Cretaceous desert cycles, wind direction and hydrologic cycle variations in Ordos Basin: Evidence for Cretaceous climatic unequability

  • Xinsheng Jiang
  • Zhongxi Pan
  • Yuan Xie
  • Minghui Li


Climatic state under greenhouse effect is a currently hot point. Whether greenhouse climate in geological history, especially in Cretaceous, was equable or not has aroused extensive discussion. By analysis on depositional cyclcity, wind direction change and hydrologic cycle variation of Cretaceous desert in the Ordos Basin of China, the unequability of Cretaceous climate is dealt. It is shown that Cretaceous climate was extremely cyclic, not only having long and mid term but also having strong seasonal even instantaneous changes. Therefore, it is suggested that Cretaceous climate was not equable.


Ordos Basin of China Cretaceous desert cycle wind direction change hydrologic cycle variation Cretaceous climatic unequability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinsheng Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhongxi Pan
    • 2
  • Yuan Xie
    • 2
  • Minghui Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Sedimentary GeologyChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina
  2. 2.Chengdu Institute of Geology and Mineral ResourcesCGSChengduChina

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