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Salt Pans and Mines
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Salt is used basically everywhere where humans are present. Mostly in food - to enhance flavors and preserve meat and fish - but also in cosmetics and health industry. There is refined and unrefined salt. There is finely ground salt and coarsely ground salt. But rarely we think about its origin. Where does salt comes from? That's what this category is about: salt pans and salt mines.
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Salt pans in Fuerteventura, Canarias Islands

Salt is produced by evaporation of seawater or brine from other sources, such as brine wells and salt lakes, and by mining rock salt, called halite.

Salt evaporation ponds, also called salterns or salt pans, are shallow artificial ponds designed to produce salts from sea water or other brines. The seawater or brine is fed into large ponds and water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows the salt to be subsequently harvested. The ponds also provide a productive resting and feeding ground for many species of waterbirds, which may include endangered species. The ponds are commonly separated by levees.

Salt pans in the island of Malta, Mediterranean sea

Salt pans in Lanzarote, Canarias Islands

A salt mine is an operation involved in the extraction of salt from rock salt or halite, a type of evaporitic deposit.

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In this category we are interested in ALL places where salt is (or was) extracted from nature.

  • NO factories of refined salt
  • Places do not need to be active, BUT some traces of salt extraction must be still visible (like the pans or leeves)
  • Please, only one waymark for each site and no waymarks closer to each other by less than 160 meters.
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  • English must be the main language in each listing. However, you may write your listing ALSO in your native language, if other than English.
  • Title of the waymark should be presented in the following format: name of the waymark, city or nearest city, state or province, country. Example: Salinas do Corredor da Cobra, Figueira da Foz, Portugal

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Salt Pans and MinesEtosha Pan - Etosha National Park - Namibia

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In the center of Etosha National Park lies a vast salt pan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the northeast.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cache-amount

location: Namibia

date approved: 07/18/2013

last visited: 12/03/2007

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