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Wettest Parts of Earth Getting Wetter, Driest Parts Drier
Climate-driven changes in ocean salinity over last 50 years could bring floods and droughts.
Apr 26, 2012
By Joel N. Shurkin, ISNS Contributor
Inside Science News Service
(ISNS) –The warming climate is altering the saltiness of the world’s oceans, and the computer models scientists have been using to measure the effects are underestimating changes to the global water cycle, a group of Australian scientists have found.
The water cycle is the worldwide phenomenon of rainwater falling to the surface, evaporating back into the air and falling again as rain.
The wetter parts of the world are getting wetter and the drier parts drier. The researchers know this because the saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts, fresher.