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8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 6:07PM
Back breaking work painfully captured...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
22 Jan 2014 6:15PM
You have to admire these women, Jean-Noel, what are the men-folk doing whilst their women work, and doing work equivalent to that of a man? Carol
ColleenA Plus
7 411 6 Australia
22 Jan 2014 6:20PM
It does look heavy, these images have really made me appreciate the salt on my table that we take for granted every day...
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
22 Jan 2014 6:22PM
Wonderful photography Smile
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
22 Jan 2014 6:42PM
Balancing act !! Jean.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
22 Jan 2014 6:42PM
Is the salt just for culinary purposes?
interesting contrast between a traditional method and modern clothing Smile
22 Jan 2014 7:07PM

Quote:Is the salt just for culinary purposes?
This should answer your question as salt is used in many industries.

"Only about 6% of the salt manufactured in the world is used in food. Of the remainder, 12% is used in water conditioning processes, 8% goes for de-icing highways and 6% is used in agriculture. The rest (68%) is used for manufacturing and other industrial processes,[61] and sodium chloride is one of the largest inorganic raw materials used by volume. Its major chemical products are caustic soda and chlorine, which are separated by the electrolysis of a pure brine solution. These are used in the manufacture of PVC, plastics, paper pulp and many other inorganic and organic compounds. Salt is also used as a flux in the production of aluminium. For this purpose, a layer of melted salt floats on top of the molten metal and removes iron and other metal contaminants. It is also used in the manufacture of soaps and glycerine, where it is added to the vat to precipitate out the saponified products. As an emulsifier, salt is used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, and another use is in the firing of pottery, when salt added to the furnace vaporises before condensing onto the surface of the ceramic material, forming a strong glaze.[62]

When drilling through loose materials such as sand or gravel, salt may be added to the boring mud to provide a stable "wall" to prevent the hole collapsing. There are many other processes in which salt is involved. These include its use as a mordant in textile dying, to regenerate resins in water softening, for the tanning of hides, the preservation of meat and fish and the canning of meat and vegetables." (Wikipedia)
tomcat 13 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:33PM
Love the designer gearWink

22 Jan 2014 8:51PM
Gear image & interesting to see the traditional transportation methods still prevail
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
22 Jan 2014 9:29PM
Hurrah for these :strong: women!
viscostatic 13 43 5 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 8:48AM
Yes Jean-Noel hard work and I'm sure the monetary rewards are small. Great image.

Joline Plus
13 30 53 United States
23 Jan 2014 12:52PM
You have shown this ancient industry well, and the uses of salt is most educational.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
23 Jan 2014 2:54PM
My compliments to this lovely lady Jean-Noel. She really has earned her wage working here.GrinGrinGrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
23 Jan 2014 7:47PM
Thanks for the info on salt. Having been involved in a chemical related idustry for many years I was aware of the industrial applications. I perhaps should have been clearer, I was thinking specifically about the salt produced in your images here. Nonetheless, interesting for anyone else reading this, just shows how indispensible this stuff is.

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