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Re: What is the danger of desalinating water?

Date: Sat Mar 25 12:10:11 2000
Posted By: Henry Boyter, Senior Scientist
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 949885757.Ch

If done properly, there would be almost no danger.  If taken from clean 
seawater, the only products will be "fresh" water and concentrated salt 
water.  The salty water can be used as a source of commercial salt or as a 
starting chemical for other processes.  It could also be returned to the 
ocean where it came from.  The increase in salt for the ocean would be 
zero because the ocean is so big.  The only thing I can think of would be 
if the salty water was dumped on land, whcih would cause problems for the 
soil and fresh water sources.

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