Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The strange beauty of the salt mines

Salt is an essential element for all people and animals. It is found in abundance here on Earth, but it still requires the removal of the stone deposits or salt water. In the process of extraction of salt can create beautiful scenery, including a deep, strong caves, colorful puddles and geometric carving. Some of these sites even have become popular among tourists, acting as concert halls, museums and recreation centers that offer galotherapy. This article contains images of salt mines around the world, above and below ground.

One of the colorful salt pools on the Uyuni salt lake, which is part of a pilot plant lithium salts, located at an altitude of 3656 meters above sea level, which owns the world's largest reserves of lithium, in the southwest of Bolivia,

Aerial view of the salt pool and technological areas of the lithium salt mine Soquimich on the Atacama plateau, the second largest salt plateau in the world, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile,

Pond with salt water in a salt mine in Nemokon, Cundinamarca, Colombia, November 22, 2012 80 meter shaft with more than 500 years of history has become a new tourist destination in Colombia. 

Tourists visit the Chapel of St. Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, December 15, 2011 According to the Supervisory Board of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the historic mine extends for a total of 300 km and functioned continuously since the Middle Ages until 1996, when hydrochloric completely removed the pillow. The mine, which is included in the list of world cultural and natural heritage, is now used for tourism and recreational purposes, as well as a museum. 

Two employees of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection are in the locker room 7 in the former Asse salt mine in Remlingene, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 The former mine is used as a deep geological repository for radioactive waste.

A worker walks through the salt mines of Maras pool in Cuzco, Peru, July 3, 2009 Mines of Maras have been a source of salt since the ancient pre-Inca civilizations, and currently consists of 3,000 small pools carved into the hillside in the valley of Urubamba in the Andean region Cuzco.

The salt mines of Maras pools in Cusco, Peru, 

Tourist takes pictures inside the Salt Mine Pride 350 km north of Bucharest, March 4, 2013 Part of the mine, located at a depth of 160 meters and 1.3 km from the entrance, is open to tourists and is also used as a place of treatment of respiratory diseases such as bronchitis or asthma, since it has high degree of ionization of air and atmospheric pressure is higher than at the surface.

The salt layers are reflected in the waters of the inland lake in the Turda salt mine in Turda (450 km north-west of Bucharest), December 9, 2010 One of the most important salt mines in Transylvania, central Romania, Salina Turda has been known since ancient times, but was put into operation for underground mining work during the Roman period. 

A small dock on the lake at the bottom of Turda salt mine in Turda, Romania,

Aerial view of the salt field Palibelo village, on the outskirts of Bima, the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, 

Salt Bowl Danakil in Ethiopia, close to the volcano Dallol, November 29, 2004 Dallol is unique in the world because it is the only volcano located below sea level in the Danakil Depression, also known as the Afar region - one of the hottest places in the world wherein the temperature of the sun is sometimes exceed 60 degrees Celsius.

A caravan of camels walking on the edge of the salt in the bowl Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, close to the volcano Dallol,

People collect blocks of salt from the salt bowl Danakil in Ethiopia, January 29, 2007 Generations of merchants Afar hauling blocks of salt along the treacherous route camel caravans from depression to the highlands of Tigray.

Tourists are protected by the local police, attend educational sulfur and mineral salts by rising sources of Dallol volcano 

Mountain biker competes during the 21's "Extreme mountain races," November 17, 2007 in «Glueck Auf», a former salt mine in Zondershauzen, Germany.About 50 athletes took part in the competition at a depth of 800 meters, where the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius, and the humidity is only 20%.

Salt waterfall in a salt mine Nemokon, September 26, 2012 Mine is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia. 

Donbass Symphony Orchestra Austrian Kurt Schmid plays a salt mine in the chamber - depth of 300 meters, the length of 120 meters and the height of the arches 30 meters - during a concert in Soligorsk, Donetsk Region, Oct. 2, 2004 concert was organized in the mine because of its good acoustics . 

Crystal salt in the form of hearts, lit from within, in a salt mine Nemokon in Columbia, 

Busy working at the factory for the production of salt in the county Nangqian, in the north-western Chinese province of Qinghai, 

Colored mineral pools of water that had gathered on the salt plateau in pits dug in the collection of salt, on the coast of Senegal, near the border with Gambia, June 12, 2006. Women gather salt by hand in 50 kg bags, which sell for about $ 2, and trade with neighboring Gambia and Mauritania, where salt is used mainly for conservation of fish in areas where there is no electricity. 

The miners are in a salt mine in Polkowice-Sieroszowice Polkowice, near Lubin, Poland, 

Part of the salt sculptures "The Last Supper" is shown in the Chapel of St. Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, 

A woman walks through the salt-plateau, collecting white crystals near the village-Ngai Ngai, 10 km south of the northern Senegalese city of St. Louis, April 9, 2007 Nearly 3,000 people, mostly women, spend long hours under the blinding sun, collecting salt with sticks and hands, earning the equivalent of a dollar or two a day. 

Trucks travel between ponds at a facility Dampier Salt Limited company Rio Tinto in Port Hedland, about 1,600 km north of Perth, Australia,

Wessel underground lake in a salt mine in Wieliczka, 

Abid - work, covered with powdered salt, poses for photos during the cutting of rock salt for decoration in Khewra, Pakistan, Aug. 4, 2007 Salt Mines Khewra the second largest in the world. 

36-year-old Mohammad Shabbir putting the finishing touches on the sculpture of rock salt on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, 

Workers are building a hotel from salt blocks in the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world in the southwest of Bolivia, 

The visitor offers prayers in the mosque of salt bricks inside the centuries-old Pakistani salt mine Chevra March 30, 2010 Centuries-old salt mine offers experimental allergic asthma therapy, attracting patients from all over the world. The clinic claims that asthma patients and people suffering from other diseases of the respiratory tract, benefit from inhaling antibacterial salt particles in a sterile environment, helping loosen mucus and clear the lungs. 

Son of an employee plays on the salt plateau near Bhavnagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat,
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