These two volumes are the proceedings of the 8th World Salt Symposium, held 7 - 11 May 2000 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The papers in the proceedings deal with all aspects of salt and show how important salt is for mankind. "Salt: life depends on it" is not a fancy catchphrase, it is a simple fact. An example of its many vital roles is the use of salt as carrier of micronutrients. Iodization of salt prevents Iodine Deficiency Disorders, which affect or could affect the lives of billions of people. The papers in these proceedings show just how much progress has been achieved.
Salt and health is only one of the myriad of topics dealing with salt presented in the proceedings. Geology, solution mining and production are of course well represented. In line with the increased competition in the salt markets and the increased environmental awareness of the salt producers and the salt consumers, salt processing, salt markets and the relation between salt and the environment get ample attention.