Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Solid Earth, 11, 1375–1398, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1375-2020
Solid Earth, 11, 1375–1398, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1375-2020
Research article
23 Jul 2020
Research article | 23 Jul 2020

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

Georg Schwamborn et al.

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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.