Climate, Fire and Human Evolution. The Deep Time Dimensions of the Athropocene

Andrew Glikson, Colin Groves

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    The book outlines principal milestones in the evolution of the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere during the last 4 million years in relation with the evolution from primates to the genus Homo - which uniquely mastered the ignition and transfer of fire. Further to burning a large part of the forests, the discovery of combustion and exhumation of carbon from the Earth's hundreds of millions of years-old fossil biospheres set the stage for an anthropogenic oxidation event, effecting an abrupt shift in the state of the atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere systems. The consequent ongoing extinction equals the past five great mass extinctions of species - constituting a geological event horizon in the history of planet Earth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
    Number of pages234
    ISBN (Print)9783319225111
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    NameModern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences


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