Geologists have a new name for the past 4,200 years: The Meghalayan Age.
Years of research have gone into studying this age.
It is said to have started with a drought and cooling, which disturbed and destroyed civilizations across the globe. These agriculture-based societies collapsed during this 200-year climactic disaster and people who didn’t perish migrated toward places like Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. There is evidence of this event throughout all seven continents.
There are three subdivisions: Greenlandian, Northgrippian, and Meghalayan. Updated now to include the new distinct age, this chart depicts a thorough, complete timeline for the geologic history of the Earth.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the International Chronostratigraphic Chart:
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
Greenlandian is the earliest stage, covering climactic and geological events that happened 11,700 – 8,300 years ago. Northgrippian is the middle stage, covering that of 8,300 – 4,200 years ago, and the new Meghalayan stage covers events spanning from 4,200 years ago to now.
Together, the three ages make up the Holocene Epoch.
We are now living in the Meghalayan Stage of the Holocene:
— IUGS (@theIUGS) July 18, 2018
Twitter was curious about the name of the new age:
That is just an awesome name period.
— Slacker R (@The_WretchedEgg) July 18, 2018
Sediments from the MawmluhCave in Maghalaya, India, aided in defining and naming this period, which represents the entire written history of humanity.
It is named after the MawmluhCave in Maghalaya, India:
It’s named after a cave formation in Mawmluh.
— Ben Golly on a Platform (@MarginalScribbl) July 18, 2018
The written history of humanity happened within the Meghalayan. This age started by a worldwide climate event recorded in MawmluhCave, Maghalaya, India. https://t.co/YujpN3SZIu
— Omar Rafael Regalado Fdez (@mathchaos) July 15, 2018
In the deep recesses of #Meghalaya’s Krem Mawmluh, stalactites and stalagmites form solid columns of calcification, creating the eerie pillars of the Hanging Garden Chamber, a macabre banquet hall. #LPMI
P: kreativeart/123RF pic.twitter.com/iGoWWhR5Tu
— LonelyPlanetMagIndia (@LPMagIn) April 5, 2018
Meghalayan, which means “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit, is a relatively unknown state in Northeast India. The population is a bit more than three million people, and more than half of the state is forested.
Residents are pretty excited about the dedication:
As a Meghalayan, am mighty pleased that the age is named for our little state
— Samrat X (@MrSamratX) July 18, 2018
Welcome to the Meghalayan Age.
“Thank You, Science. Very Cool!”
— The Creator (@SixOneOne2) July 18, 2018