The salt marshes are located between the Mediterranean Sea and the town Aigues-Mortes and Giraud. The evaporation ponds are supplied with sea water from the Mediterranean Sea through channels along the Baronnets Beaches. They turn pink when their sodium chloride levels are at their peak. The salt marshes are also a spot for plants and resting place for birds of the Camargue, among them pink flamingos.
With the Sea water passed through a network of canals and basins in the salt marshes this is a symbol of sustainable industrial use of nature: Only wind and sun are enough to evaporate the water so what remains are the salt crystals. In salt marshes, the salt level in the water is tested daily. In late fall is then harvest time.
The largest salt marshes of the Camargue are the Saline de Giraud (at the mouth of the Rhone point) and the Salins du Midi at Aigues-Mortes. From the salt marshes of Aigues-Mortes salt is mainly obtained, however, the salt of Salin de Giraud is mainly used for the chemical industry.
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