Crystallisation pond

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Crystallisation pond

Term used by people outside the profession, which is synonymous with “marais” (marsh) used by the salt workers; this is the final pond from which the water doesn’t leave, and where the harvest takes place. These rectangular ponds (7m by 10m), are on a human scale to enable harvesting by hand to take place, of around fifty kilos of salt crystallised during the day. Their number varies depending on the size of the salt works, but they represent around 10%. The greatest care is taken in their preparation. The middle must be very level (we talk about “galoche” or upper part), whilst the edge is a trough of 1-2 cm by 1.5m, to ensure the required volume of water for harvest.  

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