Mountain Geoecology and Sustainable Development of the Tibetan Plateau

  • Du Zheng
  • Qingsong Zhang
  • Shaohong Wu

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Zheng Du, Zhang Qingsong
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lin Zhenyao, Zhang Xueqin, Yin Zhiyong
    Pages 89-112
  4. Zhao Lin, Chen Guichen, Cheng Guodong, Li Shuxun
    Pages 113-137
  5. Wang Jinting
    Pages 139-157
  6. Tan Jian’An, Zhu Wenyu, Li Ribang, Wang Wuyi
    Pages 159-180
  7. Wu Shaohong, Yang Qinye
    Pages 181-202
  8. Zhu Liping, Li Bingyuan
    Pages 203-222
  9. Li Bosheng
    Pages 223-242
  10. Peng Buzhuo, Bao Haosheng, Pu Lijie
    Pages 265-282
  11. Yang Qinye
    Pages 283-302
  12. Wang Xiuhong
    Pages 303-325
  13. Li Bingyuan, Zhu Liping
    Pages 327-348
  14. Zhang Baiping
    Pages 349-372
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 373-396

About this book

Introduction

Intense uplift of the Tibetan Plateau in Late Cenozoic Era is one of the most important events in geological history of the Earth. The plateau offers an ideal region for studying of lithospheric formation and evolution, probing into the mechanism of crustal movement, and understanding of changes in environments and geo-ecosystems in Asia. Intense uplift ofthe plateau resulted in drastic changes of natural environment and apparent regional differentiation on the plateau proper and neighboring regions. The plateau therefore becomes a sensitive area of climate change in Asian monsoon region, which is closely related to the global change. As a special physical unit, its ecosystems occupy a prominent position in the world. Due to its extremely high elevation and great extent, natural types and characteristics of physical landscapes on the plateau are quite different from those in lowlands at comparable latitudes, and environments are also different from those in high­ latitudinal zones. Consequently, the Tibetan Plateau has been classified as one of three giant physical regions in China and considered as a unique unit on Earth. Scientific surveys and expeditions to the Tibetan Plateau on large scale began from 1950's. Amongst them, a number of comprehensive scientific expeditions to the Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region, Hengduan Mts. areas, Karakorum and Kunlun Mts. regions, as well as the Hoh Xii Mts. areas, have been successively carried out by the Integrated Scientific Expedition to Tibetan Plateau, sponsored by Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1973.

Keywords

Evolution biocoenosis biodiversity development ecology ecosystem environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Du Zheng
    • 1
  • Qingsong Zhang
    • 1
  • Shaohong Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPR. China

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0965-2
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3800-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0965-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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