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The Śnieżka peatland as a candidate for the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the Anthropocene series

Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, B; Łokas, E; Smieja-Król, B; Turner, S; De Vleeschouwer, F; Woszczyk, M; Marcisz, K; ... Yang, H; + view all (2022) The Śnieżka peatland as a candidate for the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the Anthropocene series. Anthropocene Review 10.1177/20530196221136425. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The subalpine, atmospherically fed Śnieżka peatland, located in the Polish part of the Sudetes, is one of the nominated candidates for the GSSP of the Anthropocene. Data from two profiles, Sn1 (2012) and Sn0 (2020), from this site are critical for distinguishing the proposed epoch, while an additional core Sn2 is presented to support main evidence. The Sn0 archive contains a wide array of critical markers such as plutonium (Pu), radiocarbon (F14C), fly ash particles, Hg and stable C and N isotopes which are consistent with the previously well documented 210Pb/14C dated Sn1 profile, which provides a high-resolution and comprehensive database of trace elements and rare earth elements (REE), Pb isotopes, Pu, Cs, pollen and testate amoebae. The 1952 worldwide appearance of Pu, owing to its global synchronicity and repeatability between the cores, is proposed here as a primary marker of the Anthropocene, supported by the prominent upturn of selected chemostratigraphic and biostratigraphic indicators as well as the appearance of technofossils and artificial radionuclides.

Type: Article
Title: The Śnieżka peatland as a candidate for the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the Anthropocene series
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/20530196221136425
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/20530196221136425
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
Keywords: Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Great Acceleration, plutonium, SAP, SCP, stratotype of Anthropocene, testate amoebae, the Sudetes, trace elements
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164744
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