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Maras is a small Peruvian town located about 40 kilometers from Cusco.
The city is known for its salt in evaporation ponds on uneven terrain.
Salt has been exploited since pre-Incan eras obtained by salt water evaporation from a local underground stream.
Water, highly salted, emerges from an underground natural water flow. The flow is directed to a complex system of small channels constructed so that the water flows gradually into the hundreds of small ponds in the form of stairs.
The lagoons, molded into polygons, have on average four square meters, and none exceeds foot deep.
The salt-control the flow of water is slowly introduced through a slot in a side wall of each tank.
Heated by the sun, the water evaporates and becomes supersaturated salt which accumulates at the bottom. The water flow is closed and after a few days the sun salt is scraped and collected.
The Maras Salt Mines work in cooperative, Maras any citizen can have your tank for salt production
The effect of reflected sunlight in the complex of small lagoons form an impressive landscape.
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