salt mines


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salt mines

Dense quarters housing large numbers of programmers working long hours on grungy projects, with some hope of seeing the end of the tunnel in N years. Noted for their absence of sunshine. Compare playpen, sandbox.
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His relatives, failing to understand that a question of sentiment was involved in this proceeding, appealed to hard facts, and reminded him that there were no salt mines in the neighborhood.
The seventh year his schooner was seized in Bering Sea by a Russian cruiser, and all hands, so the talk went, were slammed into the Siberian salt mines. At least I've never heard of him since."
An' there's Smoke, the black little devil--didn't the Roosians have him for three years in the salt mines of Siberia, for poachin' on Copper Island, which is a Roosian preserve?
In this he failed, but Alexis was sent a convict to Siberia, where now, at this moment, he works in a salt mine. Think of that, you villain, you villain!--now, now, at this very moment, Alexis, a man whose name you are not worthy to speak, works and lives like a slave, and yet I have your life in my hands, and I let you go."
The rock salt from Khewra salt mines is to be sold at the same prices to anyone who comes to purchase it, he said.
Salt can be produced by evaporating salt water or extracting solid salt from underground salt mines. Before it reaches your grocery store, table salt also goes through a refining process to remove impurities and any other minerals besides sodium chloride.
It closed in 1892 due to competition from the Northwich salt mines.
KARAK -- The labourers working in salt mines went on strike here on Monday against the recent increase in price of natural gas and lack of basic facilities.
In China, the formation conditions of many salt mines with wide range distribution are good enough to construct salt caverns [10].
Present study involves the chemical evaluation of rock salt samples collected from the plugging sites of Himalayan salt (Khewra salt mines and Kalabagh salt mines) for their moisture content, water insoluble matter, calcium, magnesium, sulphate content and trace minerals such as Fe,Cu,Cd,Pb,As,Ag and Zn determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy.
Earlier the delegation visited the world famous Khewra Salt mines which are world's second largest source of edible salt located in Jhelum District, with estimated salt reserves of 600 million tons.