Definitions for salternˈsɔl tərn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

salt•ernˈsɔl tərn(n.)

  1. a saltworks.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a plot of land laid out in pools for the evaporation of seawater to produce salt.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of saltern:

bef. 900; OE sealtærn saltworks =sealtsalt1+ærn building

Wiktionary

  1. saltern(Noun)

    An area used for saltmaking, especially in the East Anglian fenlands.

  2. saltern(Noun)

    A modern saltworks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saltern(noun)

    a building or place where salt is made by boiling or by evaporation; salt works

Freebase

  1. Saltern

    Saltern is a word with a number of differing meanings. In English archaeology, a saltern is an area used for salt making, especially in the East Anglian fenlands. There is an area called Salterns in Poole, Dorset, which was in active use for salt-making from before 1750 to the mid-1800s. A 1748 map shows two Boiling Houses near the edge of the harbour. Today, the name persists in the Salterns Hotel, Salterns Marina and Salterns Way—all in Lilliput, Poole—and in Salterns Road, in Lower Parkstone. The term saltern also describes modern salt-making works, and contain hypersaline waters that usually contain high concentrations of halophilic microorganisms, primarily haloarchaea but also other halophiles including algae and bacteria. Salterns usually begin with seawater as the initial source of brine but may also use natural saltwater springs and streams. The water is evaporated, usually over a series of ponds, to the point where NaCl and other salts precipitate out of the saturated brine, allowing pure salts to be harvested. In England, complete evaporation in this fashion was not routinely achievable and salt from the concentrated brine was produced by boiling the brine.

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