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Artificial salt licks
People use salt licks to attract or maintain wildlife, whether it be for viewing, photography or hunting purposes. Many companies now produce salt that includes all the trace minerals and is fairly inexpensive. It comes in either bagged or block form.
The most common method for using bagged salt is as follows:
For salt blocks, the usual method is to follow the first two steps above, dig an 18" to 20" hole in the middle, drop the block in and cover it with soil.
After several good rains, the mineralized salt dissolves into the surrounding soil. Wildlife find the salt/mineral and begin licking and eating the soil. An artificial salt lick usually lasts from six months to a year.
Salt blocks are also used by farmers for domesticated animals.
In Norse mythology, before the creation of the world, it was the divine cow Audhumla who, through her licking of the cosmic salt ice, gave form to Buri, ancestor of the gods and grandfather of Odin. On the first day as Audhumla licked, Buri's hair appeared from the ice, on the second day his head and on the third his body.
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