Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1375-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1375-2020
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23 Jul 2020
Research article |  | 23 Jul 2020

Sediment history mirrors Pleistocene aridification in the Gobi Desert (Ejina Basin, NW China)

Georg Schwamborn, Kai Hartmann, Bernd Wünnemann, Wolfgang Rösler, Annette Wefer-Roehl, Jörg Pross, Marlen Schlöffel, Franziska Kobe, Pavel E. Tarasov, Melissa A. Berke, and Bernhard Diekmann

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We use a sediment core from the Gobi Desert (Ejina Basin, NW China) to illustrate the landscape history of the area. During 2.5 million years a sediment package of 223 m thickness has been accumulated. Various sediment types document that the area turned from a playa environment (shallow water environment with multiple flooding events) to an alluvial–fluvial environment after the arrival of the Heihe in the area. The river has been diverted due to tectonics.