The study of garbage , through either archaeological excavation of landfills or analysis of fresh garbage, to determine what the composition of municipal solid waste says about the society that generated it. The term is associated with the Garbage Project of the University of Arizona (Tucson), co-directed by William Rathje and Wilson Hughes, which began studying trash in 1973 and excavating landfills in 1987. They found that little degradation occurs in landfills; New York newspapers from 1949 and an ear of corn discarded in 1971 were found intact. Unexpectedly, the project also found that plastics make up less than one percent of the total volume of landfills.
More From encyclopedia.com
Map Projection , map projection, transfer of the features of the surface of the earth or another spherical body onto a flat sheet of paper. Only a globe can represent… Project Management , Innovation is the key to staying ahead of the game in e-commerce, and successful companies continually engage in new projects, whether to design a ne… axonometric projection , axonometric projection. Geometrical drawing of a work of architecture. Its plan is produced to scale, but moved round at an angle of 60° and 30° to t… William Julius Wilson , Wilson, William Julius 1935– Sociologist, educator William Julius Wilson, a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, i… Kenneth Geddes Wilson , Kenneth Geddes Wilson Kenneth Geddes Wilson Kenneth Geddes Wilson (born 1936) won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1982 for his work applying renormaliz… Alexander Wilson , Wilson, Alexander WILSON, ALEXANDER ornithology. Wilson’s background was so remote from scientific interests that his emergence in the last five year…
About this article
Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article
You Might Also Like