Sea water

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Salt water in the oceans around the world. Sea water averages 96.5% water and 3.5% salts with associated compounds.

Synonyms and Related Terms

seawater; ocean water; salt water; Meerwasser (Deut.); agua de mar (Esp.); eau de mer (Fr.); zeewater (Ned.); woda morska (Pol.);


  • Ingesting substantial amounts can cause a fatal ionic imbalance.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Colorless with pH=7.8-8.2

Melting Point -2.78 C
Density 1.02 g/ml
Boiling Point 101.1 C

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993

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