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Named a total weight of man-made material

Geologists from University of Leicester in the UK found that the technosphere — the transformed by man part biosphere — weighs about 30 trillion tons.

In its mass the researchers included buildings, factories, computers, smartphones, and other objects of artificial origin. Their findings are presented in an article published in the journal Anthropocene Review.

According to experts, for every square meter of the Earth's surface accounts for 50 kilograms of anthropogenic (man-made) material. The mass of the technosphere exceeds the biomass (formed by all living organisms matter), which is about 2.5 trillion tons. Many of the objects of artificial origin are to be buried in layers of rock and turn into a "technoscope" (technofossils).

Geologists believe that the number of certain types of technoscope, which differ in shape and texture, can reach a billion. This is more than the number of living species of organisms (approximately 8.7 million).

Source: news.rambler

  • December 8, 2016 3:23 PM MSK
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