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Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 335–344 | Cite as

Reply to comment by Zhang (2014): The Shell Bar in the Qaidam Basin: fluvial or lake deposit, and OSL versus 14C age data

  • Steffen Mischke
  • David Madsen
  • Chengjun Zhang
  • Zhongping Lai
Reply

Zhang’s (2014) comments on the formation and age of the Shell Bar in the Qaidam Basin go far beyond our specific Shell Bar papers (Lai et al. 2014; Mischke et al. 2014) and include questions about a number of other lake basins in China. Although we disagree with many of Zhang’s comments about these other basins (e.g. the Qinghai Lake Basin), we cannot hope to address them all here, so we stick to several main points. First, we address specific comments about the Shell Bar, including: (1) Shell Bar sediments, (2) geomorphological history and implications, (3) Corbicula shells as a major Shell Bar constituent, and (4) OSL age data. Second, we address what is surely the more scientifically important, and as yet unsettled issue at the core of the debate, i.e. the relative reliability of OSL versus radiocarbon dating for shoreline sediments in the range from MIS 5 to early MIS 3.

Shell Bar issues

Sediments (grain size and structures)

The sediments of the Shell Bar are mostly silty to sandy...

Keywords

Spring Water Wind Erosion Qaidam Basin Freshwater Clam Western Qaidam Basin 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to Xiaozhong Huang, Thomas Kasper, Shijie Li, Xingqi Liu, Stephan Opitz, Yongbo Wang and Wei Zhong who kindly provided original grain-size data for sediment cores of lakes on the Tibetan Plateau and northwestern-most China. We thank Mark Brenner for editorial improvements of the original draft. Funding was provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and China NSF (41290252, 41121001, 41172168).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Mischke
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Madsen
    • 3
  • Chengjun Zhang
    • 4
  • Zhongping Lai
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Earth SciencesUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland
  2. 2.Institute of Earth and Environmental ScienceUniversität PotsdamPotsdam-GolmGermany
  3. 3.MOE Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems, Research School of Arid Environment and Climate ChangeLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  4. 4.School of Earth Sciences and Key Laboratory of Mineral Resources in Western ChinaLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  5. 5.School of Earth SciencesChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina

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