Catalog of 208 human-caused minerals bolsters argument to declare ‘Anthropocene Epoch’

(Terry Collins Assoc) Human industry and ingenuity has done more for Earth's mineral diversity and distribution than any development since the rise of oxygen over 2.2 billion years ago, experts say in a paper to be published March 1. The work bolsters the scientific argument to officially designate a new geological time interval distinguished by the pervasive impact of human activities: the Anthropocene Epoch.