Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 18–28 | Cite as

Digital spectra and analysis of altitudinal belts in Tianshan Mountains, China

  • Zhang Baiping 
  • Mo Shenguo 
  • Wu Hongzhi 
  • Xiao Fei 


Based on the framework of the geo-info spectra of montane altitudinal belts, this paper firstly reviews six classification systems for the spectra of mountain altitudinal belts in China and considers that detailed regional study of altitudinal belts is the key for reaching standardization and systemization of mountain altitudinal belts. Only can this further identify and resolve problems with the study of altitudinal belts. The factors forming the spectra of altitudinal belts are analyzed in the Tianshan Mountains of China, and a digital altitudinal belt system is constructed for the northern flank, southern flank, the heartland, and Ili valley in the west. The characteristics of each belt are revealed with a summarization of the pattern of areal differentiation of altitudinal belts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhang Baiping 
    • 1
  • Mo Shenguo 
    • 1
  • Wu Hongzhi 
    • 1
  • Xiao Fei 
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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