Anthropocene book series launches in Croatia with book on the far-future Earth by University of Leicester geologist

Posted by ap507 at Nov 20, 2017 12:57 PM |
Professor Jan Zalasiewicz’s book ‘The Earth After Us’ explores legacy of human-driven changes to global environment

Issued by University of Leicester on 20 November 2017

An image of Professor Jan Zalasiewicz is available here:

A new book series titled ‘Anthropocene’ has just been launched by Croatia’s leading academic book publisher Skolska knjiga, with the first title being Zemlja nakon nas, a new translation of The Earth After Us by Professor Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester’s School of Geography, Geology and the Environment. 

Originally published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and subsequently translated into German, this book explores the legacy of human-driven global environmental change, as seen through the eyes of aliens landing on the Earth of a hundred million years in the future.

The scientific editor-in-chief of this new series is Professor Davor Vidas, Director of the Law of the Sea and Marine Affairs programme at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, who is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Leicester. 

Professor Vidas has pioneered the use of the Anthropocene concept in helping frame future developments of the Law of the Sea, collaborating with Professors Jan Zalasiewicz and with Mark Williams of the University of Leicester to explore the important and growing connections between geology and international law.

Professor Vidas said: “The growing use of the Anthropocene concept in fields far outside of geology makes it appropriate as a theme and underlying principle of a new book series, to help the emerging generation appreciate and help cope with the rapidly changing global conditions of a new geological epoch’.

Professor Zalasiewicz said: “I’m honoured to have my book – beautifully produced in its new translation - chosen to represent this important new series, and hope that it will help spread interest in our planet’s amazing geology, both old and new.”

Links to the book and the series are at:


Notes to editors:

For further information contact: 

Davor Vidas at

Professor Jan Zalasiewicz on 0116 252 3928 or email


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