Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 449–453 | Cite as

Historical climate changes in southern Xinjiang

  • Zhong Wei
  • Xiong Hei-gang
  • Tashpolat Tiyip
  • Hiroki Takmura
  • Shu Qiang
Climate Change


Based on the synthetic researches of multi-index geologic records of Niya section, which are of high resolution in southern margin of the Tarim Basin, together with other geologic records in southern Xinjiang, this paper has reconstructed the history of paleoclimatic changes in this region since about 4.00 ka BP. During the last 4.00 ka, the region of southern Xinjiang has experienced alternations of relative cold-wet and relative warm-dry periods. Three remarkable cold-wet periods (4.00-3.45 ka BP., 2.50-1.90 ka BP., ca. 1.40−1.00 ka BP.) and three warm-dry periods (3.45-2.50 ka BP., 1.90-1.40 ka BP., 1.00 ka BP.-present) are identified. It is shown that human activities have an intimate relation with the evolution of paleoclimate in southern Xinjiang.

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southern Xinjiang historical climate changes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhong Wei
    • 1
  • Xiong Hei-gang
    • 1
  • Tashpolat Tiyip
    • 1
  • Hiroki Takmura
    • 2
  • Shu Qiang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyXinjiang UniversityUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Department of GeographyRissho UniversityTokyoJapan

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