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Searles Lake

Hidden Minerals

Posted on August 19, 2016

Vibrant Brine Solutions

The Mojave Desert is full of hidden wonders. This mineral mine at Searles Lake, near the city of Trona in the Searles Valley, has some incredibly vibrant colors and shapes. The  lake is one of the world's richest deposits of minerals, including boric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium sulfate, many specialty types of borax and salt. Water under the lake bed mixes with minerals to form a brine 10X saltier than the ocean and is so vast that it would take hundreds of years to completely extract it all.

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