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Desertification and dust emission history of the Tarim Basin and its relation to the uplift of northern Tibet

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Ryuji Tada
Ryuji Tada
1
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science
,
University of Tokyo
,
7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033
,
Japan
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Hongbo Zheng
Hongbo Zheng
2
School of Earth Science and Engineering
,
Nanjing University
,
Nanjing, 210093
,
China
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Naomi Sugiura
Naomi Sugiura
1
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science
,
University of Tokyo
,
7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033
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Japan
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Yuko Isozaki
Yuko Isozaki
1
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science
,
University of Tokyo
,
7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033
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Japan
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Hitoshi Hasegawa
Hitoshi Hasegawa
1
Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science
,
University of Tokyo
,
7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033
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Japan
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Youbin Sun
Youbin Sun
3
Institute of Earth Environment
,
Chinese Academy of Science, 10
Fenghui South Road, Xi'an High-Tech Zone, Xi'an 710075
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China
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Wengang Yang
Wengang Yang
4
State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology
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Tongji University, Shanghai 210092
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China
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Ke Wang
Ke Wang
4
State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology
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Tongji University, Shanghai 210092
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China
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Shin Toyoda
Shin Toyoda
5
Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science
,
Okayama University of Science
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1-1 Ridai, Okayama 700-0005
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Japan
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

The potential links between uplift of the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau and desertification of inland Asia have been a long-considered problem in geology. Although a close link between the two has been suggested by theoretical climatic simulations, not enough geological data has existed to test the theory. Here, we conducted semi-quantitative field observations of a Neogene fluvial sequence at the Yecheng section on the southwestern margin of the Tarim Basin in order to confirm the origin and mode of deposition of the aeolian siltstone, determine the onset timing, evaluate quantitatively the temporal evolution of its deposition and its relationship to the tectonically driven surface uplift of NW Tibet. The results suggest a close link between the uplift of northwestern Tibet, alluvial fan formation, dust emission from Taklimakan Desert and the deposition of loess on the alluvial fans.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Monsoon Evolution and Tectonic–Climate Linkage in Asia

P. D. Clift
P. D. Clift
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R. Tada
R. Tada
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H. Zheng
H. Zheng
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Geological Society of London
Volume
342
ISBN electronic:
9781862395909
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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