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Progress in climate driving system of peatlands development TEXT SIZE: A A A

Studying the peatlands accumulation and carbon (C) storage in monsoonal areas could provide useful insights into the response of C dynamics to climate variation in the geological past. Here, we integrated 40 well-dated peat/lake sediment cores to reveal the peatlands evolution history in Sanjiang Plain and examine its links to East Asian monsoon variations during the Holocene. The results show that 80% peatlands in Sanjiang Plain initiated after 4.7 ka (1 ka = 1000 cal yr BP), with the largest initiating frequency around 4.5 ka. The mean C accumulation rate of peatlands in Sanjiang Plain exhibits a synchronous increase with the peatlands expansion during the Holocene. Such a peatlands expanding and C accumulating pattern corresponds well to the remarkable drying event subsequent to the Holocene monsoon maximum. We suggest that in addition to the locally topographic conditions, Holocene variations of East Asian summer monsoon (especially its associated precipitation) have played a critical role in driving the peatlands initiation and expansion in Sanjiang Plain, China.

This research was published in Scientific Reports.

Paper Information:

Zhenqing Zhang, Wei Xing, Guoping Wang, Shouzheng Tong, Xianguo Lv, Jimin Sun (2015), The peatlands developing history in the Sanjiang Plain, NE China, and its response to East Asian monsoon variation. Scientifc Reports 11316. 

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