Diverse inquiry

SNOLAB’s unique location makes it an ideal site for other types of science in addition to astroparticle physics. The depth and low background radioactivity make it possible to study processes in ways that are not possible on Earth’s surface.

SNOLAB has hosted PUPS, a seismology project studying the propagation of earthquakes, and a geophysics experiment that studied geoneutrinos to understand why the Earth is hot.

Biology experiments also take advantage of SNOLAB. A genomics experiment, FLAME, is studying how the increased pressure 2 km underground affects metabolism. A bioinformatics experiment, REPAIR, is examining whether an extremely low-background environment has negative effects on cells and organisms at a genetic level.