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Dry or humid? Mid-Holocene humidity changes in arid and semi-arid China

An, CB and Feng, ZD and Barton, L (2006) Dry or humid? Mid-Holocene humidity changes in arid and semi-arid China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25 (3-4). 351 - 361. ISSN 0277-3791

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Spatial changes of effective moisture during the mid-Holocene have been reconstructed based on the compilation of recently published paleoclimate records, including ice core, lake level, pollen assemblage, and loess-paleosol records. Both geological data and the spatial pattern indicate that it was dry in deserts during the mid-Holocene, but the timing of the beginning and end of dry intervals differs from place to place. Deserts having higher aridity index values remain dry longer. Dry intervals during the mid-Holocene are more possibly asynchronous than synchronous in arid and semi-arid China. In the Xinjiang region, except in sites located in deserts, the climate is generally wet during 7000-5000 a BP. In the northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, effective moisture in most sites began to decrease after 5000 a BP. The climate became dry after 4000 a BP except in the deserts in the Loess Plateau and the Inner Mongolia Plateau. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
An, CB
Feng, ZD
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 February 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Quaternary Science Reviews
Volume: 25
Number: 3-4
Page Range: 351 - 361
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2005.03.013
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0277-3791
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 13:35
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:58


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