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Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

saline water
Water that generally is considered unsuitable for human consumption or for irrigation because of its high content of dissolved solids. Generally expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/L) of dissolved solids, with 35,000 mg/L defined as sea water, slightly saline is 1,000-3,000 mg/L, moderately saline is 3,000-10,000 mg/L, very saline is 10,000-35,000 mg/L, and brine has more than 35,000 mg/L [22].