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The research history and main research content of the Dunhuang Geopark

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Time:2019-02-11 11:20

The main research history and research content


The Geopark has been attracting the explorer, geographers and geological workers to conduct multi-disciplinary research including geography, geology and tectonics, the ecological environment, culture and history as well as tourism development and management due to its geography, geological structure and location. Different types and levels of research reports monographs and papers have been submitted.


Geology and Structural Science


Many scientific research institutions have done a lot of work in this area such as the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing University, China University of Geosciences, and Gansu Geological Exploration Survey Bureau. Much fruitful work has been done in the field of regional geological survey, Yadan formation environment, tectonic evolution history, and the reason for the formation of Crescent Moon-shaped Spring. The regional geological survey has been successively presented and many influential science and technology papers have been published.


Geographical Science Scholars from Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou University and Gansu Provincial Water Resources Bureau have conducted researches on Yardang landform, treatment for the water level of Crescent Moon-shaped Spring and sand activities in the Mount Mingshashan, which has played a positive role in promoting the protection of geological relics and the development of tourism resources.


The Ecological Environment Science Dunhuang Area is one of the main study area for studying the ecological environment in arid areas of North Xinjiang. Scholars from Lanzhou University, Northwest Normal University, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences have made a pioneering contribution to the study on sandstorm activities environment, ecological environment protection and environment evolution, which provides the scientific basis for the protection of ecological environment in Dunhuang Area.


Cultural and Historical Science Experts and scholars mainly from the Dunhuang Research Institute make outstanding contributions to the digging of Mogao Grottoes as well as the study, protection and restoration of the cave paintings, which has played a key role in protecting the world cultural heritage. At the same time, there are scholars from other institutions such as Lanzhou University, Shaanxi Normal University, Northwest University making enormous contributions to the study of Dunhuang’s culture and history.


Tourism Development and Management Scholars from institutions such as China University of Geosciences, Lanzhou University, Institute of Dunhuang conduct on-field research about the development and management of tourism resources including Yardang geological relics, Mogao Grottoes, Yumenguan Pass and Yangguan Pass. Then scientific development views are put forward.


These fruitful research work not only promotes the scientific significance of the Geopark, but also plays a positive role in better developing tourism resources, constructing ecological city, and promoting economic development.


Zhibao Dong, Ping Lv, Junfeng Lu et.al. Geomorphology and origin of Yadans in the Kumtagh Desert, Northwest China [J]. Geomorphology, 2012, 139-140:145-154.


W. WARD.Evolution of the Yadans at Rogers Lake, Califomia[J]. The Geological Society of America, 1984: 829-837.


Kaizhong Lin, Lipiao Cai, Tingting Luo, et al. Analysis of characteristics of Dunhuang basin formation development [J]. Journal of petroleum geology, 2012, (3): 149. 


Qinghe Niu, Jianjun Qu, Xiaoze Li et al. research review and prospect of Yadan landform [J]. Journal of earth science, 2011, 05:516-527.


Yongshun Liu, Haifeng Yu, Houtian Xin, et al. Tectonic units division and Precambrian significant geological events in Altyn Tagh Mountain, China [J]. Geological Bulletin of China, 2009, 10:1430-1438.


Guo Z J, Zhang Z C, Zhang C, Liu C, Zhang Y, Wang J, Chen W M. Lateral growth of the Altyn Tagh strike-slip fault at the north margin of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: Late Cenozoic strike-slip faults and the crustal stability in the Beishan area, Gansu, China [J]. Geological Bulletin of China, 2008, 27(10):1678-1686


Hequn Yang, Ying Li, Wenming Li, et al. General Discussion on Metallogenitic Tectonic Setting of Beishan Mountain [J]. Northwestern China, 200801:22-28.


Xianming Yan, Yuliang Du, Yong Yan. Mineralization of granitoid and its Prospecting in Gansu Province [J]. Journal of northwest of geology, 2005, 04:25-31.


Mei Zhang, the cause of formation of crescent lake landscape [J]. Journal of silk road, 2003, S1:14-15.


Benxing Zheng, Linyuan Zhang, Xiaohong Hu et al. Distribution and Characteristics of Yadan Landform and its Formation Period, West to Yumenguan, Gansu[J]. Chinese desert, 2002, 22 (1) : 40-46.


Zhenfa Zhang.Role, Significance, Characteristics and Range of AlashanDunhuang Land Block[J]. Journal of Inner Mongolia geology, 1997, 02:1-14.


The geography research


Zhibao Dong, Zhizhu Su, Guangqiang Qian et al. Kumtag sand physiognomy [M]. Beijing: science press, 2011:292-309.


Tiantian Wang, reveal of the Yadan evil city [J]. Journal of west development, 2011,08:116-117.


Shan Bai. Dunhuang Yadan demon city [J]. Journal of geography teaching, 2011, 18:1 + 65.


Jihong Dong, Zheng-fu Bian. Study on the preservation of natural heritage in the Mingsha Hills and Crescent Moon-shape Spring [J]. Journal of natural resources, 2004, 05:561-567.


Zengmao Li. Yadan comprehension [J]. Journal of Yangguan, 2003, 06:19.


Shixiong Hu, Zheng Wu, the study of the formation model of the pyramid dune in Mingsha Hills, Dunhuang [J]. Journal of geographical research, 1997, 16(1): 60-67. 


Lian Yang, the Lop Nur mystery [J]. China's borderland history research, 1997, 02:82-94. 


The ecological environment research


Zhishan An, Ke-cun Zhang, Xiao-lei Wang, sandstorm environment and dynamic monitoring of sand hill in the Crescent Moon-shape Spring, Dunhuang [J]. Journal of resources and environment in arid areas, 2013, 03:115-120. 


Kecun Zhang, Qinghe Niu, Jianjun Qu, sand environment analysis in the Crescent Moon-shape Spring, Dunhuang [J]. Chinese desert, 2012, 04:896-900. 


Lei Chen, the full implementation of the comprehensive planning of fight with ecological environment protection in Dunhuang [J]. China water conservancy, 2011, 16: 1-4.


Jia Li. Evaluation of the biological diversity of wild animals and plants protection countermeasure research in the Dunhuang area [D]. Beijing Forestry University, 2011. 


Yanling Zeng. Ecological environment protection and the sustainable development countermeasures in Dunhuang [J]. Journal of water resources and hydropower technology in Gansu Province, 2009, 02:59-60. 


Fubao Wang, Chunmei Ma, Xunjie Xia, Natural environment evolution in the Lop Nur and its response to global change [J]. Journal of quaternary research, 2008, 28 (1): 150-153. 


Cultural and historical research


Yongsheng Yang. The status quo and countermeasures of protection and utilization of Dunhuang cultural heritage [J]. Journal of Hexi college journal, 2012, 03:63-67. 


Yongmei Huang, Weimin Xu. Han Dynasty Great Wall research review [J]. Chinese history research dynamic, 2012, 05:40-47.


Yongmei Huang, Weimin Xu. Han Dynasty Great Wall construction, function and the modern significance [J]. Journal of economic and social science, 2012, 03:16-19.


Ling iu. Research on the animals of the Mgao Gottoes of Dnhuang murals in Tang dynasty painting [D]. Lanzhou University, 2009. 


Yanyun Li, Licheng Fu. Han dynasty Yumenguan Site Study [J]. Journal of Dunhuang studies, 2006, 04:67-71 + 71-67.


Qi’an Gao. Dunhuang cultural resources utilization and industrial development [J]. Journal of Gansu theory, 2004, 04:106-106.


JinShi Fan, Dunhuang grottoes research review and look forward in one hundred years [J]. Journal of Dunhuang studies, 2000, 02: 40-51+186-187. 


Tourism development and management research 


Haiyang Liu, Naiang Wang, Yihao Ye et al. passenger space and time characteristics and influence factors of desert scenic spots in China [J]. Journal of economic geography, 2013, 33 (3): 156-163. 


Ruijie Dong, Zhibao Dong, Dunhuang Yadan National Geological Park landscape aesthetics study [J]. Chinese desert, 2013, 02:403-411. 


Xian Dou. Play in the Gansu Geological Park [J]. The silk road, 2007, 05:5-13.


Yinchang Yuan.  Enter "devil city" three times - Dunhuang Yadan Geoparks [J]. Airport journal, 2006, 02:78-83. 


A’li Yang, tourism development and protection of Gansu Provincial National Geological Park [J]. Journal of social science and practices, 2006, 06: 18-19 + 22. 


Ying Lin. Gansu Dunhuang Yadan National Geological Park master plan [J]. Chinese garden, 2005, 02:75-78. 


Ying Lin, Cui Ying, the introduction of the master plan of the National Yadan Geological Park of Dunhuang in Gansu [A]. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Parks and Woods, Beijing Botanical Garden Society. Society for the Beijing Botanical Garden Planning and Design Professional exhibition --Beijing Botanical Garden Album One [C] the Beijing Bureau of Parks and Woods, Beijing Botanical Garden Society, 2003: 5.


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