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Back to the Future: Salty Science Seminar

June 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Let’s go back in time and explore Great Salt Lake through the lens of history. These histories are told by scientists that study rocks, archeological evidence and even bird remains preserved along the shores of our lake. Join us on June 1 at 7pm for Salty Science Seminar “Back to the Future” where Jack Oviatt (Lake Bonneville geologist) will talk about the history of the GSL basin on a million-year time scale as told in scraps of available geologic information, including evidence from sediment cores. Allison Wolfe (Paleozoologist at University of Utah) will describe the dynamics of GSL bird populations through time, as told through 13,000-year-old owl pellets excavated from a cave near the lake. Dr. Judson Finley (Archaeologist Utah State University) will bring us to the human side of history by exploring how ancient people relied on the resources of Great Salt Lake and how climate change affected them. Put together, these histories can provide evidence of our future and the future of our Great Salt Lake.

The Salty Science Series is hosted by Great Salt Lake at Westminster College. 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.

Don’t worry if you cannot make this virtually in person, as they will be recorded and available when you have time.


June 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement

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