The Holocene is a geological epoch which began at the end of the pleistocene (at 11,700 calendar years BP) and continues to the present. It encompasses the growth and impacts of the human species worldwide, including all its written history, development of major civilizations, and overall significant transition toward urban living in the present. There is a debate across scientific fields that the Holocene is now over and we have entered a new period: The Anthropocene. This new epoch would retroactively begin at the time when human activity started to affect the global atmosphere. Most would argue that this moment was the industrial revolution.
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