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anthropocene (an THRAW puh seen)
The present geological period, characterized by humanity's effects on global climate and ecology.

Some scientists have begun referring to the present chronological period in earth's history as the anthropocene epoch (from the Greek for man and new), in recognition of the extent to which human beings are impacting the global environment.

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anthropocene (s) (noun), anthropocenes (pl)
1. A term used to describe the current geological period, starting from the 18th century when human activities started to impact global climate and ecosystems.
2. The epoch in which human activity has been shaping, or developing, the environment of the earth.
3. An age in which humans have been perturbing (greatly disturbing or impacting) many of the earth's natural systems, from the water cycle to the acidity of the oceans.
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