Native American Salt Basins in the Sierra Nevada

Image: Native American Salt Basins in the Sierra Nevada

Detailed Description

Native Americans of the Miwok tribe in the northern Sierra Nevada, California carved these basins into the granite bedrock to produce salt for trade. They filled the basins with water from a salt spring and let the water evaporate, leaving a salt residue in the basin. The basins are about a meter in diameter and span the area of a football field.

Details

Image Dimensions: 1943 x 2448

Location Taken: US