posted on Nov, 23 2011 @ 04:57 PM
reply to post by poet1b
geez, I've never seen so many posts pulled in one thread....
stop bickering you guys
I wonder if these ice columns formed by the super cold brine sinking continue to grow larger and anchor the forming ice shelf above to the sea bed.
I can't see an anchor happening. Brine is still salt and very unstable. In the water, it will not have the chance to solidify like in a cave.
What happens to the brine itself once it reached the sea bed? Is it absorbed into the sea bed?
someone correct me if I'm wrong, but No.
Does this mean that solids dissolved by water flowing into the sea, get re-generated into solids by this ice forming action?
hhmmm, well yes but only because of the cold temperature. the salt/brine is a solid in the ocean, it's just usually not seen because it's
You can take a glass of saltwater and set it on a shelf and let it evaporate. the remaining solids are the salt. The solids/salt never evaporate.
Of course, SMTRu44 can no doubt explain it way better than I can. I maintained saltwater tanks for years for both retail and customers so I know a
little but not much.
The salt never goes away, never evaporates, never gets absorbed. Only the plain old H2O can change the salinity.
edit on 23-11-2011 by
horseplay because: typo. pet peeve.