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Old 11-17-2003, 04:37 PM   #11
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I am not sure just how cool it is if we are losing water every day that is not replaced.
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Sorry, I meant it was cool to find something that "sort" of verified something you read elsewhere, in such a short space of time. I'll go find the quote I found and post it
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Old 11-17-2003, 04:49 PM   #13
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Why doesn't the ocean get saltier from evaporation like our tanks do?
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'Cause it gets less salty from all the rain.
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Nope, Most of that rain falls on land and then carries even more salts down to the ocean.
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Here you go: http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/lin....html&edu=high

"So, the oceans are getting saltier every day...but the rate of increase is so small we can't even measure it yet!"

"Salinity of the top layer of the ocean is closely linked with precipitation and evaporation. Evaporation leaves behind dissolved salts increasing salinity and precipitation "freshens" the top ocean layers. So, salinity is high in mid-latitudes where evaporation is high and precipitation is low. Salinity is low near the equator because precipitation is so high. Very high latitudes can also see decreases in salinity where sea ice melts and "freshens" the water."

Then you can get into the striations of salinity in a given column of water; it's WAY more complicated than I thought...
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