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The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand (2016)
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Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Bird, A., Stevens, T., Garzanti, E., …Lu, H. (2016). The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand. Earth and planetary science letters, 437, (127-137). doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.036. ISSN 0012-821X

Sand migration in the vast Taklamakan desert within the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, PR China) is governed by two competing transport agents: wind and water, which work in diametrically opposed directions. Net aeolian transport is... Read More

Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland (2015)
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Walker, S., Thirlwall, M. F., Strachan, R. A., & Bird, A. F. (2016). Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(3), (489-503). doi:10.1144/jgs2015-034. ISSN 0016-7649

Shetland occupies a unique central location within the North Atlantic Caledonides. Thirty-three new high-precision Rb–Sr mineral ages indicate a polyorogenic history. Ages of 723–702 Ma obtained from the vicinity of the Wester Keolka Shear Zone indic... Read More

Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment (2015)
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Andò, S., Ando, S., Bird, A., Andò, S., Breecker, D., Carter, A., …Vezzoli, G. (2015). Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature communications, 6(1), doi:10.1038/ncomms9511. ISSN 2041-1723

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... Read More

Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau (2015)
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Bird, A., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Andò, S., …Xu, Z. (2015). Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 435, (254-264). doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.024. ISSN 0031-0182

The Chinese Loess Plateau in north central China contains one of the most valuable Cenozoic climate archives on land. Establishing the origin of this substantial archive of aeolian sediments is critical for the interpretation of loess climate proxies... Read More

Provenance of the upper Miocene–Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau (2014)
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Nie, J., Peng, W., Möller, A., Song, Y., Stockli, D. F., Stevens, T., …Fang, X. (2014). Provenance of the upper Miocene–Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau. Earth and planetary science letters, 407, (35-47). doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.09.026. ISSN 0012-821X

© 2014 Elsevier B.V. A clear understanding of the provenance of late Cenozoic Chinese loess and the underlying Red Clay deposits will shed light on the history and mechanisms of Asian aridification. Although much progress has been made in understandi... Read More

An abrupt shift in dust source on the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed through high sampling resolution OSL dating (2013)
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Stevens, T., Adamiec, G., Bird, A. F., & Lu, H. (2013). An abrupt shift in dust source on the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed through high sampling resolution OSL dating. Quaternary science reviews, 82, (121-132). doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.10.014. ISSN 0277-3791

The source of dust that forms the extensive deposits of loess exposed on the Chinese Loess Plateau is highly debated. In particular, it is not clear whether sources can change abruptly within individual loess units or whether local influences on sour... Read More

Controlling factors on heavy mineral assemblages in Chinese loess and red clay (2013)
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Nie, J., Peng, W., Pfaff, K., Möller, A., Garzanti, E., Andò, S., …Ji, S. (2013). Controlling factors on heavy mineral assemblages in Chinese loess and red clay. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 381-382, (110-118). doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.04.020. ISSN 0031-0182

Heavy-mineral analysis is a sensitive technique in constraining provenance of sandstone, but has rarely been applied to loess. Here we report a heavy-mineral study of selected samples from the Luochuan, Xifeng and Caoxian loess-Red Clay sections on t... Read More

Genetic linkage between the Yellow River, the Mu Us desert and the Chinese Loess Plateau (2013)
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Stevens, T., Carter, A., Watson, T. P., Vermeesch, P., Andò, S., Bird, A. F., …Sevastjanova, I. (2013). Genetic linkage between the Yellow River, the Mu Us desert and the Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary science reviews, 78, (355-368). doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.032. ISSN 0277-3791

Arid and semi arid northern China holds some of the world's most significant sand sea and loess deposits. In particular, arguably the most important late Cenozoic wind-blown dust archives on land are exposed on the Chinese Loess Plateau. The origin o... Read More