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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 2 months ago

Is it possible purify only one part of the ocean?

Each of the oceans are connected. Hypothetically would it be possible to practice desalination on only one ocean without it affecting the others?

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  • Joe
    Lv 4
    1 month ago
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    You have your scale all wrong.  The most mankind could possible desalinate in 100 years would not fill a large lake.  There is no "hypothetically".  There are freshwater currents running in all the oceans.  These currents are far larger than the largest rivers.  Where they run and their temperature defines all weather.  These currents are the most critical factor in Global Warming.

  • 1 month ago

    They recently found fresh water pockets in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of the US northeastern coast.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Since they are all connected, just how do you think it might be possible to desalinate one ocean and not affect all the water connected to that ocean.

  • 2 months ago

    Your question really fails at its fourth word: 'purify'; which should have been your fifth word: 'Is it possible to purify ...'. The word is vague and you would have to say what you mean by purify.

    Let me give a simple example. An environmental health officer (EFO) may declare the drinking water in a school as pure. What the EHO means is the water is safe for human consumption. However, a chemist would not consider such potable water as pure. Water safe for humans to drink does not just contain molecules of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), it will have other substances dissolved in it. A chemist will only consider water to be pure if it contains nothing but H2O molecules.

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  • 2 months ago

    You answer your own question.  The system is way too open to permit isolation of a small part of it for the amount of time needed to achieve the goal.  Be like trying to mix a cake under a running tap.  The mixed stuff would run out and new water would dilute the mix, so you would have to add mix again.  You would never end up ahead.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That would not be possible.  Salt Water ocean is vital for Marine Life to exist.

    We can remove the salt for our own use fairly easy.

  • 2 months ago

    no, not possible.      

    first you ask about part of the ocean, then about the entire ocean ....

    but you would have to isolate the water you wanted to desalinate.

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