Salt deposits in Arizona promise gas-storage opportunities

Massive salt formations and their proximity to pipeline systems and power plants make Arizona attractive for natural gas storage.Salt is abundant and valuable in Arizona. Two of the nine known deposits are thicker than the Grand Canyon is deep. Total thickness of salt (common table salt–sodium chloride) in the other seven deposits is unknown. Interpretations of eighteen unexplored areas may have potential salt deposits in the subsurface (see map). Click here to enlarge imageSalt is the basis for two industries in Arizona, solution mining and subsurface storage.At the Morton Salt Co. facility near Glendale, subsurface salt is dissolved with fresh water and the brine pumped into evapo...

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