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Salt Water Definition

Salt water is water found in oceans. It is salty.

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Oceans, Lakes and Rivers

Fun Facts

  • Salt water cannot be drunk because it's too salty.
  • 97% of Earth's water is salt water in the oceans.
  • Oceans are very large areas of salt water.

Why Do We Need To Know About Salt Water

Learning about salt water helps us know why it’s important to take care of it for many jobs. It’s home to lots of sea creatures like fish, dolphins, and sea turtles. Studying the ocean, protecting sea life, and caring for sick sea animals are important.

Knowing about salt water is also key for jobs that help the environment and manage water for farming and drinking. This knowledge is important for protecting ocean plants and making sure we use our salt water wisely.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is salt water?
Salt water is all the water found in the oceans. It has salt in it.

What is fresh water?
Fresh water is all the other types of water found on Earth that is not salt water. Fresh water is found in lakes, rivers, glaciers and underground.
What is groundwater?
Groundwater is fresh water found beneath the Earth’s surface. Groundwater can be found in the cracks and spaces between soil, sand and rocks.
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