Uncovering the secrets of Canyon Lake’s geology and chemistry

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Betsy Swanner, assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, is working with a research team to uncover the secrets of Canyon Lake’s geology and chemistry. The team, made up of faculty and grad students from ISU and Minnesota State University-Mankato, are looking for rare forms of microbial life that don’t require oxygen. The team’s research will bring to science a clearer understanding of the large-scale planetary processes of the past and what impact that knowledge has for us today. They will be applying for a National Science Foundation grant to continue their work, in addition to funding from the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation.


Read more about her work here, published in the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation’s newsletter.