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Cartography of the Athropocene

 
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biffvernon



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Cartography of the Athropocene Reply with quote

Here's an atlas of the Athropocene (with rather nice pictures)

http://www.globaia.org/en/anthropocene/
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:33 pm    Post subject: Anthropocene Reply with quote

Like it! Notice the graph of the number of McDonald's restaurants (next to paper use)...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good. Some of those graphs should be the other way up though; the biodiversity is misleading at first glance.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I'm rather doubtful as to whether the Anthropocene will turn out to merit the status of a geological epoch. It may not last long enough and should therefore be regarded as an end Holocene boundary layer associated with a mass extinction event.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a bit of news which will help narrow that boundary.

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Denmark this week launched its first formal strategy for the Arctic region, a plan intended to facilitate private investment and help international companies enter the far north as the ice melts and vast natural resources become accessible, the country’s foreign minister said in an interview.


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Chinese interest in mining in Greenland—with its wealth of copper, nickel, zinc, gold, diamonds and platinum, among other minerals— offers financial hope for the island, which receives 40% of its state budget in Danish subsidies.

The biggest Danish Arctic asset, however, is the vast oil and gas reserves off the coast of Greenland. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates reserves of 31 billion barrels of oil equivalent yet to be tapped off the west coast, while another 17 billion are estimated to sit under the seabed off the island’s east coast.

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