(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Reconstruction of cultivated land during mid-Holocene in the middle and lower reaches of Yellow River and human impact on vegetations

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOU G. (1 2) ; LAI Z. (2 1) ; XIAO J. (1) ; CHONGYI E. (1) ;
(1) MOE Key Lab. of Tibetan Plateau Environment and Ressources, Qinghai Normal Univ., Xining, CHINE
(2) State Key Lab. of Cryospheric Sciences, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Inst., CAS, Lanzhou, CHINE


In this study, the distribution pattern of the cultivated land in late Yangshao culture is reconstructed using GIS tool and site domain analysis (SDA). The results show that the cultivated land during 5.5–5.0 ka BP was mainly distributed in the Weihe River valley, Luohe River valley, northwestern Henan Plain, Fenhe River valley and eastern Gansu region, especially concentrated in the Xi’an-Baoji line of the Weihe River valley. Charcoal records indicate that the ancestors of Yangshao culture burnt forests for reclamation, leading to the decrease of arbor pollen at 5 ka BP in core areas of the Yangshao culture. The areas that were significantly affected by human activities accounted for 3.2% of the Yangshao culture influenced area, while the moderately affected areas accounted for 20.1% of Yangshao culture influenced area


Article of periodic

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

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2012, vol. 22, no5 [pp. 933-945]

Bibliographic references : 51 ref.

Collation : 5 fig., 3 tabl.



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