Lake Status Records from the Former Soviet Union and MongoliaEntry ID: NOAA_NCDC_PALEO_94-023
Abstract: This data set contains the information in Tarasov, P.E, et al, 1994 and 1996,
"LAKE STATUS RECORDS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AND MONGOLIA: DATA BASE
DOCUMENTATION". The report documents reconstructions of long-term changes in
lake status from 98 lakes from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and 5 lakes from
The data base includes fully documented and coded records from 98 basins from
the ... FSU and 5 basins from Mongolia. The data base was compiled by extracting
information on changes in lake status from existing lithologic or
biostratigraphic data. Most of the sites included in the data base have
continuous Holocene records; many have lateglacial records and a few extend to
beyond the last glacial maximum. The sites chosen for inclusion have been
screened to meet standards of dating control and consistency among different
climatic indicators. Records or parts of records where water depth appears to
have been influenced by non-climatic factors, such a tectonism or human impact,
or by factors where the climatic influence is indirect, such as sea-level
changes and glacier fluctuations, have been excluded from the data base. A
total of 23 basins have been excluded from the data base because they do not
meet these standards.
The major source of information on changes in lake status for most of the
basins discussed in this report are changes in the nature of the bottom
sediments, including lithology, grain size, organic content and chemical
composition, as revealed in sediment cores. Palaeoecological evidence
(aquatic pollen and macrofossils, diatoms, ostracodes, molluscs) have been used
to provide corroborating evidence for the reconstructed changes in water depth.
The reconstruction of changes in water depth at every site is based on the
consensus interpretation of a minimum of two lines of evidence, following
Harrison (1988), and Harrison and Digerfeldt (1993).
Complete documentation is available from:
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Tarasov, P.E., et al.
Dataset Title: Lake Status Records from the Former Soviet Union and Mongolia
Dataset Series Name: IGBP PAGES/WDC Data Contribution Series #: 94-023 and 96-032
Dataset Release Date: March 1997
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
Issue Identification: 94-023 and 96-032
Other Citation Details: NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology ProgramOnline Resource: ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/paleo/paleolimnology/lakelevels/fo...
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 15000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 0 ybp
ISO Topic Category
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online, www
Distribution Size: 46 MB
Distribution Format: shapefiles
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-09-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2004-09-23