Does Water Penetrate All Of The Continental Rocks At Sea Level And Below?

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Offline FarmerJohn1324

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Does Earth's water penetrate the continental rock at sea level all over the world?

It seems like it would.

Does that mean that the water is always saline if you drill to below sea level?


Offline Bass

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Simple answer, no and no.
And I agree with you, it seems it should.  The level of the water table is dependent on several conditions- porosity, permeability, recharge, etc.  Parts of Death Valley are below sea level, yet still bone dry.  Fresh water can also displace salt water underground- which can even lead to the formation of fresh water "bubbles" beneath islands in the ocean (good thing, or islanders would have no fresh water).
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