Dust supply from river floodplains: The case of the lower Huang He (Yellow River) recorded in a loess-palaeosol sequence from the Mangshan Plateau

Maarten A. Prins*, Hongbo Zheng, Kay Beets, Simon Troelstra, Patrick Bacon, Ilse Kamerling, Wouter Wester, Martin Konert, Xiangtong Huang, Wang Ke, Jef Vandenberghe

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Abstract

The Mangshan Plateau is located on the south bank of the Huang He (Yellow River) just west of the city of Zhengzhou, well outside the Loess Plateau in central China. Mixing models of the grain-size data indicate that the loess deposits are mixtures of three loess components. Comparison of the mixing model with existing models established for a series of loess - palaeosol sequences from the Loess Plateau indicates that the Mangshan loess has been supplied from a proximal dust source, the Huang He floodplain, during major dust outbreaks. The high accumulation rates, the composition of the loess components, and especially the high proportions of a sandy loess component support this. Owing to the exceptionally high accumulation rates, the Mangshan grain size, magnetic susceptibility and carbonate records provide a high-resolution archive of environmental and climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Quaternary Science
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Aeolian dust
  • End-member modelling
  • Huang He
  • Loess
  • Mangshan Plateau

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