(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Composition, origin and weathering process of surface sediment in Kumtagh Desert, Northwest China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

XU Z. (1) ; LU H. (1) ; ZHAO C. (1) ; WANG X. (1) ; SU Z. (2) ; WANG Z. (3) ; LIU H. (4) ; WANG L. (1) ; LU Q. (2) ;
(1) School of Geographic & Oceanographic Sciences, Univ., Nanjing, CHINE
(2) Inst. of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, CHINE
(3) College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Lanzhou, CHINE
(4) Inst. of Arid Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration, Lanzhou, CHINE


In this paper, 33 representative surface sediment samples were collected from the Kumtagh Desert and analyzed in the laboratory to obtain heavy mineral components and geochemical element contents. Results show that various kinds of heavy minerals are present in these samples, with high levels of epidote and hornblende. The AA. investigate the source region of these sediments. They also evaluate the effect of physical weathering process on the mineralogical and geochemical composition of the desert sands


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2011, vol. 21, no6 [pp. 1062-1076]

Bibliographic references : 45 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 4 tabl.



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