This Morton Salt Mine is just 30 miles east of Cleveland in Fairport Harbor, OH. Established in 1959, the 2000 foot deep salt mine was acclaimed as the country’s deepest and most modern salt mine at that time. Ohio salt mines are the third largest producer of the precious mineral in the entire country - Taking advantage of salt deposits left by a shallow, warm, salty sea that dried up about 400 million years ago.
The mine was also home to the Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven (IMB) neutrino detector from 1981 to 1991. IMB consisted of a roughly cubical tank about 80’ x 70’ x 70’, filled with 2.5 million gallons of ultrapure water which was surrounded by 2,048 photomultiplier tubes. In 1987, it gained fame in the astrophysics community for detecting 8 neutrinos emitted by Supernova 1987a, an extremely rare event.
The wood species that was salvaged from the site is known as Azobe and is native to West Africa. Its natural habitat is subtropical to tropical, moist lowland forests. Azobe is prized for its strength, durability and longevity - making it the perfect wood to shore up the roof and walls of the mine shaft.