Slovenian salterns on the Adriatic coast are an example of a traditional
saline system, that has remained essentially unchanged for seven centuries.
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The salterns are man-made hypersaline environments in which salt is produced from seawater by gradual evaporation. The principle of the process is extremely simple: when seawater is pumped into shallow basins and left to dry out, the salt concentration increases until eventually the solution becomes saturated with salt, which precipitates as salt crystals.
If rain is threatening, hypersaline red brine is stored in deep hollows at the corners of the salt production ponds.