Friday, July 20, 2018

Geological Museum opens salt exhibit

The Ural Geological Museum opened a display Wednesday featuring an edible mineral found in nearly every home - salt, Ural State Mining University said.

Not all salt is clear or white. The museum has many different salt formations on display. There are different kinds of salt, such as Verkhnekamsky, which is blue because of its deformed crystal structure. In Iran, Verkhnekamsky is rare, precious and expensive.

Another type of salt that will be on display is from Kathmandu. This salt is red because of its rich iron content.

Not only do these structures look different, but they also taste different. More potassium makes the salt more bitter, and more magnesium gives it a burning sensation. Event organizers have prepared small samples of salt for visitors to taste.

These fascinating formations are now available for public viewing at the museum.

There are also special exhibitions about the modern technology used in salt production. The entire process requires approximately two months to complete.

Russia may have an economic crisis, and salt imports have ceased from Ukraine, but there is no salt crisis in the Urals because of its natural resources.

Russians use more than 500,000 tons of salt each year. An additional 4 million tons is used for industrial manufacturing in Russia.

Ural is known for its impressive salt deposits. Experts said Russia’s natural salt deposits contain more than enough of the mineral to meet the needs of the country.

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