Category Archives: News

2016: Year in science of saline lakes

We review the results of research on saline lakes based on papers published in Web of Science. Combined search for “saline lake” or “salt lake” or “salinity and lake” provided us with some 700 papers on the topic. The popular service “word cloud” helps to visualize the most popular topics and journals. Keywords: 4956 keywords […]

Young Scientist Award for the best papers in saline lake studies

The International Society for Salt Lake Research announces triennial international competition, open to all graduate students and early-career scientists. In this competition, the best papers in saline lake studies will be chosen. An international jury of Board Members of the ISSLR (eleven members from seven countries) will review the papers and choose winners, based on […]

Erik Jeppesen: Saline lake communities should use the momentum to become more visible

Erik Jeppesen (University of Aarhus, Denmark) is well known person in the world of lakes ecology. Previous year he co-authored the paper on ecological impacts of global warming and water abstraction on lakes and reservoirs due to changes in water level and related changes in salinity that received a lot of attention from both scientists and mass media. […]

Upstream water withdrawals, not climate forcing, dominate desiccation of Lake Abert (USA)

Lake Abert (the western Great Basin, USA), designated a critical habitat under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, is at near record historic low levels and ultra-high salinities that have resulted in ecosystem collapse. Recent paper by Johnnie N. Moore is focused on determination of the direct human effects and broader climate controls on Lake Abert. […]

Salt of the Earth

Photographers Luke Duggleby and Mikel Landa visited 25 countries to find places where salt is produced according to centuries-old traditions. The results are collected in their book Salz Der Erde (“Salt of the Earth”), published by Mare Verlag. “We know that there are many other saltworks that deserve being shown in this book. The selection has been […]

High mountain lakes – research where robust trucks and personalities are tested

Saline high mountain lakes received a lot of attention in recent years. We ask Maria Eugenia Farias from Argentina who co-authored a series of publications on this topic to answer several questions about research at high mountain lakes. What is your main motivation to study high mountain lakes? High Andean Mountain lakes are a unique extreme […]

Dry saline lakes of Valle de la Luna in Chile

Salt lakes very often located in remote areas with extreme environmental conditions. Some of them are analogs of environments proxy for an earlier time in Earth’s history or extraterrestrial conditions (e.g. Mars). Russian science journalist Alexei Payevsky visited the saline desert area called Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna) in the Atacama Desert […]

11th International Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms

Halophilic microorganisms have been a subject of study for many years due to their interesting diversity, genetics and physiology. Studies of halophilic microorganisms are one of the trending topics in saline lake research. On behalf of the International Organizing Committee it is with great pleasure for me to invite you to the 11th Conference on […]

A Remote Reservoir of Microbial Extremophiles in Central Andean Wetlands

Interesting paper by Argentinian scientists on ecosystems of High-Altitude Andean Lakes. “High-Altitude Andean Lakes” (HAAL) are pristine and have been exposed to little human influence. HAAL proved to be a rich source of microbes showing interesting adaptations to life in extreme settings such as alkalinity, high concentrations of arsenic and dissolved salts, intense dryness, large […]