Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 34–42 | Cite as

“Greatest lake period” and its palaeo-environment on the Tibetan Plateau

  • Li Bing-yuan
  • Zhu Li-ping


The “greatest lake period” means that the lakes are in the stage of their maximum areas. As the paleo lake shorelines are widely distributed in the lake basins on the Tibetan Plateau, the lake areas during the “greatest lake period” may be inferred by the last highest lake shorelines. They are several, even tens times larger than that at present. According to the analyses of tens of lakes on the Plateau, most dating data fell into the range of 40-25 ka BP, some lasted to 20 ka BP. It was corresponded to the stage 3 of marine isotope and interstitial of last glaciation. The occurrence of maximum areas of lakes marked the very humid period on the Plateau and was also related to the stronger summer monsoon during that period.

Key words

Tibetan Plateau greatest lake period highest lake levels interstitial of last glaciation paleo-monsoon 

CLC number

P931.7 P534.63 P467 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Bing-yuan
    • 1
  • Zhu Li-ping
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina

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