Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2006, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (4): 423-429.doi: 10.1007/s11442-006-0405-7

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Climatic evolution in the Yangtze Delta region in the late Holocene epoch

ZHU Cheng1, ZHANG Qiang2   

  1. 1. Department of Geography and Ocean Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China|
    2. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China
  • Received:2006-06-05 Revised:2006-07-17 Online:2006-12-25 Published:2006-12-25
  • Supported by:

    Key Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.90411015; Foundation of Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, No.S260018; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40271103; Open Foundation of the State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology from the Institute of Earth Environment, CAS, No. SKLLQG0503; Physical Geography of “985” Item and Foundation of Modern Analyses Center of Nanjing University


Neolithic site sections, natural sections and other proxy indicators like paleotrees and peat are collected for further understanding the environmental changes during the past 10,000 years in the Yangtze Delta region. The results indicate that cultural interruption in the Yangtze Delta was the result of water expansion induced by climatic changes like more precipitation. For fragile human mitigation to the natural hazards in the Neolithic cultural period, environmental changes usually exerted tremendous influences on human activities, havocking the human civilization, which is meaningful for human mitigation to natural hazards under the present global warming. At the same time, some uncertainties in reconstruction of paleo-environmental changes were discussed in the text.

Key words: environmental changes, Holocene, Yangtze Delta, climatic proxy indicators