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DOI10.1177/0959683618771495
Hydrological change and human activity during Yuan-Ming Dynasties in the Loulan area, northwestern China
Li, Kangkang1,2,3; Qin, Xiaoguang1,2; Zhang, Lei1; Gu, Zhaoyan1; Xu, Bing1; Jia, Hongjuan4; Mu, Guijin5; Lin, Yongchong5; Wei, Dong6; Wang, Chunxue6; Wu, Yong7; Tian, Xiaohong7; Lu, Houyuan1; Wu, Naiqin1; Jiao, Yinxin8
Corresponding AuthorQin, Xiaoguang ; Jia, Hongjuan
JournalHOLOCENE
ISSN0959-6836
EISSN1477-0911
Year Published2018
Volume28Issue:8Pages:1266-1275
Abstract in English

Human activity on arid lands has been related to oases evolution. The ancient Loulan, an important transportation hub of the ancient Silk Road, developed on an ancient oasis on the west bank of the lake Lop Nur in Xinjiang, China. Previous studies and historical documents suggest that the region has experienced dramatic natural environmental and human activity-related changes over time, transitioning from a particularly prosperous oasis to a depopulated zone with harsh environment after about 1500 a BP (before present, where present = AD 1950). Based on systematic radiocarbon (C-14) dating for natural plant remains and archeological sites in the Loulan area, it was revealed that the region re-experienced oasis environment from 1260 to 1450 cal. AD, corresponding to the Yuan-Ming Dynasties, which is the climate transition stage from the Medieval Warm Period’ to the Little Ice Age’, encompassing a series of pulse-like flood events which cannot be identified from lacustrine deposition due to the limits of sampling resolution and dating. It was found that humans re-occupied the Loulan area and built canals to irrigate farmlands during the period. The more habitable hydrological conditions that resulted from these environmental changes present one major reason for the re-emergence of human activities in the Loulan area.


Keyword in EnglishC-14 dating Loulan area oasis pulse-like flood events Yuan-Ming Dynasties
SubtypeArticle
Language英语
CountryPeoples R China
Indexed BySCI-E
WOS IDWOS:000441610900007
WOS KeywordLOP NUR ; ENVIRONMENTAL-CHANGES ; ANCIENT LOULAN ; ICE-AGE ; XINJIANG ; HISTORY ; CITY
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology
Source Institution中国科学院新疆生态与地理研究所 ; 中国科学院地质与地球物理研究所
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://119.78.100.177/qdio/handle/2XILL650/209829
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geol & Geophys, Key Lab Cenozo Geol & Environm, Beijing 100029, Peoples R China;
2.CAS Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, Beijing, Peoples R China;
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China;
4.Hebei GEO Univ, Expt & Practice Teaching Ctr, Shijiazhuang 05003, Hebei, Peoples R China;
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Xinjiang Inst Ecol & Geog, Beijing, Peoples R China;
6.Jilin Univ, Changchun, Jilin, Peoples R China;
7.Xinjiang Inst Archaeol, Changchun, Jilin, Peoples R China;
8.Bureau Cultural Heritage Ruoqiang Cty, Ruoqiang, Xinjiang, Peoples R China
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Li, Kangkang,Qin, Xiaoguang,Zhang, Lei,et al. Hydrological change and human activity during Yuan-Ming Dynasties in the Loulan area, northwestern China[J]. 中国科学院新疆生态与地理研究所, 中国科学院地质与地球物理研究所,2018,28(8):1266-1275.
APA Li, Kangkang.,Qin, Xiaoguang.,Zhang, Lei.,Gu, Zhaoyan.,Xu, Bing.,...&Jiao, Yinxin.(2018).Hydrological change and human activity during Yuan-Ming Dynasties in the Loulan area, northwestern China.HOLOCENE,28(8),1266-1275.
MLA Li, Kangkang,et al."Hydrological change and human activity during Yuan-Ming Dynasties in the Loulan area, northwestern China".HOLOCENE 28.8(2018):1266-1275.
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