Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau

Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau

Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau

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Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau or Yungui Plateau ( is a plateau located in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in Southwestern China. There are two distinct areas of this plateau: an area of high plateau averaging about 2,000 m with mountain peaks as high as 3,700 m in northern Yunnan province, and an area of rolling hills, deep river-carved gorges, and mountains marked with geologic faults in western Guizhou province. Easily eroded limestone underlies the plateau, allowing for spectacular karsts.


Due to its high elevation and low latitude, the climate of the plateau is subject to intense solar radiation and cool temperatures with a large daily fluctuation and little yearly variation. The climate is divided in to dry and wet seasons. Overall, the description of the climate is complicated on the Plateau as the temperature varies from place to place. The height of the Plateau accounts for approximately one-third of the troposphere on earth due to its high elevation, since as height rises, troposphere drops. For every 100 meter rise, in general there is a 0.6 degree C fall in temperature. In north Tibet the atmospheric temperatures are in closed temperature isolines showing the distinct impact of high elevation on temperature.


During the Quaternary there have been alternating glacial and interglacial periods, four glacial periods and three interglacial. The North Tibet Plateau are large areas of...
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