|Abstract||Solar saltworks are very well known plants, mainly because of their product. Salt is one of the world's best-known minerals and the chemical substance most related with the history of human civilization. Its significance for the creation of life itself on the planet and its importance as a commodity are paramount. Nevertheless, the development of a unique saline ecosystem in parallel with the salt production process has not always been understood. The biological process that develops along with the increasing salinity gradient in the evaporating ponds and crystallisers of saltworks, produces excellent food for many kinds of birds, which for this reason rest, feed and breed in saltworks. The basic steps in the evolution of solar salt production process are identified, where the final one corresponds to modern saltworks operation. It is shown that especially modern saltworks are not just salt production plants but they also function as integrated saline wetlands. Their ecological importance consists in the fact that they comprise the characteristics of both regular and hypersaline wetlands. Modern saltworks are also compared with natural saline ecosystems, taking as an example the case of Kalloni Saltworks in Lesvos island and .Aliki. lake, located in the nearby island of Lemnos.|
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|Korovessis NA||Chemical Engineer M.Sc., Technical Director, HELLENIC SALTWORKS S.A. 1, Asklipiou str, 10679 Athens,||email@example.com||4|
|Lekkas TD||University of the Aegean, Dept. of Environmental Studies||http://firstname.lastname@example.org||71|
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