Water in the Oceans is Ancient

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Health Editor’s Note: Of course we know that the oceans are salty. It takes a small amount of sea water that gets into your mouth to know this fact.  What I did not know is that the Great Lakes could be considered salty.  While the Great Lakes have minerals they do not have sodium so they do not taste salty they are filled with minerals.  The term “fresh water” must just mean no sodium but there are lots of other minerals involved.  Also, an ion in water in the Great Lakes takes about 200 years before it is gone, but ions in the oceans are there for 100-200 million years. Whew! That is a long time!…..Carol

Why Is the Ocean Salty?

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D./ThoughtCo

Have you ever wondered why the ocean is salty? Have you wondered why lakes might not be salty? Here’s a look at what makes the ocean salty and why other bodies of water have a different chemical composition.

  • The oceans of the world have a fairly stable salinity of about 35 parts per thousand. The main salts include dissolved sodium chloride, magnesium sulfate, potassium nitrate, and sodium bicarbonate. In water, these are sodium, magnesium, and potassium cations, and chloride, sulfate, nitrate, and carbonate anions.
  • The reason the sea is salty is because it is very old. Gases from volcanoes dissolved in the water, making it acidic. The acids dissolved minerals from lava, producing ions. More recently, ions from eroded rocks entered the ocean as rivers drained into the sea.
  • While some lakes are very salty (high salinity), some do not taste salty because they contain low amounts of sodium and chloride (table salt) ions. Others are more dilute simply because the water drains toward the sea and is replaced by fresh rainwater or other precipitation.

Why the Sea Is Salty

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  1. I would like to interject on this interesting subject. Again, if we are to accept the translations of Ancient linguistic and author Zecharia Stichin, in one of the famous Sumerian clay tables is the epic of Enuma Ellish- The epic of creation of our solar system particularly. According to Mr Stichin, it involved an external and very distant planet, however still part of our system, called Niburu which has a comet like ecliptic/trajectory slightly angled comparing to the common bodies in our solar system. In that epic, Nibru impacted twice with a planet called Tiamat. On the first impact, the “waters of Tiamat and Niburu mingled “. On the second collision, even with the waters mingling, it had hit Tiamat so badly that half oi it went to space and froze in these vacuum conditions. The water and rocks/plasma of that part Tiamat gave us the Asteroid belts, a possible explanation of why geologists found that Earth is missing a massive amount of crust . The 2nd half of Tiamat together with its moon Kingfu got their place to the actual Earth and moon.

    • …The late Lloyd Pye illustrates and summarise this very well in his books- Everything you know is (still) wrong onto part 4. In it, he used astrophysics research works and compare it with Mr Stichin translations. The astrophysics works detected that comets water is similar to Earth (H2O) but some other comets waters are of a heavier (D2O) nature from somewhere else, probably from planet Niburu, the possible and famous planet X we hear about in recent years.

  2. “Earth’s Missing Geothermal Flux” > FauxScienceSlayer(.)com
    Virtually ALL groundwater is “elemental” by byproduct of mantle fission. Ocean evaporation creates near pure water vapor, forming rain and snow runoff, the combined effects gradual create fresh water lakes, also see >
    “Volcanic CO2” by Timothy Casey > Geologist-1011(.)net