National Geographic : 1944 Feb
The ILand Columbus Ioved To Fill West Indies Salt Shakers, a Wheelbarrow Brigade Quarries a Mountainside Virtually all the landscape is salt. It is so pure and clear that Dominican jokers give ice-cube-size lumps to visiting innocents to cool their drinks. Near Cabral, the deposit was thrust up vertically from an ancient ocean bed, as shown by the perpendicular strata. Oil prospectors recently have made an enthusiastic search in this very vicinity. By driving short shafts into the salt, they have detected the odor of petroleum. A few miles away, Enriquillo is a 30-mile-long salt lake. Neighboring Haiti gets salt by evaporating sea water.