Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2009, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (1): 107-117.doi: 10.1007/s11442-009-0107-z

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Dust source of the Holocene loess-soil and pedogenic environmental changes in the upper Huaihe River

LI Xinyan1, HUANG Chunchang2, PANG Jiangli2, HE Zhong2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China|
    2. Department of Geography, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
  • Received:2008-01-02 Revised:2008-06-06 Online:2009-02-25 Published:2009-02-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40571154; No.40471119


Based on field surveys, soil samples were collected at the YPC site, Yuzhou City, Henan Province for analysis of contents of major and trace elements and their variations with XRF and comparison with the curves of magnetic susceptibility, pH value distribution, loss on ignition and particle-size distribution. It was concluded that the dust source of loess in the upper reaches of the Huaihe River Basin was different from that in the Loess Plateau. And the Holocene pedogenic environmental changes in the upper reaches of the Huaihe River Basin were revealed.

Key words: loess, palaeosol, Holocene, dust source, upper reaches of the Huaihe River, China