Future scientists seeking evidence of the Anthropocene on a planetary scale
will find a series of structurally similar deposits dating to within the
same few thousand years at multiple locations around the world. It will be
evident that they were produced by a global human drive to exploit the
Earth's mineral wealth. The impact and the evidence left by this phenomenon
in the ‘Gold Rush’ region of Victoria, Australia are particularly clear.
Using a multi-scalar approach, the authors examine the extent and
significance of changes resulting from water management and mining
processes, which, in some cases, resulted in the creation of new landscapes
far beyond the mining district.