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Venture Into a Surreal Salt Mine 2,000 Feet Below Lake Erie

Wired Logo By www.wired.com/2016/05/venture-surreal-salt-mine-2000-feet-lake-erie of Wired | Slide 1 of 9: <p>Each year, cities throughout the US scatter 19.5 million tons of salt on icy, snowy roads. Few people give it any thought beyond complaining about the stuff turning their car into a rusty heap, or pause to wonder where it all comes from. A lot of <a href="http://www.wired.com/2016/05/venture-surreal-salt-mine-2000-feet-lake-erie?mbid=synd_msnnews">that salt is mined in Ohio</a>, pulled from the remains of massive inland sea that dried up more than 400 million years ago.</p><p>(Pictured) Road salt is stored in piles above ground at the Morton Salt Mine in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.</p>

Each year, cities throughout the US scatter 19.5 million tons of salt on icy, snowy roads. Few people give it any thought beyond complaining about the stuff turning their car into a rusty heap, or pause to wonder where it all comes from. A lot of that salt is mined in Ohio, pulled from the remains of massive inland sea that dried up more than 400 million years ago.

(Pictured) Road salt is stored in piles above ground at the Morton Salt Mine in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

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