Authored by Yu Junqing and Zhang Lisa.
This monograph reports the results obtained after 1991 from the investigation on two piston cores, Q14B and Q16C, and on the 25 m drill-core from Lake Qinghai with a multidisciplinary approach. It deals with several key paleoclimatic, paleolimnological, and geochemical questions. The monograph evaluates sediment records available by far from Lake Qinghai and other sites selected from the region with respect to the regional reconstruction of the paleoenvironment and paleoclimate changes since the MIS 3. Studies related to the field investigations from the summer of 2005 are beyond the scope of this monograph.