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PInk Halite leaks?

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A friend of mine gave me candlestick for tea lights made from Himalayan Salt. Searching the net for pictures that looks like it, i found out that this is something like Pink Halite Today i discovered that this rock leaks some kind of liquid. The rock has been abandoned nearly a year or more in a high bookshelf, so there is no chance that the liquid comes from another source. The liquid is transparent like a water, but it feels like diluted oil So, my question is...Is this normal? What this liquid may be?

asked Mar 30, 2012 by Stavros (120 points)

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Hi, Halite can sometimes Deliquesce, which causes it to absorb water and slowly disintegrate. When it does this, it sometimes extrudes a brine solution which is basically a thick, salty water. That is probably what is happening. For more information please see this page: http://www.minerals.net/resource/property/efflores.aspx

answered Apr 1, 2012 by hershel (52,700 points)
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Himalayan Salt will degrade naturally due to humidity in the room. I have Himalayan Salt lamps and I generally keep them switched on at all times to avoid this 'leakage' you speak of. Where the liquid is do you find white salt crystals or powder? That is the salt in the liquid drying out. Try putting it in a room that is not so humid, or put it on a plate or dish to catch the liquid so it does not damage your shelf.

answered Mar 3, 2014 by Abbityabbi (1,700 points)

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