Salt ponds from space

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of solar evaporation ponds outside the city of Moab, Utah. There are 23 colorful ponds spread across 400 acres. They are part of a large operation to mine potassium chloride—more commonly referred to as muriate of potash (MOP)—from ore buried underground. MOP is in high demand as fertilizer because there are no easy substitutes for potassium, an essential nutrient for plant growth.

Salt ponds from space

Potassium chloride mining in Utah can be seen from the International Space Station.

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Image: Solar evaporation ponds near Moab, Utah

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of solar evaporation ponds outside the city of Moab, Utah. There are 23 colorful ponds spread across 400 acres. They ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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