Water and Ice

Oceans and Seas

Why is the Mediterranean Sea so salty

Due to the high temperatures in the Mediterranean region, evaporation of the Mediterranean Sea occurs more rapidly than in other bodies of water, therefore more salt is left behind. The warm, dense, salty water in the Mediterranean is replaced by less salty and dense Atlantic water in the Strait of Gibraltar. Water that flows into the Mediterranean from the Atlantic Ocean usually remains in the Sea for anywhere from 80 to 100 years before returning to the Atlantic Ocean.


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