Salt is a contradiction in itself. Halite requires a specific set of environmental conditions for growth, yet it is fairly common. It is extremely soluble, but many well-preserved examples are known from the rock record. It has been used by people for centuries as a food preservative, yet traditionally has been considered a poor fossilizer of other organisms. Recent studies have shown, however, that halite may be an excellent source for microfossils (e.g., Vreeland et al., 2000; Fish et al., 2002; Mormile et al., 2003; Schubert et al., 2005).

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