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Geologists reject the Anthropocene as Earth’s new epoch — after 15 years of debate

An aerial view of a lake surrounded by trees.

The sediments of Crawford Lake near Toronto, Canada, have collected and preserved signs of humanity’s impact on Earth, including microplastics and plutonium from hydrogen-bomb tests. Credit: The Canadian Press/Alamy

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Nature 627, 249-250 (2024)


Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 06 March 2024: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that there was a ten-year waiting period before a failed proposal could be resubmitted to the SQS. That waiting period applies to different circumstances, and there is no existing guidance on resubmitting failed proposals.


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