Friday, October 19, 2012

Just salt?

These are mountains of naturally-evaporated sea salt and are part of the Cheetham Salt Fields north of Adelaide and adjacent to St Vincent's Gulf.
I'd not really thought much about salt previously, but a little research reveals that it is used for supressing dust (being sprayed on in liquid form), as an essential part of stockfeed, as a method of curing hides and skins from spoilage prior to the remaining tanning process, as a vital ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry (whether used in preparation of dialysis solutions, cosmetics or health products), as swimming pool additive, as well as being used in the food industry and consumed by us locally as well as being exported overseas.
The salt you see above is double washed, dried, sieved and graded (to give consistent particle sizes) before it ends up in our pantries.

Here you can see the "fields" of salt water prior to evaporation

Sunset over the salt fields (posted earlier this year)

and dusk

Joining others appreciating sky scenes at Skywatch Friday
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12 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wow, lovely shot Valerie and very interesting. If I had been shown the last photo alone I wouldn't have known what I was looking at!

The photos Master J took were just before sunrise and at sunrise (we are on the east coast of Australia). Makes me appreciate his photos all the more as he was the only one to get up so early both mornings.

Karen said...

Wow, that's a lot of salt, very interesting. Beautiful sunset and I like the pale lavendar dusk.

Jan said...

Very interesting, didn't realise there were salt fields in Australia!
Great photos.

Jim said...

Great shots.

Indrani said...

Never seen anything like that as in the first shot.
Great series.

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots! Those salt hills are amazing.

eileeninmd said...

The salt fields are interesting and a neat sight to see. And your sunset is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your skies, happy skywatching!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Those mountains of salt are amazing!!

Stewart M said...

Those salt piles look ripe for some "trick" pictures - they look remarkable.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Jack said...

Salt is a simple compound but it plays a big role in our lives. I read a book about Salt by a Hartford-raised writer named Mark Kurlansky.

Carver said...

Your photography is stunning. These are all so beautiful.

NixBlog said...

Beautiful shots, Valerie.

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