From Region of Lakes to Mars: Nurgül Balcı is in New Scientist!
May 18, 2016


Having presented the results of the project supported by TUBITAK and ITU in European Geosciences Union 2016 held in Vienna, Assoc. Prof. Nurgül Balcı, a lecturer in Geological Engineering Department at ITU Faculty of Mines, and Cansu Demirel, a PhD student were guests in New Scientist, one of the most important scientific journals in the world.

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Whether there is an extraterrestrial life or not is one of the most important questions for which humanity still seeks an answer. The academic research conducted by our academician, Assoc. Prof. Nurgül Balcı and our PhD student, Cansu Demirel in Salda, Acıgöl, and Yarışlı Lakes which have stromatolitic (the structures formed by algae adding up the material in the form of thin laminates) texture similar to the one on the surface of Mars, is also looking for answer to this question.  

golde gelisen mikrobiyal faaliyetleri ve guncel stromatolit olusumlari

It is expected that this study will provide important clues for many planets including Mars which carry the potential of life. Thanks to this important study carried out in the Region of Lakes, it is expected that the effects of microbial activities on the formation of carbonate structures developed here and their traces in geological records will be detected. Thus, it is believed that the traces left on the sediments by bacteria producing their energy with photosynthesis and organisms that can survive in extraordinary environmental conditions will open a new window for the researchers into the extraterrestrial life. Assoc. Prof. Nurgül Balcı states that the most important proof of this is a type of bacterium, carnobacterium viridians, found in the sediments taken from Salda Lake.

yariisli ve acigolde ornekleme calismalari

We congratulate Assoc. Prof. Nurgül Balcı and our PhD student Cansu Demirel for their study which has represented ITU in New Scientist Magazine. To access the study in New Scientist, please click here.