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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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.