Landscapes - Salt Marshes

Salt marshes, Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Salt marshes, Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Andalucia (Click to enlarge image)

SALT MARSHES

 

Salt marshes are a natural source of sea salt. The marshes flood on a high tide and then a series of earth bund walls and sluice gates regulate the level of the seawater. As the water evaporates under the hot sun, the salt is left behind; it is then collected and stored, and the process is repeated. The main locations for this are Cabo del Gata (whose sea salt is highly prized in cooking) and the Marismas de Odiel in Huelva.

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