THE SAND WEDGE AND MIRABILITE OF THE LAST ICE AGE AND THEIR PALEOCLIMATIC SIGNIFICANCE IN HEXI CORRIDOR
- Received Date: 2000-07-03
- Publish Date: 2001-03-20
- sand wedge /
- Last Ice Age /
- Hexi Corridor /
Abstract: The sand wedges in Hexi Corridor occur in the alluvial gravel stratum of bajada and high terraces. The 14C ages of eolian sand in sand wedges prove that they formed during the Last Ice Age, with the mean annual air temperature about- 5.6℃. The common 14C and AMS 14C dating ages of terrestrial branch relicts in Huahai clay-mirabilite interlayer are (11600± 280) a B. P. and (1118±54) a B. P. respectively, proving that the drirabilite formed at the cold episode of the Last Glacial Maximum(LGM) and Younger Dryers (YD) in Huahai Lake. It is pointed out that the mean annual air temperature in Hexi Corridor during LGM was about - 3℃ - - 7℃, 11℃-15℃ lower than that of present, and that during YD was about 0℃-2℃, 6℃-8℃ lower than at present. This decreasing temperature values are generally coincident with those inferred by pollen, sand wedge and ice core in the northern China, and also with the research on temperature-falling amplitude of middle and high latitude on the Northern Hemisphere recently.
|Citation:||HU Gang, WANG Nai-ang. THE SAND WEDGE AND MIRABILITE OF THE LAST ICE AGE AND THEIR PALEOCLIMATIC SIGNIFICANCE IN HEXI CORRIDOR[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2001, 11(1): 80-86.|