RailPictures.Net Photo: Russian Railways ChME3 at Baskunchak, Astrakhan region, Russia by Ilya Semyonoff
 
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Russian Railways (more..)
ChME3 (more..)
Baskunchak railroad (more..)
Baskunchak, Astrakhan region, Russia (more..)
May 01, 2012
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Ilya Semenoff (more..)
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ChME3 locomotive transports cars with salt along Baskunchak lake, the biggest salt lake in Russia, located north of the Caspian Sea. The salinity of the lake is about 300 g/l. Since the 8th century its salt was mined and distributed via the Silk Road. Nowadays the lake's salt of distinct purity (99.8% NaCl) covers 80% of Russia's salt production. Depending on need, about 1.5 million to 5 million tons of salt are mined per year. Today salt is developed here by railroad, which lies on the lake.
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