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Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (right) near Carlsbad, N.M.

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Salt bed in desert shakes out as place to entomb nuke waste

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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