beneath the salt

beneath the salt

In or at a position of low or common standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "beneath" it. Robert's tech firm bankrupted last month, so I guess he's back to sitting beneath the salt with us again. I know it makes me a snob, but I just consider these big summer blockbusters to be rather beneath the salt.
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The company designed and implemented the well with a sub-horizontal geometry and reached the aggregate depth of 6,672m, after drilling nearly 900 meters of carbonate rock beneath the salt layer.
Thus, the Horseshoe Bend Shale is now considered to be the host aquifer beneath the salt lakes and this aquifer is thought to supply most of the recharge water to the salt lake system.
This is important in complex areas like the Red Sea, where imaging beneath the salt bodies will be crucial.
The data was reprocessed in 2008 using the latest technology, including Reverse Time Migration PSDM, significantly enhancing the image of the reservoir beneath the salt.
MMS estimates that six to 16 Tcf of gas may lie beneath the salt sheets and could yield 200 to 500 Bcf of gas production between 2008 and 2010.