Is there salt dissolved in seawater? Of course there is -- why else would there
be a salty taste.......
All water, both fresh and sea water, contains
dissolved chemicals in the form of salts. Water is considered fresh or salty according to
individual taste, but detailed measurements prove otherwise, since even rain water
contains a small concentration of salt that it absorbs while falling through the atmosphere.
Used with Permission of Matthias Tomczak ©Copyright 1997
As the picture above illustrates, sea water is composed of, by
weight, a mixture of approximately 96.5% pure water molecules (H2O molecules in diagram) and 3.5% of salts, dissolved gases, organic materials, and
The salty taste associated with sea water comes from the two of the
most common ions in the salt, chloride (Cl-) and sodium (Na+), which are surrounded by water (H2O) molecules in the
(Remember that ions are atoms or
combinations of atoms with charges, either negative or positive, depending
on the difference in the number of electrons and protons; ions with more
protons than electrons will result in a positive charge, more electrons
than protons will produce a negative charge).