Salt evaporation pond

A salt evaporation pond is a shallow artificial salt pan designed to extract salts from sea water or other brines. Natural salt pans are geological formations that are also created by water evaporating and leaving behind salts. Some salt evaporation ponds are only slightly modified from their natural version, such as the ponds on Great Inagua in the Bahamas, or the ponds in Jasiira, a few kilometres south of Mogadishu, where seawater is trapped and left to evaporate in the sun.

The seawater or brine is fed into large ponds and water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows the salt to be subsequently harvested.

The ponds also provide a productive resting and feeding ground for many species of waterbirds, which may include endangered species.[1] The ponds are commonly separated by levees. Salt evaporation ponds may also be called salterns, salt works or salt pans.

Salt evaporation pond in Île de Ré, France
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Natural salt evaporation ponds at Pedra de Lume, Sal island, Cape Verde
Marakkanam Salt Pans
A salt pan worker in a salt evaporation pond in Tamil Nadu, India.
Lithium mine, Salar del Hombre Muerto, Argentina
Salt evaporation ponds at a lithium mine in Argentina. The brine in this salar is rich in lithium, and the mine concentrates the brine in the ponds
Lanzarote salt pans
Contemporary solar evaporation salt pans on the island of Lanzarote at Salinas de Janubio
Solar Evaporation Ponds, Atacama Desert
Solar evaporation ponds in the Atacama Desert
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Solar evaporation ponds in the Salt Valley of Añana, Spain
Solar evaporation ponds in the Salt Valley of Añana, Spain

Algae and colour

Due to variable algal concentrations, vivid colors (from pale green to bright red) are created in the evaporation ponds. The color indicates the salinity of the ponds. Microorganisms change their hues as the salinity of the pond increases. In low- to mid-salinity ponds, green algae such as Dunaliella salina are predominant, although these algae can also take on an orange hue. In middle- to high-salinity ponds, Halobacteria, which is actually a group of halophilic Archaea (sometimes called Haloarchaea), shift the colour to pink, red and orange. Other bacteria such as Stichococcus also contribute tints.


Notable salt ponds include:

Until World War II, salt was extracted from sea water in a unique way in Egypt near Alexandria.[7] Posts were set out on the salt pans and covered with several feet of sea water. In time the sea water evaporated, leaving the salt behind on the post, where it was easier to harvest.


Salt pans are shallow open, often metal, pans used to evaporate brine. They are usually found close to the source of the salt. For example, pans used in the solar evaporation of salt from sea water are usually found on the coast, while those used to extract salt from solution-mined brine will be found near to the brine shaft. In this case, extra heat is often provided by lighting fires underneath.

See also


  1. ^ Athearn, Nicole D.; Takekawa, John Y.; and Shinn, Joel M. (2009) Avian response to early tidal salt marsh restoration at former commercial salt evaporation ponds in San Francisco Bay, California, USA, Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 15, Article 14.
  2. ^ Napa Salt Pond Complex Archived 2011-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, The Bay Institute
  3. ^ Salt ponds, South San Francisco Bay, NASA Earth Observatory
  4. ^ "NASA Helps Reclaim 15,100 Acres Of San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds". Space Daily. Moffett Field. July 14, 2003.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ Salt, Grown On Sticks Harvested From Sea, Popular Science, March 1933

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Salt pan (geology)

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A saltern is an area or installation for making salt. Salterns include modern salt-making works, as well as hypersaline waters that usually contain high concentrations of halophilic microorganisms, primarily haloarchaea but also other halophiles including algae and bacteria.

Salterns usually begin with seawater as the initial source of brine but may also use natural saltwater springs and streams. The water is evaporated, usually over a series of ponds, to the point where sodium chloride and other salts precipitate out of the saturated brine, allowing pure salts to be harvested. Where complete evaporation in this fashion was not routinely achievable due to weather, salt was produced from the concentrated brine by boiling the brine.

Earliest examples of pans used in the solution mining of salt date back to prehistoric times and the pans were made of ceramics known as briquetage. Later examples were made from lead and then iron. The change from lead to iron coincided with a change from wood to coal for the purpose of heating the brine. Brine would be pumped into the pans, and concentrated by the heat of the fire burning underneath. As crystals of salt formed these would be raked out and more brine added. In warmer climates no additional heat would be supplied, the sun's heat being sufficient to evaporate off the brine.

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