The Human Impacts Database

A collection of useful numbers for quantifying the impacts of the human presence on Earth.

Global non-agricultural sediment mass flux


This quantity comes from a time series measurement and the most recent value (2015) is reported.


This is equivalent to...

316 Gt / yr

HuID: 66360
Relevant Year(s): 2015
Summary: The total mass of sediment moved by non-agricultural processes in 2015. These processes include the mass of coal, minerals, and metals mined along with an estimation of the mass of overburden and waste produced during mining. This value also includes a lower-bound estimate for the mass of earth moved for construction, in the mining of aggregates and cement production, and marine soil dredging.
Source: Cooper, A. H., Brown, T. J., Price, S. J., Ford, J. R., Waters, C. N. Humans are the most significant global geomorphological driving force of the 21st century. The Anthropocene Review (2018)
Dataset: Mass of sediment produced by category over 1925 — 2015 (Cooper2018_table1_sediment_mass.csv)
global resolution
Original Data License: © The Authors
Added By: gchure