Production of salt in the Aral Sea area
During Soviet times the volume of production of salt in Kyzylorda oblast of Kazakhstan reached 600,000 tons annually, ensuring the needs of all 15 republics of the USSR.
Today the region produces about 250,000 tons of salt that is used only for the needs of domestic market. Salt reserves in this area are about 11 million tons, enough to continue production for the next 40-50 years. Photos by voxpopuli.kz
Complete restoration of salt reserves of one lake occurs every 35-45 years. The thickness of the salt layer is up to 1.5 meters. At present salt is extracted from the lake every two years: from May to November.
The deposit is located 10 km from the village Zhaksykylysh (21 km north-east of Aralsk town). The population of the village is about 6000 people. The average salary of workers employed in production of salt is 200-250 USD per month. It is the largest place of salt extraction in Kazakhstan.