Anthropocene marked by mineral spike
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Anthropocene marked by mineral spike

Scientists have identified 208 new minerals that owe their existence wholly or in part to humans.

Many in the list have been found down old mine tunnels or on slag heaps where water and even fire have had the opportunity to work up novel compounds.

It is another example, the researchers argue, of our pervasive influence on the planet.

Prof Robert Hazen spoke with our science correspondent Jonathan Amos.