Posted on 22/01/2013
Exciting news today! Our paper 'Genetic linkage between the Yellow River, the Mu Us desert and the Chinese Loess Plateau' is available online at dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.032
The Mu Us desert has been hypothesized as a potential source of the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP). Zircon U-Pb and heavy mineral analyses show that the western part of the Mu Us is identical to a Quaternary loess sample from the CLP and a sample from the Yellow River from Lanzhou. However, the eastern Mu Us and a sample from the Tengger desert are dominated by more locally derived sources. The western Mu Us samples, Quaternary loess and the Yellow River are dominated by northeastern Tibetan grains, suggesting that the Yellow River is transporting sediment from Tibet which is then being deposited on the CLP and the western Mu Us.