Crystal Mountain - State of Hessen 2019

Exploring micro and macro landscapes on a manmade mountain.
Nicknamed "Monte Kali," this mountain stands 205 meters tall from foot to summit, reaching 500 m above sea level. It is the slag heap of K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH, used for disposing of the unavoidable byproducts of their nearby salt mine. The excavated material, primarily rock salt, is mixed with water, and the resulting sludge is pumped onto the heap. There, the sludge hardens as the water evaporates, creating a vast, lifeless, and salty mountain. The artificial rock face that emerges is crystalline and gives a hollow sensation when walked upon. Currently, there are eight of these crystal mountains in the mining areas of central Germany.