Himalayan rock salt communicates ancient looks, modern uses
Halite answers to the more common name of rock salt. It becomes more familiar through its definition as the natural form of salt. Salt in turn can be described as a crystalline mineral whose regular, three-dimensional molecular structure inspires the chemical formula NaCl and name sodium chloride.
Sodium chloride indeed dominates Himalayan rock salt’s composition to the tune of 98 percent. Magnesium exerts the next claim as second most dominant component. Bromine, calcium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and zirconium follow. Some analysts give total tallies of 84 trace minerals.
Eurasia’s Celtic-settled regions have ancient reputations for superiorly bred horses, extracted salt, loomed textiles, and magnificent fortifications. But Pakistan’s Himalayan-mined rock salt is #1.
Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC)
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources
Government of Pakistan
web site: http://www.pmdc.gov.pk/
Khewra Salt Mines Tourist Resort
web site: http://www.pmdc.gov.pk/?p=TouristResort
Mine visiting times: Open for tourists from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day including Sunday and gazetted holidays.