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The quantitative reconstruction of temperature and precipitation in the Guanzhong Basin of the southern Loess Plateau between 6200 BP and 5600 BP

Research paper by Sun, N, Li, X, Dodson, J, Zhou, X, Zhao, K, Yang, Q.

Indexed on: 12 Aug '16Published on: 29 Jul '16Published in: The Holocene



Abstract

Understanding the features of the paleoclimate and paleoenvrionment from key areas is crucial for predicting the climate variation of the future. In this study, fossil charcoal coupled with high-accuracy accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) 14C dating from the Guanzhong Basin is analyzed to reconstruct the paleoclimate. Here, the coexistence approach (CA) was applied, and the result showed that the mean annual temperature (MAT) was about 14.8°C, and the annual precipitation (AP) was about 831.1 mm in the Guanzhong Basin during 6200–5600 cal. a BP. Comparing the climate between the mid-Holocene and present in the Xi’an area, the MAT was about 1.1°C higher than today and the AP was about 278 mm higher than today, similar to the modern climate of the Hanzhong area in the southern Qinling Mountains.