Why is salt water a solution? The other issue is, of course, is why is salt water a mixture. Salt easily dissolves in water, but salt water cannot be identified as a substance because its formula can change. CHEMISTRY GLOSSARY Salt water is the salt water of the sea and ocean. This water has a high percentage of dissolved salt. About 90 percent of it is likely to be sodium chloride, or ordinary table salt. You may be wondering what category salt water belongs to. It means that saltwater collected in one region may have different amounts of salt to the salt water found in another location. Hence, salt water is a mixture and it cannot be identified as a substance. Salt water is essentially a product that is obtained by adding water and salt. Salt water salinity varies in various regions of the world. Saltwater found around the equator may have lower salinity, while the Mediterranean Sea's saltwater has higher salinity. This article will discuss why saltwater is a solution, how it is also a homogeneous mixture, and the process of mixing salt and water in lieu of describing saltwater as a solution in physical chemistry. Saltwater, as mentioned above, is in the liquid form. For example, if salt and pepper are mixed together, the distinct salt granules and pepper flakes can be identified. The rate of dissolution of salt into water is affected by the reaction that occurs between the solvent and the solute, which leads to the dissolution of salt into water. Interestingly, heating up the mixture can influence both the amount of salt that is dissolved and how quickly it is dissolved. Sea salt is known to be obtained by the evaporation of seawater by heat from the sun. The seawater is collected into a pond and treated by an evaporation process that leaves the liquid free, leaving only the sea salt for harvesting.
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