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In The Pink: Harvesting A Rare Form Of Salt In Crimea

A saltwater lagoon known as Lake Sasyk-Sivash on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is the source of a rare resource: pink salt. The mineral is tinted by tiny algae that produce the pigment beta-carotene. Each autumn, seasonal workers collect thousands of tons of pink salt for processing and export.

A worker walks past a wagon as it is loaded with pink sea salt at Lake Sasyk-Sivash, near the city of Yevpatoria, Crimea.
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A worker walks past a wagon as it is loaded with pink sea salt at Lake Sasyk-Sivash, near the city of Yevpatoria, Crimea.

A salt harvester collects the mineral on the shores of the lake. 
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A salt harvester collects the mineral on the shores of the lake. 

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A train drives across the lake bed in a part of the lagoon that has been drained. 
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A train drives across the lake bed in a part of the lagoon that has been drained. 

A train driver hauls in a load of salt. 
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A train driver hauls in a load of salt. 

Laborers work on a partially drained lake bed. 
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Laborers work on a partially drained lake bed. 

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A mountain of pink salt is collected for processing. 
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A mountain of pink salt is collected for processing. 

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