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Sedimentary Geology Group

Dr. Xing Jian leads his research group in Sedimentary Geology and Sedimentary Geochemistry Studies at Xiamen University. They primarily concentrate on both ancient and modern sediments from sedimentary basins and river systems, using grain-scale to basin-scale techniques to reconstruct tectonic and paleoclimatic processes. Primary research tools include field-based sedimentology, stratigraphy, sedimentary petrology and geochemistry, siliciclastic sediment provenance analyses.

The Research interests of the Sedimentary Geology Group includes:
  • Source-to-sink process study of sedimentary records in both oceanic and continental basins, and the related tectonic background evaluation
  • Sedimentary geochemistry- based chemical weathering study and paleoclimatology
  • Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis study
  • Petroleum geology

Current projects:
  1. Qaidam basin sedimentary response to the Late Cenozoic deformation of northestern Tibetan Plateau (President grant at Xiamen University)
  2. Provenance analysis of modern sediments at Minjiang river mouth by Nd isotopes (Fujian Natural Science Foundation)

  • (A) Cenozoic sedimentary sequence of Qaidam basin. (2010 in Qinghai)
  • (B) Triassic Songpan-Ganzi turbidites (deep ocean gravity flow sediments, 2013 in Qinghai)
  • (C) Modern river sediment sampling in northeastern Tibetan Plateau (2016 in Qinghai)
  • (D) suspended solid sampling in Minjiang river estuary (2016 in Fujian)
Detrital framework petrography and heavy minerals of sandstone samples (Jian et al., 2013 Sedimentary Geology)
Miocene sedimentary environment evolution of northwestern Qaidam basin (Jian et al., 2014 Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology)

They constantly look for qualified post-doc and graduate students to join the Sedimentary Geology Group. They also welcome undergraduate students to participate in related research. If you are interested, please feel free to send an email to Dr. Xing Jian at xjian@xmu.edu.cn.