[Editor's note: The new "anthropocene" age has been detailed by the likes of The Economist, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and Wired. While much has been made of miles of road and general interconnected transportation network, population density, and other measures, I'm most captivated by this newish map showing "years of intensive use". Get your Jared Diamond out and study this map. Thanks Hugo! More maps at Ecotope, thanks Andrew!]
Perhaps the most obvious mark we’ve made to the planet is in land-use changes. For millennia, humans have chopped down forests and moved rock and soil for agriculture and pastureland—and more recently, for construction.
CREDIT: ERLE ELLIS, ADAPTED FROM E. ELLIS, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A, 369:1010 (2011) From the Science article “A global perspective on the anthropocene” DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6052.34