|The secret to making salt is the management of the sea water that enters the labyrinths of water tables you see here. As the water flows from the marshes, themselves filled and emptied by a design conceived by monks in the Middle Ages, its salt content becomes ever more concentrated. The blessing of these marshes is the clay that filled the old bay of Olonne and that allowed the construction of basins that could be formed to channel and hold water at just the right depth for ideal evaporation.|
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