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A high-resolution record of Holocene environmental and climatic changes from Lake Balikun (Xinjiang, China): Implications for central Asia
- An, Cheng-Bang, Lu, Yanbin, Zhao, Jiaju, Tao, Shichen, Dong, Weimiao, Li, Hu, Jin, Ming, Wang, Zongli
- Holocene epoch, climate, climate change, geophysics, lakes, monsoon season, pollen, sediments, Central Asia, China, Siberia
- A high-resolution record of Holocene environmental and climatic change in the Balikun area was reconstructed from a sediment core from the Lake Balikun. Multiproxy data show that the climate was extremely arid during the early Holocene (before 8.6 cal. ka BP). Moisture began to increase after 8.6 cal. ka BP and the climate was humid between 7.9 and 4.3 cal. ka BP. A significant dry event occurred around 4.3–3.8 cal. ka BP. The climate became generally wet during the late Holocene (after 3.8 cal. ka BP). The Holocene pollen and geophysical records do not indicate a wet early Holocene, making it evident that there was no early-Holocene humid period associated with peak Asian monsoon strength. Regional comparisons indicate that this region has a different pattern of Holocene environmental and climatic change from the Asian monsoonal area and south Siberia.