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Grain Size of Lake Qinghai Sediments: Implications for Riverine Input and Holocene Monsoon Variability
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Title

Grain size of Lake Qinghai sediments: Implications for riverine input and Holocene monsoon variability

Authors

Liu, XX; Vandenberghe, J; An, ZS; Li, Y; Jin, ZD; Dong, JB; Sun, YB

Abstract

Grain-size compositions of lake sediments can provide direct information on changes in transporting mechanism and sedimentary environment. Various grain-size parameters have been employed to reconstruct hydrological conditions within the lake and dust influx from outside the lake. Here we present the grain-size results of a 5-m core retrieved from Lake Qinghai, northeastern Tibetan Plateau in order to address the links between Holocene depositional process and climatic change. Our results indicate that two parameters (skewness and grain-size ratio of 8-50/2-8 mu m) are sensitive to hydrodynamic changes in Lake Qinghai, which are further linked to the strength of the Asian summer monsoon. Variations of these two parameters reveal that summer monsoon intensity weakened gradually from early to late Holocene, superimposed by persistent centennial variability with dominant periods at 0.35, 0.23 and 0.12 kyr. Comparison of grain-size variations with solar activities and North Atlantic cooling events reveals that solar forcing likely plays an important role in driving centennial monsoon variability.

Corresponding author

Sun Youbin

Volume

449

Issue

 

Page

41-51

Pub year

May, 2016

Publication name

Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology

Details

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018216000705

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