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Salt form Wieliczka

Salt form Wieliczka
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-19
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Crystals and Minerals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-01 3:37
Viewed: 6074
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Salt Mine Wieliczka which works from XIII century is the oldest enterprise of salt industry on Polish land. For ages it was a source of polish treasury and material fundament of culture - today is the most willingly visited polish tourist object. Over 700 years of mining the salt deposit formed the contemporary spatial mining excavation structure. Hidden below the town, situated on 9 levels, reaching 327 m deep Wieliczka underground is nearly 300 km of galleries and 3000 chambers. 3,5 km route 64-135 m below ground level is available for tourists. Magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes, original tools and equipment, traces of mining works give the comprehension about people's fight against the elements, their work, passion and beliefs...

Sodium chloride or common salt is the chemical compound NaCl, composed of the elements sodium and chloride. Salt occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the mineral halite and as mixed evaporites in salt lakes. Seawater has lots of salt; it contains an average of 2.6% (by weight) NaCl, or 26 million metric tons per cubic kilometer (120 million short tons per cubic mile, an inexhaustible supply (note: seawater also contains other dissolved solids; salt represents about 77% of the Total Dissolved Solids). Underground salt deposits are found in both bedded. sedimentary layers and domal deposits. Deposits have been found to have encapsulated ancient microorganisms including bacteria. Some salt is one the surface, the dried-up residue of ancient seas like the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Salt even arrives on earth from outer space in meteors and its presence on the planet Mars makes scientists think life may exist there (in fact, scientists speculate that salt-loving bacteria live in underground water on Mars - as they have survived in suspended animation for 250 million years in Texas). Conversely, surface salt depositions and man-made saltworks can be seen from space. In ocean coastal areas, saltwater can "intrude" on underground freshwater supplies, complicating the lives of those who provide our drinking water supplies.
Sodium chloride crystals are cubic in form. Table salt consists of tiny cubes tightly bound together through ionic bonding of the sodium and chloride ions. The salt crystal is often used as an example of crystalline structure. It can be modified by temperature. Many online science pages offer instruction on growing salt crystals. Other graphics of salt crystals are also available online. And salt crystals have been photographed under a microscope. Different types of crystal have different uses, as for food.
It varies in color from colorless, when pure, to white, gray or brownish, typical of rock salt (halite). Chemically, it is 60.663% elemental chlorine (Cl) and 39.337% sodium (Na). The atomic weight of elemental chlorine is 35.4527 and that of sodium is 22.989768.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-01 4:29]

Very interresting shot and excellent note.
I've never seen salt at this form before.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-01 4:32]

Excellent note Joanna - we must visit Wieliczka in spring as soon as possible :-) I like your crystal pictures and this one is no exception. Very good post.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-01 5:32]

I learnt something new today Joanna. Salt was a very necessary item over the centuries, especially for preserving food, fish and meat, etc. Did you photograph this at work? Very interesting and well shown.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-01 5:40]

spooky, guess what, I just watch some part of the TV show about how they make salt in Sky TV channel tonite, and saw how they harvest salt etc, and here you are with a photo of salt. Very interesting, this photo is well captured, it didn't even look like salt at all instead it look like rock suger, I like the colours of it. Your note is well writen, well done girl...

The learning channel! :) Excellent note and supporting photo, Joanna. Well done.

Nice shot, it could've been better to underexpose it a wee-bit.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-01 6:34]

Interesting picture and very good note. TFS!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-03-01 8:20]

Jeste¶ teraz ekspertem od minera³ów. Bardzo dobre zdjêcie, ostre jak ¿yleta no i tyle informacji w nocie - brawo.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-03-01 12:20]

Very nice image Joanna and very interesting notes. Good work

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-01 16:20]

Nice work Joanna, an intersting shot backed up with a top note, as a chemist it all makes perfect sense!


Very interesting post and original subject. Nice picture. Thanks for the extensive note.
Ce ne doit pas être ce que vous mettez dans votre "café crème". ;-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-01 17:16]

Bonjour Joanna.
Incroyable structure, cela me fait penser a un rapide dans un cours d'eau. Belle image

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-01 17:26]

Excelent presentation, Joanna. Well written note and educational. The image is well exposed and detailed.
Well done.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-01 21:45]

Bonne photo originale, Beau contraste de couleur dans les mêmes tons. Félicitations et bonne journée.

Joanna, Just thought I'd stop by & get "mineralized" by one of my favorites! Interesting note & shot, thanx!!

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-14 6:09]

Welcome Joanna!
It is very interesting photo. I like. Very pretty and original.

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-18 4:25]

Im dokładniej sie przyglądam takiej soli tym wydaje sie ładniejsza. Piekne kryształy.

Hi Joanna, I visited the salt mine in Wieliczka in 1972 and I will never forget it. I am glad I did not have to work there! I remember the chapel with chandeliers decorated with salt crystals. It was really something different! A couple of years ago I got a few small salt crystals from the Polish representative at the Tourist performance in Goteborg. I keep them as a reminder of my unforgettable visit to this salt mine. Your photo is very vivid, I can almost taste the salt....

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