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Journal of Arid Land  2011, Vol. 3 Issue (4): 285-291    DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1227.2011.00285
Application of stable isotope techniques to the study of soil salinization
YongQin CUI1, JianYing MA1*, Wei SUN2
1 Dunhuang Gobi and Desert Ecology and Environment Research Station, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS, Lanzhou 730000, China;
2 Key Laboratory of Vegetation Ecology, Ministry of Education, Institute of Grassland Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
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Abstract   In this paper, we reviewed the progress in the application of stable isotope techniques to the study of soil salinization. As a powerful technique, stable isotopes have been widely used in the studies of soil water evaporation, the dynamics of soil salinization and salt-tolerant plant breeding. The impact of single environmental factors on plant isotope composition has been the focus of previous studies. However, the impact of multiple environmental factors on plant isotope composition remains unclear and needs to be carefully studied. In order to gain insights into soil salinization and amelioration, especially soil salinization in arid and semiarid areas, it is essential to employ stable isotope techniques and combine them with other methods, such as located field observation and remote sensing technology.

Key wordsclimate factors      runoff formation      inland river      Kaidu River watershed      path analysis     
Received: 04 July 2011      Published: 07 December 2011

The National Basic Research Program of China (2009CB825101); the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41071032) and the West Light Foundation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009).

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YongQin CUI, JianYing MA, Wei SUN. Application of stable isotope techniques to the study of soil salinization. Journal of Arid Land, 2011, 3(4): 285-291.

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