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Type: Journal article
Title: Fe-oxide mineralogy of the Jiujiang red earth sediments and implications for Quaternary climate change, southern China
Author: Yin, K.
Hong, H.
Algeo, T.
Churchman, G.
Li, Z.
Zhu, Z.
Fang, Q.
Zhao, L.
Wang, C.
Ji, K.
Lei, W.
Duan, Z.
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):3610-1-3610-11
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Ke Yin, Hanlie Hong, Thomas J. Algeo, Gordon Jock Churchman, Zhaohui Li, Zongmin Zhu, Qian Fang, Lulu Zhao, Chaowen Wang, Kaipeng Ji, Weidong Lei, Zhenggang Duan
Abstract: Diffuse reflectance spectrophotometry (DRS) is a new, fast, and reliable method to characterize Fe-oxides in soils. The Fe-oxide mineralogy of the Jiujiang red earth sediments was investigated using DRS to investigate the climate evolution of southern China since the mid-Pleistocene. The DRS results show that hematite/(hematite + goethite) ratios [Hm/(Hm + Gt)] exhibit an upward decreasing trend within the Jiujiang section, suggesting a gradual climate change from warm and humid in the middle Pleistocene to cooler and drier in the late Pleistocene. Upsection trends toward higher (orthoclase + plagioclase)/quartz ratios [(Or + Pl)/Q] and magnetic susceptibility values (χlf) support this inference, which accords with global climate trends at that time. However, higher-frequency climatic subcycles observed in loess sections of northern China are not evident in the Jiujiang records, indicating a relatively lower climate sensitivity of the red earth sediments in southern China.
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RMID: 0030083195
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20119-4
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