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SALT...... MADE THE WORLD GO ROUND 17.03.1997

Today's world has forgotten that Salt (NaCl)
was
more important in ancient times, than
petrochemicals are today. Indeed,
today we take salt for granted .
Continuous and reliable supplies of
Salt, were a matter of such importance
that the establishment of early settlements,
the rise and decay of civilisations,
demographic shifts of populations and the
development of agriculture, were
intimately related to the immediate
availability of salt. The power to
control a population's salt supply,
was power over life and death.
Erratic
sea level changes, particularly in the
Mediterranean prevented some of
these civilisations from obtaining
consistent salt supplies, causing them
to migrate or decay, conquor or succumb
to others.

By David Bloch -- mblsalt@ibm.net








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