explain the to me. why the frigg are all our oceans full of sodium chloride


@anarchiv Rain is slightly acidic from carbon dioxide in the air. This acidity breaks down rocks into ions, which flow to the ocean through streams and whatnot. Some ions are broken down by animals in the ocean and removed that way. Others, like sodium ions and chloride ions, stick around.

The ocean is salty because it's full of what are left of rocks that got rained on.

@anarchiv I could have just linked this but the process of explaining something in my own words helped me to understand it better.


@anarchiv @Anarkat so in stl the weather is like. totally, completely, horrendously volatile and will fluctuate from sub-0 (celsius) temperatures to ~mid-20s (celsius) within a day. A while back in fall it had been super super cold with tons of snow and ice for days on end, so there was a TON of salt in the streets and sidewalks to melt the ice

@anarchiv @Anarkat then, one day, right after there was a bunch of snow and ice and salt on the ground, the temperatures skyrocketed way up into the comfortably warm area and melted all the snow and ice super fast. well, the melted snow and ice mixed with the salt, and when it evaporated into a dense fog, the airborne salt fog collected on the electrical transformers in the area and they all shorted out and exploded

@anarchiv @Anarkat several neighborhoods in the city lost power because of all this

@nutt holy crap? that happens? can we weaponise this somehow?

@anarchiv @nutt Yeah, let me just spin up my localized weather controller.

@anarchiv @Anarkat yeah it was wild, the weather and electrical people said they hadn't seen it happen like... nearly ever

@anarchiv The rain absorbs carbon dioxide from the air. Basically the rain gets SodaStreamed by ambient CO2, which makes it acidic.

@anarchiv Rain is always slightly acidic because it mixes with naturally occurring oxides in the air. Unpolluted rain would have a pH value of between 5 and 6. When the air becomes more polluted with nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide the acidity can increase to a pH value of 4.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.