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Nevada and California state patrol officers (above) conduct radiological surveys and mechanical inspections on a Nevada Test Site transuranic waste shipment destined for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. Most of the WIPP lies underground in a vast, ancient salt bed.

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The next time you have a saltshaker handy, you might want to remove a few grains. If you have a simple magnifying glass, you’ll see the salt is really tiny cubes. Salt is a mineral and each grain is a well-formed crystal that breaks into cubic shapes.

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