FRESH, BRACKISH, AND SALT WATER

By Tayler Salazar

Fresh Water

Fresh water usually comes from a surface or ground source and contains less than 1% of sodium chloride. It is also naturally occurring water on the Earth's surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams as well as underground streams. Fresh water is a renewable, but it is also a finite natural resource.

Brackish Water

Brackish water, also known as Briny water is water that has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as salt water. It is a result of mixing salt water and fresh water, as in estuaries, bays, and harbors. Brackish water is very harmful towards most plant life, and if not properly handled it can be very harmful towards the environment as well.

Salt Water

Salt water, otherwise known as the ocean is known to have the highest level of salinity out of any water source. Seawater is denser than both fresh water and pure water due to the dissolved salts increasing the mass by a larger proportion than the volume of the water.