Three high school students went into the Great Salt Lake with curiosity and came out with history.

On a suggestion from their science teacher, the science students from South Campus High in Logan took water samples from the lake's north arm. What they found was more than just salt and brine shrimp.

They discovered two formerly unknown species of bacteria.

They reported their findings Friday to the Great Salt Lake Microbiology Research Forum at Utah State University. Researchers say the students' findings complement other ongoing research into the ecology of the lake and could be applied to a publishable paper.