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Native American Salt Basins in the Sierra Nevada
Native American Salt Basins in the Sierra Nevada
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Title: Native American Salt Basins in the Sierra Nevada

Description: Native Americans of the Miwok tribe in the northern Sierra Nevada, California carved these basins into the granite bedrock to produce salt for trade. They filled the basins with water from a salt spring and let the water evaporate, leaving a salt residue in the basin. Shown here is an aerial view of a salty pond above the spring used to fill the basins to make the salt. The basins are shown in the picture in the bedrock opposite the pond.

Location: USA

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Photographer Organization: U.S. Geological Survey

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Type: JPEG image - 1.55 MB
Dimensions: 1056 x 1156
Resolution: 72 dpi

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Tags: Miwok NR2009_12_02 NativeAmerican SaltBasin SierraNevada



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