What would happen if all the salt in the oceans suddenly disappeared?

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That salt eh!

A litre of seawater contains around 35g of dissolved salt, so desalinating the entire ocean would involve removing 45 million billion tonnes of salt. The sudden reduction in weight pressing on the seabed would probably trigger earthquakes and volcanoes around the globe.

Because freshwater is less dense, the Arctic icecap would sink an extra 10cm into the water, creating the largest tidal wave the planet has ever seen along northern Europe, Russia and Canada. A few hours later, virtually all marine life would die as their cells swelled and ruptured due to osmosis (water molecules move towards areas of higher salt concentration). They would sink to the ocean floor, but their bodies wouldn’t decompose, because all marine bacteria would be dead too. Marine algae are responsible for at least half of Earth’s oxygen production, so there would be mass extinctions on land as well.

So there we go, salt is all. Be warned, be affraid...

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Without salt, with all the billions of creatures that die in the oceans every day, the seas would quickly become stagnant and oooh so putrid!
 

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I would love to know where all the salt came from in first place. The narrative is kind of sketchy.
 

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According to Creationists the oceans are getting saltier, and the rate of increasing saltiness shows that their age cannot be the billions of years so needed by the theory of evolution

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Date: 2019-10-02 13:22:41
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If all those microbes and bacteria die off too, it wouldn't stink. No problem ... :geek:
 

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