Photo: Caves in Meghalaya in India

Scientists have divided the Holocene into three periods. Started 4,200 years ago a period in which we live, called michaliski century.

The international Commission on stratigraphy approved the name of the period of time that began 4,200 years ago and continuing to this day. A new division of the geological scale is called “michaliski century”. On Wednesday, July 18, reported on the Agency’s website.

For Dating the history of our planet used geochronological scale. She, in turn, is based on stratigraphic data, that is, the alternation of layers of rocks. The geochronology and stratigraphy of different but consistent sets of terms for different groups of time intervals.

According to the geochronology we now live in the Phanerozoic EON, Cenozoic era, Quaternary period (the Quaternary), the Holocene. There is a smaller division than the era — a century — but until recently, the Holocene was not divided into centuries .

The new official edition of the stratigraphic chart supplemented with a few new units. In particular, the Holocene was divided into Greenlandic (11 700 — 8 200 years ago), severokrymskaya (8 200 — 4 200 years ago) and michaliski century (from 4 to 200 years ago).

The count of the current century is set in the beginning of large-scale drought, which lasted about two hundred years and influenced a lot of civilizations all over the Earth, including the territory of modern Egypt, Greece, Syria and Palestine, and in Mesopotamia, the valleys of the Indus and the Yangtze.

Time period is named after the Indian state of Meghalaya is that there are caves, speleothems formations which have established start time of the drought.

Some part of the scientific community reacted to a new skeptical solution. First, the term “magalasi age” too young – it was first mentioned six years ago, and the division in connection with the climatic event may not reflect important events in the history of the planet as a whole.

For example, the previous century severokrymskaya begins with a cold climate that geologists associate with contact North Atlantic of large amounts of fresh water from melted glaciers in Canada, the result of which was disrupted ocean currents.

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