Ocean Salinity Quiz

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What are the major factors that determine ocean salinity? Well, if you don’t know, evaporation is one of them. The quiz below will help you better understand the other factors and more on ocean salinity. Enjoy the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    1) Where does the major part of salt in the Oceans come from?

    • A.

      A) Sea

    • B.

      B) Land

    • C.

      C) Water

    • D.

      D) Acid rain

    Correct Answer
    B. B) Land
    Explanation
    The major part of salt in the oceans comes from the land. This is because rivers and streams carry dissolved minerals and salts from the land into the oceans. Over time, the accumulation of these salts has resulted in the high salt content of seawater.

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  • 2. 

    2) How did salt end up in our Oceans?

    • A.

      A) Salt was always present in Oceans.

    • B.

      B) Acid rain falls into the Ocean. It contains Salts.

    • C.

      C) Volcanoes let out salt when they erupt.

    • D.

      D) Over millions of years, rains, rivers and streams have washed over rocks carrying away salt into the Ocean

    Correct Answer
    D. D) Over millions of years, rains, rivers and streams have washed over rocks carrying away salt into the Ocean
    Explanation
    Over millions of years, rains, rivers, and streams have washed over rocks, eroding them and carrying away salt into the ocean. This process is known as weathering. As water flows over rocks, it dissolves the minerals present in them, including salt. This dissolved salt is then carried by the water into rivers and eventually into the ocean. This continuous cycle of erosion and transportation has resulted in the accumulation of salt in our oceans over time.

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  • 3. 

    3) What is the common name for Sodium Chloride?

    • A.

      A) Table salt

    • B.

      B) Sea salt

    • C.

      C) Rock salt

    • D.

      D) Water salt

    Correct Answer
    A. A) Table salt
    Explanation
    Sodium chloride is commonly known as table salt because it is the most widely used salt in cooking and seasoning food. It is a white crystalline solid that is easily soluble in water and has a distinct salty taste. Table salt is derived from salt mines or by evaporating seawater. It is used not only for enhancing the flavor of food but also for preserving and pickling.

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  • 4. 

    4) What are Hydrothermal vents?

    • A.

      A) Openings in the earth's crust which continuously let out mineral-rich, hot water.

    • B.

      B) Openings in the earth's crust that let out cold and mineral deprived water.

    • C.

      C) Openings in the earth's crust that allows the flow of lava.

    • D.

      D) Openings in the earth's crust that let out toxic gases.

    Correct Answer
    A. A) Openings in the earth's crust which continuously let out mineral-rich, hot water.
    Explanation
    Hydrothermal vents are openings in the earth's crust that continuously release hot water enriched with minerals. These vents are found in the deep ocean and are formed by the interaction of seawater and magma beneath the earth's surface. The hot water released from these vents supports unique ecosystems and is home to various organisms that thrive in extreme conditions. The minerals dissolved in the water provide nutrients for these organisms, creating a diverse and specialized ecosystem around the hydrothermal vents.

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  • 5. 

    5) All bodies of salt have the same amounts of salinty.

    • A.

      A) True

    • B.

      B) False

    Correct Answer
    B. B) False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because not all bodies of salt have the same amounts of salinity. Salinity refers to the concentration of salt in water, and it can vary depending on factors such as evaporation, rainfall, and the presence of other minerals. Different bodies of saltwater, such as oceans, seas, and lakes, can have varying levels of salinity. Additionally, man-made bodies of saltwater, such as salt pans or salt mines, can also have different salinity levels depending on the extraction process. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that all bodies of salt have the same amounts of salinity.

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  • 6. 

    6) The salinity in water is measured by ppt. Ppt stands for:

    • A.

      A) Parts pertaining titanium

    • B.

      B) Parts per tens

    • C.

      C) Parts per thousand

    Correct Answer
    C. C) Parts per thousand
    Explanation
    The salinity in water is measured in ppt, which stands for "parts per thousand". This unit is used to express the concentration of dissolved salts in water. It represents the number of parts of salt per thousand parts of water.

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  • 7. 

    7) The average salinity of Oceans is:

    • A.

      A) 45 ppt

    • B.

      B) 1000 ppt

    • C.

      C) 15 ppt

    • D.

      D) 35 ppt

    Correct Answer
    D. D) 35 ppt
    Explanation
    The average salinity of the oceans is 35 ppt. Salinity refers to the concentration of dissolved salts in water. The average salinity of the oceans is determined by factors such as evaporation, precipitation, and the input of freshwater from rivers. It is measured in parts per thousand (ppt). The average salinity of 35 ppt indicates that for every 1000 grams of seawater, there are 35 grams of dissolved salts.

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  • 8. 

    8) The salinity levels of freshwater is usually less than

    • A.

      A) 0.5 ppt

    • B.

      B) 1 ppt

    • C.

      C) 0.7 ppt

    • D.

      D) 0.9 ppt

    Correct Answer
    A. A) 0.5 ppt
    Explanation
    Freshwater typically has lower salinity levels compared to saltwater. Salinity is a measure of the amount of dissolved salts in water, expressed in parts per thousand (ppt). The given answer, "a) 0.5 ppt," suggests that the salinity levels of freshwater are usually less than 0.5 ppt. This means that for every 1000 parts of water, there are less than 0.5 parts of dissolved salts.

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  • 9. 

    9) What is brackish water?

    • A.

      A) Water between 10 ppt and 11 ppt.

    • B.

      B) Water between 0.5 ppt and 17 ppt

    • C.

      C) Water between 0.4 ppt and 0.9 ppt

    • D.

      D) Water between 0.1 ppt and 0.5 ppt

    Correct Answer
    B. B) Water between 0.5 ppt and 17 ppt
    Explanation
    Brackish water is a term used to describe water that has a salinity level between freshwater and seawater. The correct answer, option b, states that brackish water has a salinity range between 0.5 ppt (parts per thousand) and 17 ppt. This means that brackish water is slightly salty but not as salty as seawater. It can be found in estuaries, mangrove swamps, and certain coastal areas where freshwater mixes with seawater.

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  • 10. 

    10) If humans drink Ocean water what happens to their bodies?

    • A.

      A) Dehydration. Cells and organs cannot function properly.

    • B.

      B) Blood pumps salt into the heart and causes heart failure.

    • C.

      C) Salt increases body temperature.

    • D.

      D) Stops blood circulation

    Correct Answer
    A. A) Dehydration. Cells and organs cannot function properly.
    Explanation
    If humans drink ocean water, their bodies will experience dehydration. This is because ocean water contains a high concentration of salt, which draws water out of the cells and organs. Without enough water, cells and organs cannot function properly, leading to various health issues. Drinking ocean water does not cause salt to increase body temperature or stop blood circulation, as mentioned in options c) and d). Blood pumping salt into the heart and causing heart failure, as mentioned in option b), is not a direct consequence of drinking ocean water.

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