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        Abstract - Issue Jul 2015, 36 (4)                                                                                                             Back

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Provenance tracing of Nd isotopes of sandstorm in Harbin, Heilongjiang province and analysis of its tracks


Yan Yang1*, Mingzhong Tian2 and Jie Cheng2

1Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing-100037, China

2Faculty of Earth Science and Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing-100083, China

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Publication Data

Paper received:

07 June 2014


Revised received:

30 September 2014


Re-revised received:

01 January 2015



07 February 2015



The present study analyzed sandstorms in Harbin, a city in Heilongjiang province in northeastern part of China. Based on the available ground observation data from meteorological stations in Harbin from 1961 to 2010, investigation was conducted for temporal and spatial distribution characteristics and weather conditions. 48 samples of dust collected from two sites were studied in laboratory. By testing the major and trace elements in samples collected, along with Nd isotope content, the component characteristics of these samples was determined. Annual change in law of sandstorm occurrence was found. Increase in occurrence of dust and sand was particularly obvious since 21st century. Occurrence of sandstorm frequency in different seasons was not same. It was high during spring and fall while low during summer and winter. Occurrence of sandstorm in Harbin was potentially related to direction of strong-wind, and winds from southwest was predominant; Horqin sandy land and Otindag sandy land was deemed as far-forth mass source, and the farmland and desertification area around Harbin was near-source. ††  



 Key words

Harbin, Nd isotopic tracing, Sandstorm 



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