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ISSN: 2097-1583
CN: 62-1201/P
e-ISSN: 2949-7302

Changes in human settlement environments and their drivers in valley cities located in arid and semi-arid regions: A case study of Lanzhou in Western China

Development of urban human settlement environments (HSEs) is an integral part of promoting high-quality and sustainable regional development and constructing a beautiful China. The city of Lanzhou,...

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Spatial-temporal heterogeneity of ecological quality changes across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau under the influence of climate factors and human activities

Over the last few decades, the ecological quality of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau (QTP) has significantly changed due to climate warming, humidification, and increasing human activities. Thus, evaluating...

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Bibliometric analysis of the status and trend of biological soil crusts research from 1912 to 2023

Biological soil crusts (BSCs) play an important role in soil development and ecological function, and it is more important for quantitatively analyzing the processes and trends of BSCs to identify the...

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Analysis on characteristics of extreme precipitation indices and atmospheric circulation in Northern Shanxi

This article utilizes daily precipitation data from 28 national meteorological stations in northern Shanxi Province spanning from 1972 to 2020, and the US NCEP/NCAR monthly average reanalysis and ERA5...

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Analysis of strength characteristics of loess before and after freezing using a hollow cylinder torsional shear apparatus

This paper aims to comprehensively analyze the influence of the principal stress angle rotation and intermediate principal stress on loess's strength and deformation characteristics. A hollow cylinder...

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The changes in the annual distribution of mountain runoff during the period of 1965–2018 in Hexi Corridor, Northwest China

The annual distribution characteristics of river runoff in arid regions have significant implications for water resource stability and management. Based on the mountain runoff data from 1965 to 2018,...

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Effect of soil archaea on N2O emission in alpine permafrost

Soil microbial communities are pivotal in permafrost biogeochemical cycles, yet the variations of abundant and rare microbial taxa and their impacts on greenhouse gas emissions in different seasons,...

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Short communication: Extreme glacier mass loss triggered by high temperature and drought during hydrological year 2022 / 2023 in Qilian Mountains

In the hydrological year 2022/2023, the glaciers in the Qilian Mountains experienced unprecedented mass loss. The glacier-wide mass balance was −1,188 mm w.e., in contrast to −350 mm of average mass...

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Biological soil crusts and their potential applications in the sand land over Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is now experiencing ecological degradation risks as a result of climate change and human activities. The alpine grassland ecology in permafrost zones is fragile and susceptible...

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Himalayas as a global hot spot of springtime stratospheric intrusions: Insight from isotopic signatures in sulfate aerosols

Downward transport of stratospheric air into the troposphere (identified as stratospheric intrusions) could potentially modify the radiation budget and chemical of the Earth's surface atmosphere. As...

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Impacts of multi-scenario land use change on ecosystem services and ecological security pattern: A case study of the Yellow River Delta

The Yellow River Delta (YRD), a critical economic zone along China's eastern coast, also functions as a vital ecological reserve in the lower Yellow River. Amidst rapid industrialization and urbanization,...

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A novel diurnal and seasonal variation analysis of BTEX in Bengaluru urban area

In the urban atmosphere of Bengaluru, various volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particularly Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene (BTEX), have shown an increasing trend in concentration. The...

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Investigation on the properties of compacted silty clay subjected to electro-osmosis using bender element

The moisture content of subgrade soil in seasonally frozen regions is often higher than its optimum value, leading to a decline in mechanical properties and a reduction in subgrade bearing capacity....

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Correlation analysis of longitudinal cracks and vertical deformation within asphalt pavement of cold regions

The asphalt pavement longitudinal crack is a common distress in cold regions, resulting from uneven deformation of the subgrade. Analysis of the correlation law between uneven deformation and crack...

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Effects of transient temperature gradient on frost heave of saturated silty clay in an open system

Frost heave in seasonally frozen regions is a one-dimensional process that could severely damage infrastructure subgrades. Stress state, temperature and water migration are important factors for frost...

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High-resolution assessment of retrogressive thaw slump susceptibility in the Qinghai-Tibet Engineering Corridor

Under the rapidly warming climate in the Arctic and high mountain areas, permafrost is thawing, leading to various hazards at a global scale. One common permafrost hazard termed retrogressive thaw slump...

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Assessment of the thermal effect of large industrial buildings on permafrost foundation soils in Yakutsk

The results of monitoring studies of the ground thermal state beneath the Yakutsk Combined Heat and Power Plant buildings are presented in order to determine their structural stability and the possibility...

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Effects of surface heating on precipitation over the Tibetan Plateau and its eastern margin

The high terrain of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) has a very important impact on the weather and climate of China, East Asia, South Asia, and even the Northern Hemisphere. However, in recent years, the reasons...

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Compounding effects of human activities and climatic changes on coexistence of oasis-desert ecosystems: Prioritizing resilient decision-making for a riskier world

Water-salt balance is critical for the stable coexistence of salt-affected and groundwater-fed oasis-desert ecosystems. Yet, a comprehensive investigation of how soil salinization and groundwater degradation...

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Mesoscale soil moisture survey by mobile cosmic-ray neutron sensor across various landscapes in the Heihe River Basin

The cosmic-ray neutron technology is a novel method for upscaling soil moisture, holding significant importance in drought monitoring, soil water storage estimation, calibration of remote sensing products,...

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Establishment of an astronomical time scale for the Shizigou Formation in the Qaidam Basin, Inner Asia and orbital forced evolution of lakes during The Pliocene

The Qaidam Basin, as the largest inland basin within the Tibetan Plateau, has accumulated more than 10,000 m of Cenozoic continental sediments. It serves as a crucial research area for documenting Cenozoic...

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Extracting water body data based on SDWI and threshold segmentation: A case study in permafrost area surrounding Salt Lake in Hoh Xil, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China

There are a large number of lakes, rivers, and other natural water bodies distributed in the permafrost area of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP). The changes in water bodies will affect the distribution...

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Pore evolution and shear characteristics of a soil-rock mixture upon freeze-thaw cycling

The changes in pore structure within soil-rock mixtures under freeze-thaw cycles in cold regions result in strength deterioration, leading to instability and slope failure. However, the existing studies...

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Influence of relative compaction and degree of saturation on the deformation characteristics of bentonite under freeze-thaw cycles

Bentonite, consisting of clay minerals of the montmorillonite group, has been widely used as an adsorbent and backfill material in nuclear waste disposal and groundwater remediation. It is challenging...

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Stability of loess high-fill slope based on monitored soil moisture changes

This paper aims to assess the influence of moisture content changes during rainfall on the stability of loess high-fill slopes by taking a loess high-fill slope in Lanzhou City as an example. First,...

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