Cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al dating of paleolake shorelines in Tibet

Kong, P., Na, C., Brown, R. , Fabel, D. , Freeman, S. , Xiao, W. and Wang, Y. (2011) Cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al dating of paleolake shorelines in Tibet. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 41(3), pp. 263-273. (doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.02.016)

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We have used in situ produced cosmogenic nuclides 10Be and 26Al to date lacustrine shorelines around eight lakes in Tibet. Two lakes located south of the Yarlung Tsangpo River discharged at high lake levels. One of them, Drolung Co (Co is a local term, meaning lake), became closed (its water level fell below its outlet channel) at ∼3.8 ka and lowered over 120 m vertically since then. This implies a significant change in intensity of precipitation driven by the Indian monsoon over southern Tibet in the middle-late Holocene. Nam Co and Dajia Co, located to the north of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, also drained at high lake levels and became closed ∼53–36 ka and ∼48 ka, respectively. Of four other lakes developed closely in the Qiangtang basin, north of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Tangra Yum Co and Siling Co (located at 31–32°N) show exposure ages for high lake shorelines of over 220 ka, the oldest lake shorelines reported for Tibet, while towards the north and west, the high lake of Zhari Nam Co appeared after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The different pattern of lake development to the north of Yarlung Tsangpo River may reflect regional climate effects.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fabel, Dr Derek and Freeman, Professor Stewart and Brown, Professor Roderick
Authors: Kong, P., Na, C., Brown, R., Fabel, D., Freeman, S., Xiao, W., and Wang, Y.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
Published Online:10 March 2011

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