Wars have been waged over it, workers have been paid in it, taxes from it have built cities and helped them to flourish and it has been traded all over the world for millennia. Yet to most people it remains the humble table salt used for seasoning french fries – though food seasoning accounts for only about 6% of salt usage. Industrial chemicals, agriculture, road de-icing and water conditioning each account for significantly higher usage. The history of salt is as rich as the mineral deserves and is reflected in fables, stories and superstitions throughout history.
Salt in its natural setting is as majestic as its past and alludes to the fact that the history of sodium chloride is still being written.