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Dry, salty, and habitable; the science of alkaline lakes

Benjamin M. Tutolo and Nicholas J. Tosca
Dry, salty, and habitable; the science of alkaline lakes
Elements (February 2023) 19 (1): 10-14


Alkaline lakes are incredibly dynamic, unique, and fascinating biogeo-chemical environments that have remained distinctive features of Earth's evolving surface over much of its history. Understanding these evaporative surface waters, their exceptionally productive ecosystems, and their rare sedimentary deposits requires an inherently interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of hydrology, geology, and biology. The discipline-spanning articles in this issue evaluate the diverse characteristics that make these dry, salty, and habitable environments so valuable in unraveling the history and evolution of Earth's surface, and in following the arc of habitability on ancient Mars. Here, in this introductory article, we summarize the characteristics and importance of alkaline lakes with the hope of attracting you, too, to join in our fascination with them.

ISSN: 1811-5209
EISSN: 1811-5217
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 19
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Dry, salty, and habitable; the science of alkaline lakes
Affiliation: University of Calgary, Department of Geosciences, Calgary, AB, Canada
Pages: 10-14
Published: 202302
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 25
Accession Number: 2023-051710
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Cambridge, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 202332
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