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Earth, fire, water… What made men risk their lives to wrestle with this humble rock that tasted of their sweat? The salt of the earth. OK, it was a job, guaranteed by Royal Charter, what's more, to pass for ever from father to son. But there's more to it than that.
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If we're really going to get to the bottom of things, we have to go back 20 million years to the Miocene era, when the Carpathians were being formed. Geological evidence suggests that there was a sea here at that time, a sea which evaporated leaving a wealth of mineral deposits, including common or garden sodium chloride.