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The first phase of the research team's field work in the second Qinghai–Tibet Scientific Research activity, named “Investigation of relics of human activity and living environment in southeast Tibet”, has been successfully concluded

2019/8/21 10:59:11

On November 30, 2018, the first phase of the research team's field work in the second Qinghai–Tibet Scientific Research activity, named “Investigation of relics of human activity and living environment in southeast Tibet”, was successfully concluded. Researcher Wang Ping, associate research fellow Hu Gang and Dr Wang Huiying of our institute participated in the activities and took charge of the investigation of the geomorphologic evolution of rivers, lakes and human sites.

The second comprehensive scientific investigation on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau is a comprehensive research program on the plateau that follows on from the large-scale scientific investigation on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau by Chinese scientists in the 1970s. The research team named “Investigation of relics of human activity and living environment in southeast Tibet” mainly focused on investigation of remains of human activity, ancient barrier lakesand dam-break floods, lake drilling, the Monba Lhoba settlement, and agriculture and animal husbandry in Motuo County.

The geomorphological investigation team led by Researcher Wang Ping systematically investigated the geomorphological and sedimentary characteristics of ancient human activity sites in the main channel of the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra, as well as in tributaries of the Lhasa, Nyang Qu, Yigongzangbo and Boduizangbo rivers. They discovered several new sites of ancient human activities, and realized that the occurrence and development of ancient barrier lakesand ancient floods are closely related to spatiotemporal changes in ancient human activities. The team carried out a geomorphological survey using GPS and collected about 60 sediment samples for chronological analysis. This work laid a solid foundation for fine division of the sedimentary system of ancient barrier lake–barrier dam–flood deposits sedimentary system, paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and analysis of the evolution of human–environment relationships.


Photographs taken in the field