Who writes this salty stuff?


I'm John, and I run technical services in the SaltWork consultancy. Writing these monthly articles comes out my ongoing interest in all matters evaporitic. I have more than 30 years of experience working in saline systems focusing on applied aspects of carbonate-evaporite interactions, and I am the compiler of the SaltWork GIS database. I have written a few books on evaporites and saline geosystems, as well as published a number of scientific papers dealing with these topics.

In my previous life as a full-time academic, I had day-to-day interaction with pettiness and time-sinks involved in dealing with overpaid and underworked educational bureaucracies in western universities. The inherent herd-think was too much of a time sink, and so I resigned from academia at a western University. Today, I prefer to work each year living and consulting, based on the coast in Adelaide, Australia and for a portion of each year I work as a part-time academic in southeast Asia, where people have a "can-do" attitude

Over the years I have worked as a consultant on various saline rock characterization problems in metal and hydrocarbon exploration and training programs conducted by, for example; INPEX, MMG, Exxon International, BHP Billiton Resources, BHP Billiton Petroleum, Homestake, Pasminco, Shell International, Chevron International, Statoil, PTTEP, ADNOC, Saudi Aramco, Nexen, NIOC, VPI and others.

“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard.” 
Arthur Dent, on the public display of plans for the destruction of the Earth, in Douglas Adam's “Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy"