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Holocene environmental change at Lake Shudu, Yunnan Province, southwestern China

Jones, Richard T., Cook, Charlotte G., Zhang, Enlou, Langdon, Peter G., Jordan, Jason and Turney, Chris (2012) Holocene environmental change at Lake Shudu, Yunnan Province, southwestern China Hydrobiologia (doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1124-y).

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A Holocene palaeorecord from Lake Shudu, Yunnan Province, southwestern China is dominated by (1) a pronounced basin-wide sedimentary hiatus after ca. 7.2 kcal yr BP, spanning some 4,000 years and (2) significant changes in sediment source/supply and an increase in heavy metal influx coupled with a shift to more eutrophic lake conditions from ca. 0.9 kcal yr BP, lasting ~300 years. The hiatus is most likely a due to a significant and abrupt reduction in sedimentation rates, the driver of which is unclear; although it appears likely to have been climatically driven. The environmental changes captured in the Lake Shudu palaeorecord provide unambiguous evidence of late Holocene anthropogenic activity, most likely linked to mining activity.

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Published date: 13 May 2012
Keywords: holocene, southwestern china, asian monsoon, lake sediments, past climate change
Organisations: Palaeoenvironment Laboratory (PLUS)


Local EPrints ID: 339662
ISSN: 0018-8158
PURE UUID: 103583c5-128c-4a30-8438-2f0b5eb0dbe5
ORCID for Peter G. Langdon: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 May 2012 10:08
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:53

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Author: Richard T. Jones
Author: Charlotte G. Cook
Author: Enlou Zhang
Author: Jason Jordan
Author: Chris Turney

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