Published in Overland Issue Print Issue 199 Winter 2010 Main Posts / Writing Salt Adam Ford He steps out onto the dry, white lakebed. Hears the crunch of crystals underfoot. Tries not to imagine whiteness creeping over rubber and dusting leather on its journey to his ankle. He keeps his feet moving all the same. He understands the science: the shallow root systems of introduced plants, the water that rises from deep underground, bringing with it things that are best kept buried. He invokes the mantra of electron transfer, of ionic bonds that form when water evaporates. Magnesium sulphate. Calcium sulphate. Sodium chloride. He knows the physics and the chemistry of it all, but when he bends down on one knee and takes a pinch between his thumb and fingers, feels the grains’ sharp edges intent on piercing skin, he knows it isn’t salt he’s standing on. It’s the powdered glass they put into the flour. Adam Ford Adam Ford is the author of Man Bites Dog, The Third Fruit is a Bird, Not Quite the Man for the Job and Heroes and Civilians. He has written for Australian Author, Desktop, Going Down Swinging and Cordite. He blogs at theotheradamford. More by Adam Ford Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?