What minerals are dissolved in river water?

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What minerals are dissolved in river water?
« on: 15/02/2009 21:09:23 »
What minerals are dissolved in river water and carried in solution?
What form do they take (ie. the names of the acid etc)?

I've got carbonic acid...

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« Last Edit: 16/02/2009 10:05:15 by chris »

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Re: What minerals are dissolved in river water?
« Reply #1 on: 16/02/2009 02:48:15 »
There would probably be sodium, potassium, and magnesium among other things mostly as their ions. There may also be nitrites and nitrates from fertilizer run-off.

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What minerals are dissolved in river water?
« Reply #2 on: 16/02/2009 10:06:30 »
The water composition will depend strongly upon the local environment through which the water has percolated to reach the river. For instance a limestone-rich terrain will yield water with a high calcium load.

I don't think it's possible to be anything more than very general with this answer.

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