The salt pier

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A drone perspective of the salt pier and adjacent salt pans. The current pans are operated by Cargill, and cover one tenth of the island’s surface and produce 360.000 to 500.000 tons of Bonaire salt every year. The various stages of production are reflected by the differing colours of the ponds. The crystal clear seawater turns first to green then brown and finally, as the salt crystallises, to pink. This distinct pink colour is caused by bacteria. On the far right you can just catch a glimpse of the flamingo sanctuary. The pier itself is one of Bonaire’s great dive sites.

The salt pier

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