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Why the sea is salty?

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The ocean is salty because minerals in the Earth's crust containing salts have been draining into it for millions of years. Fresh water from rain falls on land and dissolves these salts, mainly chlorine combined with sodium (i.e., table salt!) which then end up in the ocean. When sea water evaporates, it leaves the salt behind to become fresh water that gets deposited as rain (or snow) over the land.

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randy patton

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Physical oceanography, surface and internal wave characteristics, ocean currents, fluid mechanics, geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean optics, coastal dynamics, modeling and simulation, data analysis, El Nino and related large scale dynamics Not an expert in marine biology (some in bioluminescence) or chemical oceanography

Experience

26 years as professional scientist for research company working mostly on Navy and other government contracts. Projects included modeling, simulations and data analysis related to Non-acoustic Anti-submarine Warfare (NAASW). Other projects included remote sensing of ocean features, statistical analysis of ship tracks, ocean optics instrumentation development, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and sonar (SAS).

Publications
Journal of Physical Oceanography, 1984, "A Numerical Model for Low-Frequency Equatorial Dynamics" (with M. Cane)

Education/Credentials
MS Physical Oceanography, MIT, 1981 BS Applied Math, UC Berkeley, 1976

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Currently an Expert for All Experts in Advanced Math

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