NASA satellite captures a picture of India’s largest salt producer from space

NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) aboard the Landsat 8 Satellite captures India's largest salt producer region, Gujarat, from spaceNASA Earth Observatory
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Earth Observatory shared an image of salt ponds in Gujarat — India’s largest salt producer.
  • Gujarat’s Bhavnagar and the Gulf of Khambhat are highlighted in the image.
  • Similar salt deposits have been captured by NASA of other major salt producing regions around the world.
India is the third largest salt producer in the world and most of it can be traced back one region — the western state of Gujarat. And, now the salt bearing region was captured from space.

Salt evaporation ponds in Gujarat's BhavnagarNASA Earth Observatory

Gujarat accounts for three quarters of India’s annual salt production and is home to half of the country’s salt workers.

The image captured by the Operational Land Imager ( OLI) aboard the Landsat 8 Satellite shows the city of Bhavnagar — one of the leading salt-producing districts in Gujarat — on February 28, 2019.
The colourful rectangles in the image are salt evaporation ponds, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Earth Observatory. It’s a feature often found in major salt-producing areas.

Gujarat's Gulf of Khambhat adjacent to BhavnagarNASA Earth Observatory

The Gulf of Khambhat is also seen in the image. In the past, it was responsible for 24% of the salt production in the state. Because of the abundance of salt in the area, it is also home to the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute.

Here are some other salt producing regions captured by NASA:
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