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Anthropocene Cartography

“Anthropologist and Gizmodo friend Félix Pharand is mapping the effect of humans on planet Earth.

His latest video—which shows cities, transmission lines, pipelines, roads and railways with amazing detail—is simply spectacular. Play it at full screen.

Along with other scientists, Pharand is working on documenting the effects of an epoch that doesn’t exist yet: the Anthropocene.

It’s a term commonly used in scientific literature, but the public knows very little about it. The name is made from two words from Ancient Greek: anthropos—human being—and kainos—new, current.”

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