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Lixin Jin

 
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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Lixin Jin
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Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

My main research interest is to study the chemical, physical and biological processes in the evolution of critical zone on shale landscapes. This includes investigating the initiation of rock alteration and consequent mineral transformation, quantifying mineral dissolution kinetics and soil formation rates, understanding the biota’s roles in the elemental cycles, and tracing the release and transport of trace elements (e.g., metals and rare earth elements) in the shale-dominated landscapes.

In the managed critical zones of Southwestern USA, I am interested in the conditions, kinetics and mechanisms of the precipitation of pedogenic carbonates and the release of green house gas CO2 in flood-irrigated agricultural fields, by combining field investigation, laboratory column experiments, and reactive transport modelling.

KEYWORDS

  1. Critical zones
  2. Environmental science
  3. Shale weathering
  4. Soil Sustainability
  5. Water quality

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Energy & Environment