A laborer works at a salt production factory in Nangqian county, northwest China's Qinghai province, on July 24, 2007. (Reuters/Simon Zo)
The Atlantic brings us this collection of salt mines from all over the world, each with its own strain of strangely alien beauty, and a long history which is deeply tied to local culture. Each salt mine is shaped by different geographical elements and varying levels of access to modern technology.
Kelly McCollam is an artist with a twist. Her interests in classical masterpieces such as Van Gogh's "Starry Night" inspired her to recreate them in her own way.
Her salt and spice formations pay homage to her favorite fine artists while conveying the visions of a young artist well on her way to success.