Photographer: Edward Burtynsky/Courtesy Steidl

See the Mesmerizing Geometry of India's Salt Pans

Earlier this year, Edward Burtynsky, the photographer of industrialized landscapes whose large format prints sell for tens of thousands of dollars, trained his lens on the salt pans of India's Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The region's 100,000 salt workers extract approximately 1 million metric tons of salt annually from the floodwaters of the nearby Arabian Sea, an industry dating back more than four hundred years. Amid receding groundwater levels and declining market values, these photos, featured in a new book due from Steidl this month, capture a disappearing terrain—which, seen from above, recalls abstract painting.

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    Salt Pans #29, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #02, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #19, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #20, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #10, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #05, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #12, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #04, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #26, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky

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    Salt Pans #21, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, 2016

    Photographer: Edward Burtynsky