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Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment

Nie, Junsheng; Stevens, Thomas; Rittner, Martin; Stockli, Daniel; Garzanti, Eduardo; Limonta, Mara; Bird, Anna; Andò, Sergio; Vermeesch, Pieter; Saylor, Joel; Lu, Huayu; Breecker, Daniel; Hu, Xiaofei; Liu, Shanpin; Resentini, Alberto; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Peng, Wenbin; Carter, Andrew; Ji, Shunchuan; Pan, Baotian


Junsheng Nie

Thomas Stevens

Martin Rittner

Daniel Stockli

Eduardo Garzanti

Mara Limonta

Sergio Andò

Pieter Vermeesch

Joel Saylor

Huayu Lu

Daniel Breecker

Xiaofei Hu

Shanpin Liu

Alberto Resentini

Giovanni Vezzoli

Wenbin Peng

Andrew Carter

Shunchuan Ji

Baotian Pan


Marine accumulations of terrigenous sediment are widely assumed to accurately record climatic- and tectonic-controlled mountain denudation and play an important role in understanding late Cenozoic mountain uplift and global cooling. Underpinning this is the assumption that the majority of sediment eroded from hinterland orogenic belts is transported to and ultimately stored in marine basins with little lag between erosion and deposition. Here we use a detailed and multi-technique sedimentary provenance dataset from the Yellow River to show that substantial amounts of sediment eroded from Northeast Tibet and carried by the river’s upper reach are stored in the Chinese Loess Plateau and the western Mu Us desert. This finding revises our understanding of the origin of the Chinese Loess Plateau and provides a potential solution for mismatches between late Cenozoic terrestrial sedimentation and marine geochemistry records, as well as between global CO2 and erosion records.


Nie, J., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Stockli, D., Garzanti, E., Limonta, M., …Pan, B. (2015). Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature communications, 6(1), Article ARTN 8511.

Acceptance Date Aug 28, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2015
Publication Date 2015-12
Deposit Date Nov 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Nature communications
Electronic ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Article Number ARTN 8511
Keywords Yellow River
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Additional Information This is a Gold Open Access article published in Nature communications, 2015, v.6.


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