Holocene Environmental Changes and the Evolution of the Neolithic Cultures in China

  • Duowen MoEmail author
  • Zhijun Zhao
  • Junjie Xu
  • Minglin Li


China has three great topographic zones (Fig. 19.1). The first, in the eastern part of the mainland, contains plains ranging from a few tens of meters to ca. 100 m in elevation and hills and low mountains ranging from hundreds of meters to ca. 1000 m asl. The first zone passes gradually westwards into the second, which is characterized primarily by hills and mountains over 1000 m high and by deep river valleys. The third topographic zone is the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateaus with average altitude over 4000 m asl.


Hexi Corridor Foxtail Millet Neolithic Culture Yangtze River Region Broomcorn Millet 
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  1. 1.College of Environmental and Urban SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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