Chemistry of representative closed-basin, saline lake waters

Table
Chemistry of representative closed-basin,
saline lake waters*
1 2 3 4 5 6
Carson Sink, Nevada Bristol Lake, California Salton Sea, California Great Salt Lake, Utah Surprise Valley Lake, California Deep Springs Lake, California
silica 19 — 20.8 48 36 —
calcium 261 43,296 505 241 11 3.1
magnesium 129 1,061 581 7,200 31 1.2
sodium 56,800 57,365 6,249 83,600 4,090 111,000
potassium 3,240 3,294 112 4,070 11 19,500
bicarbonate 322 — 232 251 1,410 9,360
carbonate — — — — 664 22,000
sulfate 786 223 4,139 16,400 900 57,100
chlorine 88,900 172,933 9,033 140,000 4,110 119,000
Total 152,000 279,150 20,900 254,000 10,600 335,000
pH 7.8 7.4 9.2
*In parts per million.
Source: James I. Drever, The Geochemistry of Natural Waters, copyright 1982, Table 9-1, p. 206. Reproduced by permission of Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
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