Millennial-Scale Cycling of Climate in China's Salawusu River Valley
Lu, Y., Li, B., Wen, X., Qiu, S., Wang, F., Niu, D. and Li, Z. 2010. Millennial-centennial scales climate changes of Holocene indicated by magnetic susceptibility of high-resolution section in Salawusu River Valley, China. Chinese Geographical Science 20: 243-251.
In a study designed to further explore this millennial-centennial cycling of earth's climate, Lu et al. analyzed magnetic susceptibility measurements made on the uppermost (Holocene) segment of a stratigraphic section in the Salawusu River Valley (37°20'-37°58'N, 108°08'-108°48'E) in the southeastern margin of Mu Us Desert on the Ordos Plateau of Inner Mongolia, China.
As a result of their work, the seven scientists delineated eleven magnetic susceptibility cycles with values alternating from low to high, in which layers of dune sands correspond to low values of magnetic susceptibility and layers of fluvio-lacustrine facies and paleosols correspond to high values. And because of this correspondence, they remark that the low and high values indicate that the climate of the region was alternately dominated by the cold-arid winter monsoon and the warm-humid summer monsoon of East Asia, respectively. In addition, they state that the cold valleys and the warm peaks of the magnetic susceptibility in the stratigraphic sequence "couple with cold peaks and warm valleys in the North Atlantic," citing the study of Bond et al. (1997), as well as with "cold-warm changes in some places of China," citing the works of Yao and Shi (1992), Liu et al. (2000), Zhou et al. (2001), Jin et al. (2002) and Jin et al. (2004).
In considering the totality of their findings, as well as the findings of many others, the Chinese researchers conclude that "climate change at millennial-centennial scales in the Salawusu River Valley and the Mu Us Desert in the Holocene was influenced by global and regional climate, and it was an integral part of global millennial-centennial scale climate fluctuations."
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