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Climate-driven desertification and its implications for the ancient Silk Road trade
Dong, GH(董广辉)1; Wang, Leibin2; Zhang, David Dian2; Liu, Fengwen3; Cui, Yifu4; Li, GQ(李国强)1; Shi, Zhilin5; Chen, Fahu6
2021-06-29
Source PublicationCLIMATE OF THE PAST
ISSN1814-9324
Volume17Issue:3Pages:1395-1407
AbstractThe ancient Silk Road played a crucial role in cultural exchange and commercial trade between western and eastern Eurasia during the historical period. However, the exchanges were interrupted in the early 16th century CE, during the Ming dynasty. Various causes for the decline of the ancient Silk Road have been suggested. Unlike social factors, natural factors have not been adequately addressed. In this study, we use evidence from a sedimentary site (Xishawo, XSW) in Dunhuang oasis, together with analysis of historical archives, to demonstrate the occurrence of extreme droughts and desertification events in the Dunhuang area post similar to 1450 CE, which persisted at least for decades. The desertification may be closely associated with the accessibility of the ancient Silk Road in the area, which was responsible for a steep fall in the volume of trade, as well as political chaos and mass migrations. Therefore, besides socio-economic factors, climate change may have played an important role in trade exchange between the Ming government and the West and may have even influenced the rise and decline of the ancient Silk Road.
PublisherCOPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
DOI10.5194/cp-17-1395-2021
Indexed BySCOPUS ; SCIE
Language英语
WOS Research AreaGeology ; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
WOS SubjectGeosciences, Multidisciplinary ; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000668609800001
Original Document TypeArticle
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.lzu.edu.cn/handle/262010/452509
Collection资源环境学院
Affiliation1.Lanzhou Univ, Key Lab Western Chinas Environm Syst, Coll Earth & Environm Sci, Minist Educ, Lanzhou 730000, Peoples R China;
2.Guangzhou Univ, Ctr Climate & Environm Changes, Sch Geog Sci, Guangzhou 510006, Peoples R China;
3.Yunnan Univ, Sch Ecol & Environm Sci, Inst Ecol Res & Pollut Control Plateau Lakes, Kunming 650504, Yunnan, Peoples R China;
4.Huaqiao Univ, Coll Tourism, Quanzhou 362021, Peoples R China;
5.Lanzhou Univ, Sch Hist & Culture, Inst Dunhuang Studies, Lanzhou 73000, Peoples R China;
6.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Tibetan Plateau Res, Grp Alpine Paleoecol & Human Adaptat Alpha, State Key Lab Tibetan Plateau Earth Syst Resource, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationCollege of Earth Environmental Sciences
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Dong, Guanghui,Wang, Leibin,Zhang, David Dian,et al. Climate-driven desertification and its implications for the ancient Silk Road trade[J]. CLIMATE OF THE PAST,2021,17(3):1395-1407.
APA Dong, Guanghui.,Wang, Leibin.,Zhang, David Dian.,Liu, Fengwen.,Cui, Yifu.,...&Chen, Fahu.(2021).Climate-driven desertification and its implications for the ancient Silk Road trade.CLIMATE OF THE PAST,17(3),1395-1407.
MLA Dong, Guanghui,et al."Climate-driven desertification and its implications for the ancient Silk Road trade".CLIMATE OF THE PAST 17.3(2021):1395-1407.
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