PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (9): 1099-1106.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.09.004

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Advances in the Indicator of Palaeowind Direction Reconstruction

LIU Li'an1, JIANG Zaixing2   

  1. 1. Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Northeastern University at Qinhuangdao, Qinhuangdao 066004, China;
    2. School of Energy Resources, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2011-03-01 Revised:2011-06-01 Online:2011-09-25 Published:2011-09-25

Abstract: The reconstruction of palaeowind direction has been a major concern in the study of palaeo-atmospheric circulation. The present geological indicators for the reconstruction of palaeowind direction include aeolian landform, spatial distribution of aeolian sediments and results of wind force. This paper summarizes the present geological indicators in the study of palaeowind direction, including direct indicators, indirect indicators and other indicators. Time perspective shows that for the period after the Quaternary, there have been more indicators and diverse reconstruction methods while for the period before the Quaternary, less indicators have been observed but widely applied. Space perspective indicates that the indicators can be easily obtained in arid climatic zones, while the indicators in humid climatic zones are relatively rare and the scope of application is limited. Searching for more indicators is a burning issue in the study of reconstructing palaeowind direction.

Key words: geological indicator, palaeowind direction, paleoclimate