Solving the mystery of natural carbon mineralisation in Australian lakes

  • Wilson, Sasha, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    Some lakes, such as the Coorong lakes in South Australia, naturally sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) in
    magnesium carbonate minerals. These minerals, which form in association with microorganisms in lake
    water, represent the safest possible long-term traps for CO2 pollution. This project will determine the
    essential geochemical constraints on formation of magnesium carbonate minerals in the Coorong lakes,
    which are unique natural laboratories for studying CO2 sequestration. By delivering fundamental
    understanding of how microbial populations alter water chemistry for carbonate production, this project will
    inform design of efficient and sustainable technologies for CO2 sequestration that emulate natural processes
    in lakes.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date5/01/1531/12/17

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD283,536.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD75,000.00