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Why is the Ocean Salty?
This resource explains how the oceans became salty. Topics include the source of the salt, how rainwater dissolves rock and carries the material away as dissolved ions, and the two most common ions in seawater. A link to additional information is also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: USGS-ED-000-000-000-076
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Water Science for Schools'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Water Science for Schools
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/

Contact: Joseph J. Kerski
Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Contact: Howard Perlman
United States Geological Survey (USGS)