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Salin-de-Giraud, in the Camargues, is a good stop for visiting the salt mountains of the Salins-du-Midi.
The lagoons of salt water, surrounded by strings of dunes sculpted by the forces of weather, are now men made around Salin-de-Giraud to produce salt. Salt harvesting has become one of the most important activities in Camargue since the spectacular growth of the chemicals industry.
The evaporation pans at Salin-de-Giraud extend over 11,000 ha and on average, produce 1,000,000 metric tons a year, making them Europe's largest. There are four steps in the salt harvesting process (filling the basins, circulation of water to concentrate the brine, precipitation-drying and harvesting).
In the salt marshes you'll see long lines of salt "mountains" drying in the Provencal sun, and the checkerboard salt-pans.
The salt mound is 70m wide at the base, 22m high and some 750m long immediately after harvest and is the highest point in the landscape, containing approximately one million tonnes of salt.


This picture was taken on a visitors outlook with a low late-afternoon sun on the back.

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