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History of Flora and Vegetation During the Quaternary

  • Burkhard Frenzel
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 59)

Abstract

During recent years, much interest has focused on the paleoecological conditions of High and East Asia because the monsoon system is one of the most important components of the earth’s atmospheric circulation systems and influences the biosphere intensively. Also, it became clear that the relative importance of summer and winter monsoons in Asia had changed during the Quaternary repeatedly and rapidly. To better understand what might have happened and what the consequences of these repeated changes were it became necessary to investigate Quaternary paleoecology in High Asia (i.e. the Tibetan Plateau and the surrounding high mountain systems, e.g., the Tian Shan, Dzungarian Alatan, the Pamirs, the Himalayas, the Qilian Shan and the strongly elevated regions of western Sichnan) and on the Loess Plateau of East Asia. This chapter will discuss what is known at present about paleoclimatology, paleoecology and Quaternary geology in the vast regions mentioned. Necessarily, this involves the use of Chinese as well as Western literature, yet it seems that only a small part of the Chinese literature is available in Western languages. Though repeatedly interesting papers are written by Chinese colleagues in English, other important papers are only written in Chinese, yet they must not be neglected due only to the linguistic barriers.

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Tibetan Plateau Loess Plateau Late Pleistocene Last Glacial Maximum English Summary 
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  • Burkhard Frenzel
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  1. 1.Botanisches Institut - 210 -Universität HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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