Are you expecting a typical story about lake ecology? You may be disappointed as there is nothing typical about Great Salt Lake nor this time in Earth’s history. In a new book, lake experts partner to reframe and update our knowledge base, include unheard voices, and dispense with incomplete understandings about our unique lake. It is a time of change and reckoning. Join chapter authors in the Salty Science Series and discuss the future of Great Salt Lake from their lens.
Did I just land on Mars? From its’s oozing and bubbling asphalt beds that capture and preserve critters, flanked with pink water and minerals (also on Mars) that entrap life in their crystals it is a logical question. The north arm of Great Salt Lake is indeed otherworldly and has ties to Mars! Panelists will include Kara Kornhauser (Univ. of Alaska), Greg McDonald (Paleontologist), Dr. Bonnie Baxter (GSLI), Dr. Scott Perl (NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and will be moderated by GSLI coordinator Jaimi Butler.
The Salty Science Series is hosted by Great Salt Lake at Westminster College and will feature contributing authors in "Great Salt Lake Biology: a Terminal Lake in a Time of Change" in a series of 6 panel discussions. We hope that you will break out your inner nerd and have a lake themed dinner or drink ready to enjoy while you learn about the lake. Jaimi’s dinner will include pink north arm lemonade and street tacos (get it, asphalt?) that are topped with salt coated crickets for crunch (like those that wash up on the sodium coast).
Don't worry if you cannot make this virtually in person, as they will be recorded and available when you have time.