salt evaporation pond

anonymous asked:

Salt mines are a thing though

Omg okay, fine. FINE. This is like the tenth ask I’ve gotten about this in the last hour, so I’ll do you all a favor. I will fucking google salt and all its sources so we can finally have a definitive list of where salt fucking comes from, you children. You absolute children. 

Where salt comes from, besides your own asses:

“A major source of salt is seawater, which has a salinity of approximately 3.5%. This means that there are about 35 grams (1.2 oz) of dissolved salts, predominantly sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl−) ions, per kilogram (2.2 lbs) of water.[82] The world’s oceans are a virtually inexhaustible source of salt, and this abundance of supply means that reserves have not been calculated.[76] The evaporation of seawater is the production method of choice in marine countries with high evaporation and low precipitation rates. Salt evaporation ponds are filled from the ocean and salt crystals can be harvested as the water dries up. Sometimes these ponds have vivid colours, as some species of algae and other micro-organisms thrive in conditions of high salinity.[83]Elsewhere, salt is extracted from the vast sedimentary deposits which have been laid down over the millennia from the evaporation of seas and lakes. These are either mined directly, producing rock salt, or are extracted in solution by pumping water into the deposit.“

- Wikipedia, “Salt”

One of these deposits are, yes, in the Himalayas. That is where we get Himalayan pink salt from. So, yes, salt is both from the sea and the earth!! Everyone is right!!! It took me two minutes to google that!!

HOWEVER, salt can damage crops!! And plants!! And is not desirable if you are leaving this salt around plants!! You could conceivably bury it beneath rock, cement, or just very deep below the root line, but that does not stop the eventual effects of erosion, floods, or other natural occurrences that might cause your salt urn to resurface.

As a matter of fact, you are not even encouraged to sprinkle the ashes of loved one in nature, because those remains are high in salt content and therefore can be damaging to plants, like it says here on an actual funeral home’s website.

Where salt is extremely high, NOTHING CAN GROW. Have you ever heard of salt flats? They look like this:

Originally posted by flyngdream

Yes, that is a real, probably undoctored timelapse. There is no plant life there. The reflection comes from a thin layer of water on top of the salt flats, btw.

There are some areas with plants that can withstand SOME high salinity. This is not universal, and certainly not widespread.

So, yes, salt can damage the environment by causing damage to plants which would not otherwise come into contact with that much salt at a given time.

Just like I’M not used to coming into contact with this much salt at a given time over some random ass topic.

Mr. Tanaka lives in the countryside and most of his land are rice paddies

Kanji: 田

Meaning:  rice field

Reading: た、い、デン  (ta, i, den) 

About the kanji:  One of the most fundamental and basic kanjis out there. The kanji comes from the pictograph of a rice field and it’s sections. Just imagine some rice plants growing in each square and it will be easier for you to remember this kanji. 

Words using this kanji:

田舎 : rural area

田園  : rural districts

田んぼ : paddy field

油田 : oil field

塩田 : Salt evaporation pond

水田 : (water-filled) paddy field

Example sentence:

このあたりは昔、田んぼだったんだよ。

kono atari wa mukashi tanbo dattan dayo

There used to be rice fields around here.