Peru, Mexico, Chile

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PE03 Peru Salt Pools
The salt ponds of Maras Peru are at about 10,000 feet elevation but were once at the sea floor.  A small spring trickles salt water into almost 5,000 ponds maintained by a local farming cooperative.  The water is cut off when the pond is a few inches deep and is then allowed to dry in the Peruvian sun.  It is then shipped world wide for use in fine restaurants and by culinary chefs.