nes aw nd nesto China ’s Past s and d u nes of active dunes turns out to be a presses rainfall in areas north and Reveal Monoosn ’s time when the monsoon system is west of the monsoon core. u ne x Pe Cetd Rgeional supposed to have been stronger in To s t udy t he h i s tor y of t he i nufle n Ce southern and central China.” dunes, the researchers used a tech- When researchers looked to Chi- The researchers believe that the nique called optically stimulated na’s dune activity for clues of the answer could be in local patterns luminescence (OSL), which dates area’s climate and the inf luence of atmospheric circulation. At the when the sand was last exposed to of the monsoons on it, what they height of the summer monsoon, sunlight. The method identif ies found was a surprise. Instead of along with the heavy precipitation, time periods when the sand was a close connection between pre- central China experiences strong actively moving around and when cipitation in the dunef ields and upward airf low, which tends to be the dunes were stable. the strength of the monsoon,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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