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    Default Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    The Lake Grassmere Salt Works are about 30km south of Blenheim near the town of Seddon, just north of Cape Campbell. I used to live at Ward, 50km south of Blenheim and travelled into town once a week for supplies and passed the salt works. We could see the works from the road and the pile of salt was nearly two stories high. The oxidation ponds were also visible and as the sea water evaporated, the water went pink from the dying organisms.

    During the Second World War, Christchurch businessman George Skellerup needed salt to recycle old rubber. In 1942 he decided to start a salt works at Lake Grassmere. Initially the salt was only used in the tyre business, but later on they also used the salt for table salt and these days that is where much of our salt comes from. They call it "sea salt" as if it is different from any other salt - but salt is salt wherever it comes from.

    https://www.newzealand.com/nz/featur...ere-saltworks/
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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    I hope you mean evaporation ponds, not oxidation ponds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by user View Post
    I hope you mean evaporation ponds, not oxidation ponds...
    I have always heard them referred to as oxidation ponds, but you made me wonder so I looked up oxidation and this is what it said:

    Oxidation ponds, also called lagoons or stabilization ponds, are large, shallow ponds designed to treat wastewater through the interaction of sunlight, bacteria.

    And although they do not treat wastewater, they are large shallow ponds and they are used to evaporate the water through the interaction of sunlight, so perhaps that is why they are called oxidation ponds.
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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    Quote Originally Posted by user View Post
    I hope you mean evaporation ponds, not oxidation ponds...
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    Or as in the article you linked 'crystallisation ponds'
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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    It's called Sea Salt if you're stupid enough to pay extra for that particular label. Popular with trendy urbanites, dredlocked hippies, crystal purchasers, and pseudo-science counter culture know-it-alls.

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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Cov View Post
    It's called Sea Salt if you're stupid enough to pay extra for that particular label. Popular with trendy urbanites, dredlocked hippies, crystal purchasers, and pseudo-science counter culture know-it-alls.
    Yes, I did not think that there was any difference between sea salt and any other salt. Just because it comes from the sea or the land, surely it is still salt? So, as you say, Paul, why would they pay more for sea salt? It just does not make sense.

    Not only that, sea salt is not iodised, so why would you pay extra for salt that does not contain iodine? Not only that, but these people also have to buy iodine tablets, another expense. It all seems a bit silly to me.
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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    So where does Himalayan rock salt come from? Himalayas are landlocked aren't they?

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    Default Re: Did you know there is a salt works in New Zealand?

    Just asking after reading Garys Post -- We like Chicken Salt -- Does that mean is evaporated chickens

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    So where does Himalayan rock salt come from? Himalayas are landlocked aren't they?
    They dig it out of the ground - they have salt mines. You might remember that the Soviets sent their opposition to the salt mines. It appears that it was hard work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    So where does Himalayan rock salt come from? Himalayas are landlocked aren't they?
    They extract their salt from the salt mines. You may remember that the Soviets sent their opposition to the salt mines in Siberia.
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