Date: Sat May 19 20:45:02 2001
Posted By: Kai Bester, Post-doc/Fellow, Environmental Science, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
Area of science: Chemistry
Well yes and no.
- In both cases the main component is sodium chloride which is the
- In ocean water there are additionally minor components e.g.
calcium, carbonates, sulphates, and
additionally there are also traces of iron and other salts.
In Ocean water there is ~ 4-5% sodium chloride
some part-per-thousand minor compounds
and some part-per-million trace components.
The Dead Sea may hold some more sulphates as it is not open to the
Ocean but on
general terms it will be the same.
By the way, not all table salts are alike. Some are gained by exploiting
"salt mines" and some are gained from the sea. Anyway they are
refined to get sodium
chloride in a very pure form.
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