The Salt, Garam in Bali

The Salt, Garam in Bali

Salt is cheap in the Netherlands.
Below the ground, in Boekelo, in Twente,
lies a thick layer of salt,
hard to imagine how vast.
Steam is pumped into this
and the saltwater automatically floats to the surface.
That’s it.
Seawater consists of various salts in a fluid state.
One liter holds roughly 35 grams of salts:
• 24 grams sodium chloride,
• 5 grams magnesium chloride,
• 4 grams sodium sulphate,
• 0.7 grams calcium chloride,
• 0.8 grams magnesium bromide.
Because of this structure, sea salt tastes different
from kitchen salt,
which consists mainly of sodium chloride.
It is called: stone salt ( petrified sea salt )
and, in spite of what all health freaks think,
it is healthier than sea salt, because the oceans ,
million of years ago,
were still virginally clean, which is , nowadays,
not completely the case.
To prevent goiter, iodide is usually added.

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Here, there are no petrified inland seas
and the salt has to be won from the sea.
Seawater contains 3,5 % salt,
so in each liter 35 grams;
in a ten liter bucket : 350 grams;
in two buckets : 700 grams.
Thus, a man can scoop that much out of the sea,
at one go, every day,
his whole life long.
Each and every day,
again and again…

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