Anthropocene

The Anthropocene Epoch may be upon us.

Has humanity’s impact on the Earth been so significant that it defines a new geological epoch?

In the blink of a geological eye, through our need for energy, food, water, minerals, for space in which to live and play, we have wrought changes to Earth’s environment and life that are as significant as any known in the geological record....

ref: the Geological Society - Conference May 2011


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The beautiful corals of Australia's classic Holocene coast in northwest Australia could be the equivalent of...

...the miners canary in the mines of old

Corals can be seen as the early indictators of ocean acidification heralding the advancing Anthropocene epoch

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A coral from Cygnet Bay - the base for the Kimberley Marine Research Station where some of Australia's vital studies of tropical coral species may create baseline marine science to monitor the probable changes in carbon uptake with the processes of coral growth in this important near pristine coastal region.

Coral reef colonies rely on the uptake of carbon to form calcium carbonate for the body of the 'building blocks' that create coral structures.Changes in ocean acidification due to global warming will almost certainly become obvious in the changes to coral growth. That is why corals on the Kimberley coast can be considered...

...the canaries for global warming.

Very slight changes in ocean acidification could demonstrate significant changes in coral reef morphology.

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The Cygnet Bay Pearl company supports the Kimberley Marine Research Station in its endeavours to facilitate a wide range of baseline marine science on the remote Kimberley shores.

This pearl company has a special interest in understanding the early changes we are seeing in the oceans temperature and acidity levels because...

...pearls, like corals are made of calcium carbonate.

The pearl farm at Cygnet Bay works with marine scientists to monitor and study the effects of environmental change on their pearls and the complex eco-system they work with.

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The Cygnet Bay Pearl Company has produced the largest perfect round farmed South Sea Pearl in the world and have a vested interest in protecting their pristine waters and understanding how climate change is effecting the marine world.

Baseline marine science work carried out over the next few years at the Kimberley Marine Research Station could be critical in understanding the longer term effects of the global warming.

...It could be too late to prevent the Anthropocene Epoch...

...but it is not too late to learn what is happening and how we must mitigate and adjust the way we humans survive and relate to the environment on planet earth.

Here is a link to a 3 minute microdoco about the "Line of Sight Exhibition"

Anthropocene Art -Photography exhibition from Peter Strain on Vimeo.


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