A hundred million years from now, when we’re all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere …and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. That skinny strip, when they look close, will send what’s called a “biostratigraphic signal” that something enormous happened back in our era, something life-changing, planet-reorganizing, even Earth-shaping. The evidence, when they look closely, will be visible in that same skinny layer all over the world. In her new book, The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert describes what they’ll find.
via Is Planet Earth Under New Management? : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.
My only comment on this one is, if you haven’t heard the term “Anthropocene”, please consider reading this article. It’s short.
6 thoughts on “Is Planet Earth Under New Management? : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR”
The extinction of what we consider Humanity to be is inevitable and how could it be otherwise as this is the fate of all species. We can and will genetically engineer people to such a degree especially as to their intelligence and relationship to machines that they will scarcely be recognizable to the people that live today.
People might consider alternate uses of the few years any of us has left in our very short lives to do something other than imagine what some future geologist who will be acculturated as we are now and what this creature might make of our sediments.
It would make a great story.
… of a tragic, and preventable, event.
Interesting that every single user comment on that article is negative. We’re all DOOMED! And what’s more, WE DESERVE IT!
There appears to be a lot of that going around.