Magnetic characteristics of loess-paleosol sequences on the north slope of the Tianshan Mountains, northwestern China and their paleoclimatic implications

Hai Tao Wei, Subir K. Banerjee, Dun Sheng Xia, Michael J Jackson, Jia Jia, Fa Hu Chen

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Abstract

Controversy remains in decoding paleoclimatic information via environmental magnetic methods based on loess deposition in drylands of northwestern China. A systematic mineral magnetic investigation was carried out in the loess-paleosol sequence at Zhongliang, located on the north slope of the Tianshan Mountains. The results show that ferrimagnetic minerals are mainly comprised of magnetite and maghemite. Besides, no evidence for the existence of pedogenic superparamagnetic particles is found in this work, which indicates that magnetic variation was caused mainly by changes of input concentration of magnetic assemblages, thus the higher susceptibility reflects stronger wind intensity and/or closer dust source (s). This kind of "dust input mode" can be used to reconstruct paleo wind intensity in dry lands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-158
Number of pages9
JournalActa Geophysica Sinica
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Deposition flux
  • Environmental magnetism
  • Wind intensity
  • Xinjiang Loess

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