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Published in The Journal of Chinese Geography (March 1999) vol. 9, no. 1: 25-34. Article ID: 0218-1444(1999)01-0025-10. Copyright 1999, Springer. Used by permission. (The Journal of Chinese Geography became Journal of Geographical Sciences in 2001.)


Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is located in southern part of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The highest Lotus Flower peak is 1,864 m above sea level. Formative ages of the Huangshan and its granite, process of mountain geomorphic evolution from the Eocene to Quaternary, environmental changes of Quaternary, formative origin of beautiful peaks and fascinating rocks were studied and the questionable “Pleistocene glaciation” was also discussed in this paper.