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Q&A: Evaporated saltwater leaves salt behind

Evaporated saltwater leaves salt

Two related questions:

• I know that clouds are formed by water being absorbed. Does the water absorbed over the oceans still have a salt content? If so, when that water falls to Earth, is it in the form of saltwater?

• It seems to me that nearly all of the rain that comes from a hurricane is water drawn from the sea. If that is truly the case, what happens to the salt in the seawater as it becomes rain?

We asked Mike Clay, chief meteorologist at Bay News 9, for an answer to these somewhat related questions. His reply:

"Water in rain or clouds is water vapor that has evaporated from the oceans. Salt doesn't evaporate, so it stays in the water.

"It is a similar situation to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. The water vapor forms rain, so it doesn't rain oil and it doesn't rain saltwater. Thank goodness."

Countries offer U.S. disaster aid

Do other countries ever offer any type of aid to the United States after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Irene or the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Countries offered aid to the United States after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash after Katrina, the Washington Post reported in 2007, but only $126 million in cash from 40 donors was received.

These countries gave the biggest cash pledges: United Arab Emirates ($100 million); China and Bahrain ($5 million each); South Korea ($3.8 million); and Taiwan ($2 million). A total of $454 million in cash was pledged by more than 150 countries and foreign organizations.

Several countries, including Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Japan and Netherlands, among others, sent equipment or offered help after last year's oil spill, the Post reported.

Huckabee and the U.N.

I received a recorded phone call from Gov. Mike Huckabee asking me to sign a petition to get rid of the United Nations in the United States and bulldoze the building! He was looking for a million signatures, and I have no doubt he will find them. What is the best way to counteract this and show support for the U.N.?

Politicians do some, uh, unusual things sometimes. This one seems less likely to have an impact on the official United States view on the United Nations, and is more likely an effort to keep Huckabee's name in the public view and to identify like-minded people for possible donations.

You can write to Huckabee directly and express your opinion of his movement by going to www.mikehuckabee.com/contact?p=contact-us.

Q&A: Evaporated saltwater leaves salt behind 10/02/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 2, 2011 4:30am]
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