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In Croatia, Harvesting Salt the Centuries-old Way


A general view of the Ston Saltworks site in Ston, Croatia, Aug. 8, 2017.

Dozens of glistening pools in a small village on Croatia's Adriatic coast stand testament to its annual salt harvests from seawater, which use a method largely unchanged for centuries.

The salt works facility in Ston, which says it is the oldest in Europe, consists of 58 pools and covers about 430,000 square meters where the waters of the Adriatic are allowed to seep in and then evaporate, leaving salt behind.

A worker collects salt at the Ston Saltworks site in Ston, Croatia, Aug. 8, 2017.
A worker collects salt at the Ston Saltworks site in Ston, Croatia, Aug. 8, 2017.

The first of two salt harvests this year kicked off on Tuesday, with around 35 tourists, friends and family of workers raking salt across the pans into gleaming white piles, before transferring to a nearby warehouse by wooden carts.

They expect to harvest some 200 tons of salt in the harvest, with most of it used for industrial purposes while the rest is sold in local markets for use in cooking.

Workers push wagons full of salt at the Ston Saltworks site in Ston, Croatia, Aug. 8, 2017.
Workers push wagons full of salt at the Ston Saltworks site in Ston, Croatia, Aug. 8, 2017.

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