See the fascinating way salt is created in Peru

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A stream of salty water flows toward evaporation ponds at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners carry bags of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners drink beer during a break from working at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner carries a bag of salt to a storage site at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners take a break during work at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners weigh salt bags at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Salt bags sit in a storage site at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pre-Columbian salt mines stand in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Piles of salt sit before being bagged at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Bags of salt sit next to an evaporation pond at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners carry bags of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners carry bags of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner, center, carries a bag of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Salt crystals left by evaporated water are seen at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner steps in a salt pond to make the crystals float at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner carries a bag of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Miners scrape for salt in evaporation ponds at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Bags of mined salt sit outside a storage site, back left, at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner, far right, scrapes for salt in evaporation ponds at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A miner carries a bag of salt at the pre-Columbian salt mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Cuzco region of Maras, Peru, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Since pre-Inca times salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream in terraced ponds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Take a look at the photos above for an intimate view inside Peru's salt mines. Going as far back as the Incas, the people of Peru have used this ancient technique to gather natural salt from the sea.

Hundreds of ponds have been built on terraces for water to flow into, where it slowly evaporates leaving the salt behind. The ponds are faithfully looked after by many locals, who have cared for the ancient ponds for generations.

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