(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

The salt industry on the Danish Kattegat island of Læsø (1150-1652) : Hypersaline source, climatic dependence, and environmental impact

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HANSEN J.M. (1) ;
(1) Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Copenhagen, DANEMARK


Around 1,700 ruins of Medieval salt production huts have been identified on the island of Læsø. It is shown that present-day settings of hypersaline groundwater accumulations are comparable to the palaeo-settings of the Medieval salt production and that up to 135 production huts were simultaneously active during more than 400 years from the production began around 1150–1200 until the industry culminated around 1585 and completely ceased only a few decades later. The growth and decline in number of active production huts was not only caused by shortage of fuel as hitherto believed, but more importantly caused by climatic cooling and lack of hypersaline water


Article of periodic

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 110, no1 [pp. 1-24]

Bibliographic references : 32 ref.

Collation : 13 fig., 1 tabl.




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