The best books on Anthropocene Oceans

Posted by ap507 at Jan 19, 2018 02:00 PM |
Geologist Professor Jan Zalasiewicz discusses the danger posed to oceans by the Anthropocene – and how we can work together to protect them

Think: Leicester does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester - it expresses the independent views and opinions of the academic who has authored the piece. If you do not agree with the opinions expressed, and you are a doctoral student/academic at the University of Leicester, you may write a counter opinion for Think: Leicester and send to

In an interview for Five Books, Professor Jan Zalasiewicz from our School of Geography, Geology and the Environment has recommended some of his favourite books and other media about the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene is a concept improvised by the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen which suggests that humans have changed the world’s physical surface structure, its chemistry, and its biology, enough to change geological time and geological history.

Professor Zalasiewicz is part of a group which is examining the next step. This is to see if the Anthropocene, as well as being a widely used symbol for human impact on earth, could also become a formal part of the Geological Time Scale to join the Jurassic, the Cretaceous, the Pleistocene, and so forth.

Share this page: