4 November 2012

Leaving our mark: What will be left of our cities?

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From our cities, to our farms, to our rubbish, humans have firmly stamped their mark across the planet.

Humanity’s impact on the globe is so great and varied that we have launched a new geological time period in the Earth’s history. Its name is the Anthropocene – the human epoch.

In part one of a two-part feature, Andrew Luck-Baker, from the BBC’s Radio Science Unit, explores the legacy our civilisation will leave in the rocks of the future. You can read part two here.

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