The properties of water and its uses depend on its mineral content. What minerals are found in water and how do they affect it?
- Water contains dissolved mineral ions, such as sodium, calcium and magnesium.
- The presence of mineral ions in different concentrations makes water either hard or soft.
- Hard water is formed in limestone and chalk regions.
- Soft water is formed with igneous or sedimentary rocks.
We think of it as one of the purest substances on the planet but water is not always as pure you might think.
Water contains dissolved mineral ions, such as sodium, calcium and magnesium and it's the presence of these ions in different concentrations that makes water hard or soft water.
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