Biome vs AnthroBiome


The term "biome," a derivative of Greek words "bios" signifying "life" and "oma" suggesting "a mass or collection," refers to a large-scale ecological community. Introduced by ecologist Frederic Clements in the early 20th century, it outlines distinct biological communities shaped by climate, soils, and vegetation. In ecological Sciences nowaday Biomes provide a framework for understanding global patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, usually associated with regions showing little to no human influence.



The term "anthrobiome," on the other hand, is a neologism I coined to highlight the significant imprint of human activities on the Natural World. It blends "anthro" (human) with "-biome" (a collection of life), articulating the unique synthesis of ecosystems deeply influenced and transformed by human interventions during the Anthropocene era. The "anthrobiome" captures a paradigm where human actions drastically impact natural systems, not just passively, but also actively in shaping these ecosystems for our benefit. It's an acknowledgment of the state of the Earth, now largely subject to human activity. Symbolising the Anthropocene epoch, it reminds us of the reach of our species' impact, spanning from the ocean depths to the stratospheric heights. As a concept, "anthrobiome" brings new perspectives to environmental discourse. It offers a robust framework to understand the intricate relationship between humans and the environment, reshaping our views on our role within Earth's ecosystems.


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