This TED-Ed episode investigates how long human impacts on Earth would last if we all suddenly disappeared. Would traces of human civilization still be here a million years from now?


David Biello explains how the impacts that humans have made have become so pervasive, profound, and permanent that some geologists believe we merit our own epoch.

Imagine aliens land on Earth a million years from now. What will these curious searchers find of us? They will find what geologists, scientists, and other experts are increasingly calling the Anthropocene, or new age of mankind.