Articles | Volume 24, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3835–3850, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-3835-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3835–3850, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-3835-2020

Research article 29 Jul 2020

Research article | 29 Jul 2020

Survival of the Qaidam mega-lake system under mid-Pliocene climates and its restoration under future climates

Dieter Scherer

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (09 Jan 2020) by Bob Su
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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (08 Mar 2020) by Bob Su
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (05 Apr 2020) by Bob Su
AR by Dieter Scherer on behalf of the Authors (11 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 May 2020) by Bob Su
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (27 May 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (11 Jun 2020) by Bob Su
AR by Dieter Scherer on behalf of the Authors (20 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Jun 2020) by Bob Su
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Short summary
During the Pliocene, the Qaidam Basin on the Tibetan Plateau contained a mega-lake system. During the Pleistocene, it disappeared almost completely. Today, hyperarid climates prevail in the low-altitude parts of the basin. This study reveals that today's mean water balance of the Qaidam Basin is nearly zero and is positive during warmer, less dry years. The results explain how the mega-lake system could survive for a long time in the past and could eventually be restored in the future.