• Short Summary

    TWENTY-FIVE-MILLION TONS OF SEA-WATER ARE EVAPORATED BY THE SUN EACH YEAR IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA TO PRODUCE SALT.

  • Description

    TWENTY-FIVE-MILLION TONS OF SEA-WATER ARE EVAPORATED BY THE SUN EACH YEAR IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA TO PRODUCE SALT. SCENE OF THE SALT HARVEST IS DRY CREEK, EIGHT MILES NORTH OF ADELAIDE.

    THE HARVESTING GOES ON TEN HOURS A DAY SIX DAYS A WEEK FROM MARCH UNTIL MAY. THE CRYSTALLISING PONDS COVER 430 ACRES, AND ARE FED BY SALT WATER FROM ST. VINCENT GULF.

    THE CRUST OF THE SALT -- ABOUT SIX INCHES THICK -- IS HARVESTED FROM THE PONDS. THEN IT TRAVELS ON A CONVEYOR BELT 800 FEET LONG TO A STACKING MACHINE WHICH POURS IT INTO LARGE CONICAL HEAPS.

    THE SALT MOUNTAINS ARE LEFT TO "WEATHER" FOR A FEW MONTHS BEFORE BEING RE-DISSOLVED IN FRESH WATER TO MAKE AN ALMOST PURE AND SATURATED SOLUTION OF SODIUM-CHLORIDE SALT.

    AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY TAKES ALL THE HARVEST -- MOST OF IT (200,000 TONS) IN A CHEMICAL WORKS AT OSBORNE, NEAR DRY CREEK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4H4WD4VRTZNJM91046QIO8PBX
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H4WD4VRTZNJM91046QIO8PBX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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