Evolution of the Atmosphere, Fire and the Anthropocene Climate Event Horizon

  • Andrew Y. Glikson

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Early Atmospheres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. The Great Mass Extinctions of Species

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
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  4. Homo's Fire Blueprint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
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  5. The Anthropocene Event Horizon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 153-174

About this book


Unique among all creatures, further to the increase in its cranial volume from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens, the use of tools and cultural and scientific creativity, the genus Homo is distinguished by the mastery of fire, which since about two million years ago has become its blueprint.  Through the Holocene and culminating in the Anthropocene, the burning of much of the terrestrial vegetation, excavation and combustion of fossil carbon from up to 420 million years-old biospheres, are leading to a global oxidation event on a geological scale, a rise in entropy in nature and the sixth mass extinction of species.


Anthropocene Climate Change Fire and Globale Oxidation Fire and Human Evolution Homo Sapiens and Fire Human Evolution Mass Extinction of Species Paleoclimate

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Y. Glikson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Archaeology and AnthropologyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7331-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7332-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5377
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