Lake Xinluhai




Tibetan Plateau

Lake type:


Category: clastic varves


4020 m asl

Max depth:

65 m

Surface area:

3.3 km2

Catchment area:

75 km2

Archive type:

lacustrine sediments

Author of images:

Guoqiang Chu


Chu GQ, Sun Q, Yang K, Li A, Yu X, Xu T, Yan F, Wang H, Liu M, Wang W, Xie M, Ling L, Liu Q, 2011. Evidence for decreasing south Asian summer monsoon in the past 160 years from varved sediment in Lake Xinluhai, Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2010 VOL. 116, D02116

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Glacial varves from Lake Xinluhai (Tibetan Plateau). A: Flatbed scan of thin section. B: Micro-photograph under a stereoscopic microscope with polarized light. Varves appear as couplets of light silt and dark clay layers. Silt grades upward into fine clay, then the clay layer sharply contacts with the silt layer of the next year. Some rhythmites can be found within the silt layer. > max. resolution