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About 7 kms north of Swakopmund one finds the Swakopmund Salt Company. Outside the main gate there is a newly erected ‘lighthouse’, a strange site in the typically barren-looking landscape of the central Namib Desert coast. The ‘lighthouse’ motif forms part of the company’s logo and appears on their bags of salt. Here the coastline has been extensively altered to create numerous evaporation ponds. Immediately inland lie the gravel plains of the Namib Desert.
Production of the concentrated brine at the salt pan, known as Panther Beacon, began in 1933, but by 1952 the salt source was exhausted. Seawater has since been pumped into open evaporation and concentration ponds from which crystallized salt is removed with mechanical scrapers. The pans are shallow and of varying salinity. A large wooden commercial guano platform covering 31 000 m2 has been built in one of the northern pans.
Mile 4 (the name by which this area is known .... 4 miles north of Swakopmund) occasionally supports massive numbers of water birds and the guano platform has supported up to 700 000 Cape Cormorants.
A more resent enterprise is oyster farming and the Richwater Oyster Company has been cultivating oysters in the pan since 1985.

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