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Main Title Evolution of the Atmosphere, Fire and the Anthropocene Climate Event Horizon [electronic resource] /
Author Glikson, Andrew Y.
Publisher Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2014
Call Number GB3-5030
ISBN 9789400773325
Subjects Geography. ; Anthropology. ; Archaeology. ; Human Geography.
Internet Access
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Collation XIV, 174 p. 90 illus., 85 illus. in color. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Early atmosphere-biosphere systems -- Palaeozoic and Mesozoic atmospheres -- Cenozoic atmospheres and early Hominins -- A flammable biosphere -- Homo Prometheus: a fire species -- Climate and Holocene civilizations -- Homo sapiens' war against nature -- An uncharted climate territory -- Homo Prometheus. Unique among all creatures, further to the increase in its cranial volume from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens, the use of tools and cultural and scientific creativity, the genus Homo is distinguished by the mastery of fire, which since about two million years ago has become its blueprint. Through the Holocene and culminating in the Anthropocene, the burning of much of the terrestrial vegetation, excavation and combustion of fossil carbon from up to 420 million years-old biospheres, are leading to a global oxidation event on a geological scale, a rise in entropy in nature and the sixth mass extinction of species.