For similar named locales see, see Salt Well, Alabama and Saltwell, Tyne and Wear.
Brine Wells near Preesall
Brine well head
A salt well (or brine well) is used to mine salt from subterranean caverns or deposits. Water is used as a solution to dissolve the salt or halite deposits so that they can be extracted by pipe to an evaporation process, which results in a brine or dry product for sale or use. In the United States during the 19th century, salt wells were a significant source of income for operators and the government. Locating underground salt deposits was usually based on locations of existing salt springs.
In mountainous areas, a similar technique called sink works (from German sinkwerk) is used.
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^ “Solution Mining for Salt” (pdf). Salt Institute. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
^ Michigan Geological Survey (1876). Geological Survey of Michigan. Original from Harvard University: Published by authority of the Legislature of Michigan under the direction of the Board of Geological Survey. p. 171.
History of salt
In the American Civil War
International Salt Co. v. United States
Old Salt Route
In Chinese history
Fleur de sel
Kosher (Korean sea)
Salt and cardiovascular disease
Salt Industry Commission
Open-pan salt making
List of countries by salt production
In Syracuse, New York
Salt in the Bible
Salting the earth
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