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Snapshot of the Pliocene environment of West Kunlun region, Northwest China
Liu, Jia1,2; Wang, Teng-Xiang1,3; Zhang, Xin-Wen1,3; Song, Ai1,4; Li, Shu-Feng1; Huang, Jian1; Spicer, Teresa1; Spicer, Robert A.1; Wu, Fei-Xiang5,6; Su, Tao1
2021-01-27
Source PublicationPALAEOBIODIVERSITY AND PALAEOENVIRONMENTS
ISSN1867-1594
Pages14
Abstract

The West Kunlun region forms the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, and sedimentation in this region contributed to plateau formation and its northwards expansion, as well as the development of central Asian aridification. However, the stratigraphic dating framework in this region has been ambiguous, hampering the understanding of both tectonic and environmental evolution. Here, palynological analysis was performed on the Xialafudie Formation in the West Kunlun region. Together with the palynological assemblage and megafossils found in the study section, as well as regional stratigraphic comparison, we conclude that the Xialafudie Formation was deposited during the Pliocene, and not Early Cretaceous as previously reported. The palynological assemblage of the section is mainly composed of drought-tolerant herbs and shrubs, and the percentage of conifers and broadleaved trees is very low, indicating that a dry and cold environment prevailed in the West Kunlun region during the Pliocene. Comprehensively analysed palynological data from the Tarim Basin and its surroundings show that aridification intensified in this part of central Asia during the Pliocene, as a result of long-term global cooling and regional tectonism.

KeywordPalynology Stratigraphy Tibetan Plateau Tarim Basin Aridification
DOI10.1007/s12549-020-00458-9
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectState Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS)[193112] ; Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS[XDA20070301] ; Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS[XDA20070203] ; NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China)-NERC (Natural Environment Research Council of the UK) joint research program[41,661,134,049] ; NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China)-NERC (Natural Environment Research Council of the UK) joint research program[NE/P013805/1] ; Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific expedition (STEP) program ; Postdoctoral Fellowship of XTBG ; CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology XTBG, CAS ; Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences, CAS[QYZDB-SSW-SMC016] ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS[2017439] ; CAS 135 program[2017XTBG-F01]
WOS Research AreaBiodiversity & Conservation ; Paleontology
WOS SubjectBiodiversity Conservation ; Paleontology
WOS IDWOS:000611937600003
Funding OrganizationState Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS) ; Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS ; NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China)-NERC (Natural Environment Research Council of the UK) joint research program ; Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific expedition (STEP) program ; Postdoctoral Fellowship of XTBG ; CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology XTBG, CAS ; Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences, CAS ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS ; CAS 135 program
PublisherSPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/37776
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding AuthorSu, Tao; Zhou, Zhe-Kun
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, CAS Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Mengla 666303, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, State Key Lab Palaeobiol & Stratig, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
4.Yunnan Univ, MEC Int Joint Lab Palaeobiol & Palaeoenvironm, Yunnan Key Lab Earth Syst Sci, Inst Palaeontol,Yunnan Key Lab Palaeobiol, Kunming 650500, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Vertebrate Paleontol & Paleoanthropol, Key Lab Vertebrate Evolut & Human Origins, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
6.CAS Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
7.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650204, Yunnan, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationNanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeonotology,CAS
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Liu, Jia,Wang, Teng-Xiang,Zhang, Xin-Wen,et al. Snapshot of the Pliocene environment of West Kunlun region, Northwest China[J]. PALAEOBIODIVERSITY AND PALAEOENVIRONMENTS,2021:14.
APA Liu, Jia.,Wang, Teng-Xiang.,Zhang, Xin-Wen.,Song, Ai.,Li, Shu-Feng.,...&Zhou, Zhe-Kun.(2021).Snapshot of the Pliocene environment of West Kunlun region, Northwest China.PALAEOBIODIVERSITY AND PALAEOENVIRONMENTS,14.
MLA Liu, Jia,et al."Snapshot of the Pliocene environment of West Kunlun region, Northwest China".PALAEOBIODIVERSITY AND PALAEOENVIRONMENTS (2021):14.
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