anthropogenic adj : of or relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings [syn: anthropogenetic]
Anthropogenic effects, processes, objects, or materials are those that are derived from human activities, as opposed to those occurring in natural environments without human influences.
The term is often used in the context of environmental externalities in the form of chemical or biological wastes that are produced as by-products of otherwise purposeful human activities.
SourcesAnthropogenic sources include industry, agriculture, botany, mining, transportation, construction, habitations and deforestation.
- The human alteration of plants by breeding, selection, genetic engineering and tissue fusion (see cultigen)
- Concentration of human activities in discrete zones.
- Concentration of waste products, sewage, and debris.
anthropogenic in Danish: Antropogen
anthropogenic in German: Anthropogen
anthropogenic in Spanish: Antropogénesis
anthropogenic in Italian: Antropogenico
anthropogenic in Polish: Czynniki antropogeniczne
anthropogenic in Portuguese: Antropogénico
anthropogenic in Swedish: Antropogen