Virtual Field Trip to See Salt Harvested!

July 22nd, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Friday, July 22, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Cargill Salt

Age Range: 6 and up (approximately with parental supervision)

Take a virtual tour of Cargill Salt’s salt-harvesting operation on the San Francisco Bay. See ancient and modern techniques employed to make and refine over 650,000 tons of salt each year from bay water with the help of the sun and wind.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Just follow it in chronological order by clicking on the directional links at the bottom of each page.  You’ll read interesting text and see clear photographs (click to enlarge for easy viewing). Or you can click on the menu to view any segment of the tour you’d like.  The tour includes:

*Solar Ponds – See the plant site where the salt is concentrated, crystallized and harvested.

*Evaporation Ponds – Through natural evaporation, water is drawn out of these ponds that are protected by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

*Salt Stacks – The bright, white salt stacks are familiar landmarks in the San Francisco Bay, serving as a navigational aid to commercial and private pilots.

You’ll also see and learn about the equipments used in the refinery, where salt is washed, processed and packaged.

When you’re through with the tour, be sure to click on the “Kids Pages” in the horizontal menu at the top of the page where you can learn:

  • How To Harvest Salt Yourself
  • How To Make A Mummy
  • Print Out Coloring Pages of Birds that Live in the Salt Marshes


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