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X-ray diffraction modeling and electron microscopy techniques applied to the study of minerals in hypersaline soils

Grant number: 16/09024-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 31, 2016
Effective date (End): October 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Soil Science
Principal Investigator:Tiago Osório Ferreira
Grantee:Lucas Resmini Sartor
Supervisor: Robert C. Graham
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Riverside (UCR), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/11776-2 - Characterization of the physical environment, geochemistry of Fe and s and dynamics of mineral alteration on hypersaline tidal flats of Brazilian coastline, BP.DR


This project aims to study soil clay minerals and mineral alteration in hypersaline tidal flat soils of Brazilian southeast and northeast regions. Recently, only a few soil studies have been developed on hypersaline soils of Brazilian coastline and there is limited information regarding to pedogenesis and geochemistry of these soils. The studied areas are located in the Acaraú River Basin, in the municipality of Acaraú-CE, and in the Sepetiba Bay, municipality of Rio de Janeiro-RJ. The objectives will be: i) identify, quantify and provide a characterization of the crystal chemistry of corase and fine clay of soil profiles; ii) investigate mineralogical alteration and phytoliths dissolution in an experiment carried out in halomorphic soils located in Ceará state. X-ray diffraction and electronic microscopy will be the mainly techniques applied to achieve the results. We aimed with this project to clarify aspects related to dynamics of Si in these soils and to provide data to understand the functioning of these ecosystems. (AU)

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SARTOR, LUCAS RESMINI; GRAHAM, ROBERT C.; YING, SAMANTHA C.; ANDRADE, GABRIEL R. P.; MONTES, CELIA REGINA; FERREIRA, TIAGO OSORIO. Are hypersaline tidal flat soils potential silicon sinks in coastal wetlands?. Geoderma, v. 337, p. 215-224, . (14/11776-2, 16/09024-8, 16/21026-6)
SARTOR, LUCAS RESMINI; GRAHAM, ROBERT C.; YING, SAMANTHA C.; LUIS OTERO, XOSE; MONTES, CELIA REGINA; FERREIRA, TIAGO OSORIO. Role of Redox Processes in the Pedogenesis of Hypersaline Tidal Flat Soils on the Brazilian Coast. Soil Science Society of America Journal, v. 82, n. 5, p. 1217-1230, . (16/09024-8, 16/21026-6, 14/11776-2)

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