Talk:History of salt

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This Article Needs Cleanup![edit]

OK, I added a number of tags requesting work

  1. The claims made appear like those in The Salt Institute's website, an advocacy group for salt and though i would not immediately dismiss an advocacy group's claims, they cannot be used as a primary source for the claims made. I imagine some of their claims must be verifiable, which is why i didn't just remove the unsourced claims for now.
  2. Many claims in the article also lack any sources whatsoever. The only reason I noticed the Salt Institute was because it was simply added as a link at the bottom of the page. As we know, claims must be backed with proper primary sources... in all honesty, I did not pick out even half of the unsourced claims because it would render the article unreadable, but the important thing is that they must be removed if they are not sourced in a timely manner. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Skaaii (talkcontribs) 14:05, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

The price drop?[edit]

One of the things I was most hoping to find here is an explanation of salt's transition from a precious commodity, one over which wars were fought, to a substance so cheap it's used in ashtrays. Sometime between the mid-19th and the mid-20th century, salt became very cheap, and it has remained so ever since. But when, and why? The article mentions industrial mining, and mining of deeper deposits; was that the cause? This is also the principal flaw in Kurlansky's otherwise excellent book: it frequently alludes to this incredible discrepancy, but never attempts to explain it. Kragen Javier Sitaker (talk) 16:09, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Matter of fact, the Punic people were the first to figure out salt could be made cheaply, simply by evaporating sea water. I believe our article used to say that, isn't that still in there? Til Eulenspiegel (talk) 16:29, 16 April 2010 (UTC)
A lot of times the price is due not to how easily it is made but by restrictions by governments on its production, because it is so important to people (it was the only source of some essential minerals in past times) everybody needed salt from the richest to the poorest so by controlling its supply it became a tax that nobody could avoid. Such taxes were important for example in China, and during there fight for independence one of the acts of defiance by Indians was to evaporate their own salt and not purchase salt from the colonial government. So one of the reasons for it becoming cheaper would be that governments finding other ways and things to collect taxes on-urbanisation and industrialisation?KTo288 (talk) 08:44, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

North American Prehistory[edit]

I included a link to an e-book for anyone who wants to include this information. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.203.125.108 (talk) 18:46, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

"The earliest systematic exposition of the different kinds of salts, its uses, and the methods of its extraction was published in China around 2700 BCE"[edit]

I notice with a lot of facts regarding India and China "mythological" dates are used. This is really bad for Wikipedia as a serious tool. So, in this case, it is clear that the above sentence is not even remotely true since the Chinese did not have a writing system at this point (or at least a well defined one; a handful of symbols and minor inscriptions do not count) to be able to "publish" anything. It would have required a well evolved language that the Chinese did not possess until after 1000 B.C. at the earliest and closer to 300 B.C. When most people think of "Ancient China" in the West it is actually the Chinese culture after the Fall of Rome, from about 500 to 1200 A.D. Not very old. BinaryLust (talk) 21:16, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Origin of Earth Ocean Salt[edit]

Where does it come from? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 211.208.163.62 (talk) 12:35, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

Billions of years ago: erosion of a very soluble substance present in the earth's crust by rain water and its gradual accumulation in a vast reservoir (the ocean). Oceanic salinity has long since reached equilibrium as equal amounts are deposited back into the earth's crust through geological processes as is eroded into the sea via rivers. 1812ahill (talk) 15:40, 1 November 2014 (UTC)