By: Kristen and Tyrisha

The Unique Nature Of Pure Water

3 States Of Water: Solid, Liquid, and Gas

Latent heat of melting: The amount of heat required to melt a substance; water has a higher latent heat of melting than any other commonly occurring substance

Water's Heat Capacity: The amount of heat to raise the temperature; Water has one of the highest heat capacities

Water as a Solvent: Water can be dissolve more things than any other natural substance and is often called the universal solvent; water is good at dissolving salts


Top 6 Solutes:

  • Chloride 55.03
  • Sodium 30.59
  • Sulfate 7.68
  • Magnesium 3.68
  • Calcium 1.18
  • Potassium 1.11

Salinity: The total amount of salt dissolved in seawater

Affect: Organisms are affected by the total amount of salt, but also the kind of salt

Rule of Constant Proportions: States that the relative amounts of the various ions in seawater are always the same

Affect density: Salinity also influences seawater density; the saltier the water, the denser it is



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Water Vapor