Fresh water

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noun - Fresh water is naturally occurring water on the Earth's surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as groundwater in aquifers and underground streams. Fresh water is generally characterized by having low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids. The term "sweet water" has been used to describe fresh water in contrast to salt water.

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Salt water

Salt water may refer to brackish water which is water that is saltier than fresh water, but not as salty as seawater or seawater which is water from oceans or seas.

Seawater

Seawater is water from a sea or ocean. On average, seawater in the world's oceans has a salinity of about 3.5% (35 g/L, or 599 mM). Seawater is denser than fresh water. The freezing point of seawater decreases as salt concentration increases. At typical salinity it freezes at about −2 °C (28 °F).

Synonym

sweet water, open body of water, open water

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