New Epoch Tuesday

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Earthrise over the moon, photographed on Christmas Eve 1968 from Apollo 8 by William Anders. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

On Christmas Eve 1968, the Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders took a photograph of the view outside the window as his spaceship orbited the moon. The now iconic Earthrise image shows our half-moon blue planet under a decoration of clouds rising from the blackness of space over the lunar surface.

The picture encapsulated Earth’s precariousness in the cosmos and, for many, contained a message of humility and stewardship for our home.

We’ve had Earthrise and images like it from the Apollo missions for half a century now. But suppose some aliens had been viewing our planet for its entire 4.5bn-year history. What would they have seen?

Over nearly all that immense time, changes would have been very gradual: continents drifted; the ice cover waxed and waned; successive species emerged, evolved and became extinct during a succession of geological eras.

But visible change has accelerated rapidly in the past few thousand years – a tiny sliver of the Earth’s history. Now geologists have decided those changes have been so profound, so global and so permanent that our catalogue of the Earth’s history needs to change accordingly. Since the last ice age, around 11,000 years ago, human civilisation has flourished in the climatically benign Holocene. Now they believe that epoch has come to an end and we have entered a new human-influenced age, the Anthropocene.

@ TG

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15 Responses to New Epoch Tuesday

  1. Hi friends! We are following the race for the White House in your country, and we’re a “little” surprised that, especially one candidate, contradicts him self in many of his speaches. In election campaigns here in Norway, one may attack the opposition, but never in the same way we witness what is happening in the US. Such dirty attacks, again from especially on person, it’s a bit scary to us, one of your allied countries. My wife and myself are going to Turkey to morrow, and it’s getting a bit scary there as well. It seems that the Turkish presiden, Erdogan, has complitely lost his marbles. He is still arresting a large number of journalists, and he has crossed the border into Syria, in order to fight the ISIS. At the same tiime, he is attacking kurdish group (YPG) who is in alliance with the US, and they are also the most sucsessfull fighters agaainst ISIS. This is the simple version of what’s going on for the moment. Will try to keep you informed about the historic aspects op the conflict, and the development ofthe situation. Cheers!

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  2. Forgot to tell you, on this trip, we’ll try to sell our apartment in Alanya, Turkey. This is due to the fact that, as Turkey is concern, the future is very unsure.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Erling! Yes, ONE of our candidates is an idiot. You can say his name, Trump.

    Missed coming here yesterday, looks like everyone did. There’s just Erling, and now moi.

    GET OUT OF TURKEY, ERLING!!!

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    • That’s what I am trying to do. It’s difficult to get rid of apartments now, hence the situation. I realize that I’ll loose money on a sale,and I can lve with that. Not to much though! Lots of Norwegians have apartments in the same area, and some of them will also get rid of their apartments. But there is a whole bunch of Norwegians that don’t give a shit about what’s going on, as longest they get sunshine an a cold beer. These are people who put their head in the sand, and don’t want to know what’s going on.

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  4. º¿carol says:

    Oh, wait…this is today! Erling here, today. I had the last 3 days at DWF opened in tabs and screwed up.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    An organic consumers organization is certainly hard hitting. Consider joining far enough to sign their petitions.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Took me 102 minutes to reach the Birch & Barley for a stuffed pork loin dinner and a Black Butte porter. Almost 100% cloud cover, muggy for Pullman, haze from the wildfires to the west, low 80s. Saw a big raptor, almost the size of the Swainson’s hawks.

    But the big change is digging out the side of a hill so that the runway can be moved about 200 feet further south. Also means rerouting the main electricity feeder for Pullman. But the worst is the distruction of the horticulture orchard as the stupid FAA rules won’t allow it to remain “under the flight path”. But the 9th hole of the golf course can remain “under the flight path”. Also some of the animal pens have to be removed. I am not happy about this change.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Honig time. I’m sure it will help my feet.

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  8. Den says:

    I would rather participate than watch.

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