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A salt formation at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/__piq/2064297906/sizes/z/in/photolist-49q4Rd-49kZNk-61hFYx-8nDhP8-8nDi3r-5oZn33-j3dK-9mtQJn-9zYDfq-ufiVB-4iv4TC-4ir13M-zUmTX-8ksEg8-dwDNQi-dG4ffo-4kcfAZ-4eAFb-9ABV55-4bxMaq-5mQaz2-9kVkEx-9kYo4S-9kYvdm-9kYrF7-99fghd-5tW8C3-5p5uct-a6pu9w-PNzYK-dG5EuG-2d2v2-8Hgj8V-7exijk-eadSEq-87LdgY-87Lcbh-87GYu6-4kVvaX-8nGsbA-5AFqsv-9kVp9v-87LctE/">notphilatall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A salt formation at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Photo: notphilatall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What's the deal with salt?

It's a delicious flavor, for humans and deer alike...but it's also so much more.

There's just something special about salt, a naturally occurring mineral that humans and many animals crave. Found naturally in its crystalline solid form sea water and rock deposits left behind by ancient oceans, this chemical compound is among those that many of our cells need to survive.  Go to full article

Road salt damage

Each year about 118,000 people are hurt and 1300 people are killed on the roads during snowy and icy conditions. So, snowplows hit the roads, scraping snow and ice off the surface... and spreading incredible amounts of salt on highways, streets and roads to help keep them clear. Lester Graham reports there's some concern about the long-term effects of all that salt.  Go to full article
Clarkson University's Tom Langen & Joe Osso
Clarkson University's Tom Langen & Joe Osso

Road Salt Affecting Adirondack Lakes

This winter, state and local road crews will dump thousands of metric tons of salt on north country roads. The salt helps keep highways safe, preventing ice build-up and accidents. But environmentalists say the chemical is washing down into formerly pristine lakes and river. A research team from Clarkson University is studying the amount and the impact of salt collecting in the Cascade Lakes near Keene. Brian Mann spent a day with the scientists and sends this report.  Go to full article

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