An Anthropocene Species of Trouble?:Negative Synergies between Earth System Change and Geological Destratification

Clark, Nigel and Rickards, Lauren (2021) An Anthropocene Species of Trouble?:Negative Synergies between Earth System Change and Geological Destratification. The Anthropocene Review. ISSN 2053-0196 (In Press)

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Abstract

It is already well understood that unbinding materials and energy from their lithic reservoirs impacts upon Earth systems. But that is just the first stage of a cycle of ‘Anthropocene trouble’. This paper tracks the multiple ways in which subsequent Earth system change reacts back upon the social infrastructures of subsurface exploitation and the landscapes they produce. Shifting fire regimes, intensifying hydro- meteorological events and sea level rise impact upon the infrastructures of hydrocarbon extraction, hydroclimatic change impacts upon infrastructures and landscapes of mineral extraction, and both pyroclimatic and hydroclimatic change impact upon nuclear infrastructures and on landscapes already contaminated by radioactive materials. To make sense of these ‘negative synergies’ we draw upon social science diagnoses of late modern hazards as well Anthropocene science’s deepening collaboration between ‘hard rock’ geology and Earth system science.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
The Anthropocene Review
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ID Code:
163633
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Deposited On:
20 Dec 2021 09:40
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
In Press
Last Modified:
27 Jun 2022 23:35