National Minerals Information Center

Salt Statistics and Information

Salt, also known as sodium chloride, has many end uses.  Virtually every person in the world has some direct or indirect contact with salt daily.  People routinely add salt to their food as a flavor enhancer or apply rock salt to walkways to remove ice in the winter. Salt is used as feedstock for chlorine and caustic soda manufacture; these two inorganic chemicals are used to make many consumer-related end-use products, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic made from chlorine and paper-pulping chemicals manufactured from caustic soda.

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Wallace Bolen

Mineral Commodity Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-7727