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Late Holocene pathway of Asian Summer Monsoons imprinted in soils and societal implications
Hohai Univ, State Key Lab Hydrol Water Resources & Hydraul En, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Joint Int Res Lab Global Change & Water Cycle, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Hohai Univ, Coll Hydrol & Water Resources, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China.
Hohai Univ, State Key Lab Hydrol Water Resources & Hydraul En, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Joint Int Res Lab Global Change & Water Cycle, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Hohai Univ, Coll Hydrol & Water Resources, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China.
Hohai Univ, State Key Lab Hydrol Water Resources & Hydraul En, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Joint Int Res Lab Global Change & Water Cycle, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China;Hohai Univ, Coll Hydrol & Water Resources, Nanjing 210098, Jiangsu, Peoples R China.
United Arab Emirates Univ, Dept Geol, Al Ain 17551, U Arab Emirates.
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2019 (English)In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 215, p. 35-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Asian Summer Monsoons (ASM) represent the main source of precipitation in China and East Asia with about one third of the world population and a region of widespread civilizations. Identifying the temporal and spatial patterns (pathways) of these monsoonal events during the Late Holocene to today has been a matter of debate amongst the scientific community. Here we show that the distribution patterns of the cosmogenic isotope Be-10 and oceanic I-127 in the topsoil across China exhibit imprints of the main ASM pathways. Our results indicate the monsoon pathway pattern persisted for several millennia or more and suggest a strong bond between Be-10 and water vapor transport patterns. Our data also reveal a(127)I distribution pattern controlled by the ASM pathways, rather than proximity to the sea or bedrock weathering. The persistent pathway of the ASM during the late Holocene, together with higher than average global soil iodine concentration, may have further strengthened the development of civilizations in this region of the world through reduction of iodine deficiency related diseases. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 215, p. 35-44
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Be-10, I-127, Asian Summer Monsoons
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390908DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.05.002ISI: 000474318200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390908DiVA, id: diva2:1343876
Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-19Bibliographically approved

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