Journal article

Landscape dynamics and human-environment interactions in the northern foothills of Cho Oyu and Mount Everest (southern Tibet) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene

MC Meyer, LA Gliganic, J-H May, S Merchel, G Rugel, F Schluetz, MS Aldenderfer, K Krainer



Here we present an integrated earth surface process and paleoenvironmental study from the Tingri graben and the archaeological site of Su-re, located on the southern rim of the Tibetan plateau, spanning the past ca. 30 ka. The study area is characterized by cold climate earth surface processes and aridity due to its altitude and location in the rain shadow of the Mount Everest–Cho Oyu massif and is thus sensitive to climatic and anthropogenic perturbations. In this highly dynamic geomorphic environment, paired-cosmogenic nuclide results from boulders on a massive hummocky moraine in the southern Tingri graben reveal complex exposure histories that limit our capability of directly dating the ..

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Awarded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Awarded by Tirolian Science Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Austrian Science Fund grants to M.C.M. (FWF grant 24924-G19) and L.A.G. (FWF grant M2121-G25) as well as the Tirolian Science Fund grant to M.C.M. (TWF UNI-0404/1355). Parts of this research were carried out at the Ion Beam Centre (IBC) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., a member of the Helmholtz Association. We thank K. Pellegrini and S. Gehring for lab support and are grateful to A. Gartner, R. Llovera, A. Scharf, C. Tiessen, R. Ziegenrucker, and the DREAMS operator team (HZDR) for their help during AMS measurements and S. Gurlit (HZDR) for performing ICP-MS measurements. We thank Jan Blothe and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments that improved this paper.