe the particular mechanical weathering he had observed in sandstones of the Gorgany Range in the southern Carpathian Mountains...

July 7, 2011 — David Bressan

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