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In just one gallon of seawater there is a quarter pound of total salts in solution. A gallon of seawater, by the way, tips the scales at about eight and a quarter pounds.

Most of the salts in seawater are common salt, called sodium chloride.

In the total sea, we are told, there are 44,617,000,000,000,000 tons of salt. (How many pounds of salt is that?)

If you could assemble a freight train ninety-three million miles long, (a length equal to the distance from where you are reading this to the moon), and use this long, 50-ton-per-car train for hauling off a full load of the salt every day, it would have to be loaded 95,000 times and be in constant, daily service, for 260 years, seven days a week, before all the salt in the sea were thus removed to wherever you were dumping it.

If you dumped it on dry land somewhere on this earth, it would cover the land to a depth of 855 feet.

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