Spread of loess and march of desert in western India

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Recent studies on loess deposits and deserts have provided clues to climatic change in the Quaternary period in the Indian sub-continent. The palaeoclimatic record in the Thar Desert apparently dates back to ~200 ka., while the loess-palaeosol succession in the Kashmir Basin in NW Himalaya parallels deep-sea oxygen isotope record up to Stage 9. The desert lakes have preserved record of climatic fluctuations from Terminal pleistocene onwards. Loess deposits in the basins of the Son and the Belan rivers in north-central India are good indicators of the areal extent of the Quaternary aridity in the sub-continent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-848
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Science
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

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