Scientists have estimated for the first time, that the total mass of Earth‘s ‘Technosphere’ is 30 trillion tonnes.
An international team of scientists led by University of Leicester geologists, has made the first estimate of the giant size of the planet’s technosphere, to an enormous 30 trillion tons.
Professor Mark Williams, said:
“The technosphere is a major new phenomenon of this planet – and one that is evolving extraordinarily rapidly.”
In a paper published in the journal the Anthropocene Review, professors Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams and Colin Waters from the University of Leicester Department of Geology, estimated that technosphere is more than 50 kilos for every square meter of the Earth’s surface.
According to professor Zalasiewicz:
“The technosphere is the brainchild of the USA scientist Peter Haff. It is all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive, in very large numbers now, on the planet: houses, factories, farms, mines, roads, airports and shipping ports, computer systems, together with its discarded waste. Humans and human organisations form part of it, too – although we are not always as much in control as we think we are, as the technosphere is a system, with its own dynamics and energy flows – and humans have to help keep it going to survive.”
Image: Earth and cling film. Credit: University of Leicester