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The second from the serie on salt pans in Secovlje



SALT-PANS THROUGH THE CENTURIES

The short, no more than 46.6 km long coast of Slovene Istra was at the beginning of this century still strewn with a number of salt-pans. The most important among them were the piran salt-pans, of which only the miniature pans at Strunjan and the extensive Secovlje salt-pans (covering some 850 ha) along the mouth of the Dragonja river have survived to this day. The first written records concerning the Piran pans, for which it is not known when they actually began to spring up, date to the second half of the 13th century from the Piran statute. During several changes in political and social condotions as well as with their continuously new rulers: the Venetian republic, French and Austrian Empires, Italian state, Yugoslavia and Slovenia. there have been a number of significant turning points in the apatial and technological development of the salt-pans, the last one at the end of the 60's, when the production of salt was abandoned in the southern part of Secovlje salt-pans called Fontanigge. This area has been continuously transformed, by the workings of nature, into a series of diverse and more or less saline biotopes which supplement each other and form a closed ecosystem.

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