8 The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Posted on June 8, 2011 by team


In former times, the production volume of Aral salt reached 600.000 tons annually. This amount was enough to provide all the 15 republics of the Soviet Union. Now it's only 250.000 tons which are sold exclusively on the domestic market. Times have changed and even salt has become different...


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The reserves of salt in the southern basin contain 11 million tons. It'll be enough for another 40-50 years. The lake needs about 35-45 years to completely restock itself.

Salt is formed after the evaporation of highly concentrated salt brine.

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8 Responses to “The Salt of the Earth”

  1. ronin shidane says:

    wow…salty = p, good article, TQ

  2. testicules says:

    It is amazing how destructive salt is.

  3. EnglishBob says:

    After I finished my service I worked in a salt field for a few months, it is hideously nasty stuff but without it we’d be so screwed.

  4. OLUT says:

    Pretty crazy that something as cheap as salt, that people would make fake versions.

  5. Jeff Pigden says:

    So much manual labour in the production

  6. Boritz says:

    Looks unsanitary to me. Just like digging out dirt and putting in bag for human consumption. Yuck.

  7. Just says:

    Must be some corrosion broblems with machinery.

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