Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 518–524 | Cite as

A study on the effects of the surrounding faults on water loss in the Zoige Wetland, China

  • Mei Li
  • Rui Xu
  • Wendian Huang
  • Hailong SunEmail author
  • Lin Luo


The Zoige wetland is the biggest alpine wetland in the world, and an important water resource of the Yellow River. Due to natural and human factors, the Zoige wetland has been seriously degraded. Existing studies on the Zoige wetland mainly focus on the macro features of the wetland, while the influence of the surrounding faults on the Zoige wetland degradation is rarely studied. This study uses terrain data to analyze the cover change and the water loss caused by the Wqie-Seji fault based on the distributed hydrological model. The simulated water loss demonstrates that the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is the most important factor for inducing water loss. The fault is also a factor that cannot be neglected, which has caused 33% of the wetland water loss. Therefore, it is of importance to study the influence of the fault on the wetland degradation.


Hydrological model Fault Degradation Water loss Zoige Wetland 


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© Science Press, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mei Li
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rui Xu
    • 2
    • 4
  • Wendian Huang
    • 1
  • Hailong Sun
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lin Luo
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.College of Life and Environmental ScienceGuilin University of Electronic TechnologyGuilinChina
  3. 3.College of Architecture and EnvironmentSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  4. 4.College of Life ScienceSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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