Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est : And thus knowledge itself is power (Sir Francis Bacon).

Since July 2008 we have been receiving several researcher groups. We built them a nice house and charge what they can afford.
Since both of us have natural science degrees but today don't have the time anymore we wanted to attract and support researchers in the most diverse fields. With them we can discuss different ideas and follow their work without having to spend hours collecting data ...

These following 3 pictures show a group of 3 professors, 3 students and 2 technicians of the Geoscience Institute of the University of São Paulo. They spent 10 days working around Fazenda Barranco Alto.
They are trying to figure out why and how salt lakes occur. What is common to them ? What is different to the fresh water lakes ? Are there any distribution patterns ? What is the origin of all these sediments ? Is there a way to predict salinity and pH from satellite images ? etc.

All very interesting questions. And now just imagine having these people around for some days, being able to discuss with them about salt and sugar!

It's great !

A line of 3D-conductivity measurements.

Pulling an Italian made ground-radar.

Precise altitude determination of salt lake Mara Maravilha with state-of-the-art GPS from Trimble.