Journal of Earth Science

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 704–717 | Cite as

Organic carbon isotope records of paleoclimatic evolution since the last glacial period in the Tangjia region, Tibet

  • Lingkang Chen (陈陵康)Email author
  • Xulong Lai (赖旭龙)
  • Yinbing Zhao (赵银兵)
  • Haixia Chen (陈海霞)
  • Zhongyun Ni (倪忠云)


We firstly present the description of the river terrace at Tangjia (唐家) Village in Lhasa, Tibet, collect soil samples, and select the climate indicators including δ 13C, total organic carbon (TOC), and the Rb/Sr ratios to study its paleoclimate in this area. Ancient climate changes have been reconstructed since the last glacier period. The results show that the δ 13C, TOC, and the Rb/Sr ratio are good indicators of ancient climate fluctuations. Paleoclimatic evolution in the Lhasa Tangjia region could be divided into seven stages. In stages II (11.7–10.2 kaB.P.) and IV (8.1–6.1 kaB.P.), δ 13C was positive and TOC was high, indicating that the climates in these two stages were relatively warm and humid. In stages III (10.2–8.1 kaB.P.) and V (6.1–4.9 kaB.P.), δ 13C showed cyclical fluctuations, but TOC exhibited less change, suggesting that the climates displayed variation on the millennial scale. Moreover, the climatic variations were on a century-long scale during the later Middle Holocene. Compared with δ 13C from Sumxi Co (松木希错) and δ 18O from the Guliya (古里雅) ice core, the study confirmed that four cold events occurred during the Holocene (9.4, 8.2, 5.4, and 4.2 kaB.P.). The climate indicators were limited to the river terrace based on the geological characteristics of the Lhasa region. Unexpectedly, δ 13C was a sensitive indicator of climate change.

Key words

organic carbon isotopes TOC paleoclimate Lhasa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lingkang Chen (陈陵康)
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xulong Lai (赖旭龙)
    • 1
  • Yinbing Zhao (赵银兵)
    • 3
  • Haixia Chen (陈海霞)
    • 2
  • Zhongyun Ni (倪忠云)
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Earth SciencesChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Resource and Environmental EngineeringJiangxi University of Science and TecchnologyGanzhouChina
  3. 3.College of Tourism and Urban-Rural PlanningChengdu University of TechnologyChengduChina

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