After a lot of years of research, the International Commission on Stratigraphy, an organization that’s responsible for standardizing the Geologic Time Scale, has formally classified the past 4,200 years as the “Late Holocene Meghalayan Age.”
This brand new classification is named after a particular rock formation that is found in a cave in northeast India.
Here’s how it all began
According to the geologists, this new age began with a drought that was all over the world and lasted for about 200 years.
This was reportedly what forced the collapse and the migration of a few civilizations. They say that the drought has been found on all seven continents.
This is not all because the organization also approved two other ages, called the “Middle Holocene Northgrippian Age” and the “Early Holocene Greenlandian Age,” which began about 8,300 and 11,700 years ago, respectively.
Both of them are named after specific ice cores that have been found in Greenland.
The Holocene Epoch began at the end of the last Ice Age
All these three ages comprise the “Holocene Epoch,” which began at the end of the last Ice Age.
Welcome to Meghalayan !@theIUGS has updated the International Chronostratigraphic Chart, with 3 # Holocene subdivisions :#Greenlandian (11,700 yr b2k) #Northgrippian (8326 yr b2k) #Meghalayan (4200 yr before 1950)
— IAG AIG (@IAGAIG) July 18, 2018
The epoch’s main feature was a wealth of sediment found on the sea floor and of the mineral calcite from caves.
“The last 4,200 years of Earth’s history now named as Meghalayan Age – Geologists have now classified it as being a distinct age and are calling it as the Meghalayan Age.
Sediments collected from a stalagmite in a cave in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya helped define this period. It is said to have begun with a drought that destroyed some civilizations around the world,” a Twitter post reads.
“This is the Geological Time Scale which gives us an idea about the age of the Earth among other things. So the age is in Ma (million years ago) with Precambrian being the oldest and slowly progressing from there to Holocene where we are presently in. Beautiful, I know!” someone commented, but we recommend that you follow the entire thread on Twitter.
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