Monday, September 30, 2019

Salt mine of 250 million years under the shimmering seabed

Soledar salt mine.
This salt mine was formed 250 million years ago on the seabed of Ukraine. When the sea dried up it left a giant cave with a huge mass of salt.

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Soledar salt mine.
The salt mine forms a small city called Soledar, which means "gift from salt".
Soledar salt mine.
It has been considered a salt mining area since the 16th century when salt was concentrated by burning fire to evaporate the steam.
Soledar salt mine.
The process of exploiting salt by burning wood leads to deforestation. After that, it was exploited by coal but the production scale was still low. Under the electric light, it shimmered like a gem.
Soledar salt mine.
By the 19th century, the mine was exploited on an industrial scale to ensure productivity and resources.
Soledar salt mine.
After more than 100 years of exploitation, the mine has become a 300m-long tunnel, many places transformed into luxurious art and music rooms under the hands of workers - artists.
Soledar salt mine.
Even here there are football fields, churches, bars for workers which forming a closed complex.
Soledar salt mine.
Cold and dry air contains a small amount of salt dust that is thought to have healing effects.
Soledar salt mine.
Sparkling Christmas tree under lights.
  
Soledar salt mine.
Electricity is taken down from the ground.
  
Soledar salt mine.
Recreation area.
  
Soledar salt mine.
Prayer place.
 
Soledar salt mine.
Football pitches.

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